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'X Factor' singer says he could have taken the reality TV route when his career dipped a couple of years ago.

James Arthur has revealed that he turned down a “life-changing” amount of money to appear on Celebrity Big Brother during his career lull.

The Middlesbrough-born singer won the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012, then saw his debut single ‘Impossible’ reach Number One. Both follow-up single ‘You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You’ and Arthur’s self-titled debut album peaked at Number Two the following year.

However, Arthur later established a reputation as something of a loose cannon and was forced to apologise after using homophobic lyrics in a diss track aimed at a rapper called Micky Worthless. He was subsequently dropped from Simon Cowell‘s label Syco Records.

“I got offered loads of reality shows including I’m A Celebrity and Celebrity Big Brother,” Arthur has now told Daily Star Sunday. “They were life-changing amounts of money. The most I got offered was £250,000 for CBB, which I really needed at the time, not knowing if I had a career.”

He added: “I’m a huge fan of those shows but I don’t think there’s any chance I would be back at Number One now if I’d gone down that route.”

Now re-signed to Syco, Arthur’s comeback single ‘Say You Won’t Let It Go’ reached Number One earlier this month and he released comeback album ‘Back From The Edge’ on Friday. He has also announced UK tour dates.

Arthur also spoke candidly about his mental health issues in a previous interview with The Sun, saying: “My lowest moment was when I was going to bed, I’d take 15 pre-rolled joints and smoke one after the other, popping anti-depressants. My head was an absolute mess.”