James Arthur apologises for homophobic slur on X Factor

Published Monday, Dec 2 2013, 12:10 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
James Arthur used his performance on Sunday night's X Factor to apologise for his recent behaviour before singing his new single.

James, who won The X Factor in 2012, took the opportunity to say sorry after he made a homophobic slur in a rap he recently performed.

James Arthur performs on X Factor 2013

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James apologised for his behaviour on The X Factor.

The star, 25, told host Dermot O'Leary: "It's been an amazing year for me, incredible highs paired with incredible lows. I've made some very silly mistakes but I just want to thank everyone who stuck by me through this difficult time.

"Above all, I just want to say sorry for abusing my position as an X Factor winner because I owe this show everything."

He then gave Dermot a hug and promised to stick to quiet nights in and camomile tea from now on.

James Arthur performs on X Factor 2013

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James performed his new single, Recovery, on the ITV show.

James got into trouble after writing controversial lyrics about an unknown artist called Micky Worthless, who he referred to as a "f***ing queer".

Some fans were so cross that they demanded a refund after buying James' album.

In fact, it's been a tough few months for James as he's moved from one public spat to another.

The singer quit Twitter in November after getting involved in an online row with comedian Frankie Boyle, who accused him of being homophobic on the social networking site.

James Arthur's album artwork for James Arthur, 2013

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James is promoting his new album, James Arthur.

James Arthur at Free Radio Live 2013 held at Birmingham LG Arena, Nov 13.

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James performed in Birmingham in November.

James said: "#LOVE to my fans but I'm coming off Twitter for good. HQ will be doing all my tweets from now on. PEACE!"

He's also fallen out with One Direction after taking a pop at boy bands, had a spat with Matt Cardle as they bickered over album sales, AND criticised rumoured ex-girlfriend Rita Ora.

Let's hope next year is a little calmer for this loud-mouthed singer.

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