James Arthur admits he was ‘probably always high’ on ‘X Factor’

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Singer won the ninth series of the ITV singing contest in 2012

James Arthur has revealed that he was “always high” during his X Factor appearances.

The Middlesbrough-born singer won the ninth series of the ITV singing contest in 2012. His debut single ‘Impossible’ reach number one while his self-titled debut album peaked at number two the following year. His career then experienced a slump before his unlikely comeback this year.

Speaking to the Daily Mail recently, the singer said: “James Arthur of X Factor was probably always high. I’m much more present and more here [now].”

Arthur has previously opened up about his struggles with drug abuse. In September, he told The Sun: “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… Quitting drugs has helped me gain some perspective. I don’t recognise that artist in my first album.”

After being dropped from Simon Cowell’s label Syco Records, Arthur has experienced a resurgence this year and resigned to the label. Comeback hit ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ reached number one in the UK and new album ‘Back From The Edge’ also reached top spot.

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Arthur recently said that he wants to be ‘crazy like Kanye West” on his next album.

Read more: James Arthur’s rise, fall and rise again

James Arthur will play the following live dates:

London, Koko (December 20)
Birmingham, O2 Institute (December 21)
Manchester, O2 Ritz (December 22)

Arthur made headlines back in 2013 for making homophobic comments when embroiled in a feud with rapper Micky Worthless, in which Arthur responded with a rap slamming him as a ‘fucking queer’ and urged him to ‘shoot himself’. He later apologised and said he was ‘extremely disappointed in himself’.

Earlier this year, Arthur opened about the extent of his ‘suicidal feelings’ following his career slump and being dropped by Simon Cowell’s label.