James Arthur apologises for 'silly mistakes' following performance on 'The X Factor'

Former winner returns to perform new song 'Recovery'

James Arthur apologises for 'silly mistakes' following performance on 'The X Factor'

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James Arthur apologised for making "silly mistakes" following his performance on The X Factor last night (December 1).

Arthur recently cancelled all of his upcoming commitments after being diagnosed with "acute exhaustion" following a number of incidents in recent weeks.

Rapper Micky Worthless recorded a track mocking the X Factor winner following his appearance on 1Xtra's Fire In The Booth. In response, Arthur laid down a diss track of his own, in which he called Worthless "fucking queer" and compared him to the Taliban.

Arthur was criticised by Matt Lucas, Frankie Boyle and more for his lyrics, and quit Twitter on November 18. The singer returned to the social network, however, when former X Factor contestant Lucy Spraggan shared text messages apparently sent by Arthur following the spat over homophobic lyrics.

Arthur returned from his short period out of the limelight to perform new song 'Recovery' live on ITV last night. Arthur, who won The X Factor in 2012, spoke to host Dermot O'Leary after the performance and apologised for his recent behaviour.

"It's been an amazing year for me. There's been incredible highs paired with some terrible lows. I've made a few very silly mistakes," he said. "I just want to thank all the people who are still supporting me and especially The X Factor for giving me the opportunity to do my dream job. Above all, I'd like to say sorry for abusing my position as an X Factor winner, because I owe everything to this thing."

Meanwhile, Arthur's sister Sian has spoken about her brother's recent problems and said that his newfound fame has "mentally broken" the singer. "We've been so worried about him this week, he's been diagnosed with depression and anxiety attacks. He put it really simply to me. He just said, 'Fame has mentally broken me'," she said in a new interview with the Sunday Mirror.

In November, a leading PR expert has said that James Arthur is "not sophisticated enough" for Twitter.

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