James Arthur cancels upcoming commitments citing ‘acute exhaustion’

Controversial 'X Factor' winner pulls all engagements for the foreseeable future

James Arthur has cancelled all of his upcoming commitments after being diagnosed with “acute exhaustion”.

Arthur has been involved in a number of incidents on Twitter in recent weeks after rapper Micky Worthless recorded a track mocking former X Factor 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.


A post on Arthur’s Facebook page this afternoon (November 22) confirmed the news regarding his diagnosis and offered an apology to fans. “Unfortunately James Arthur has been diagnosed with acute exhaustion and instructed to rest for several days by his doctor,” reads the statement.

It continues: “Regretfully, he has been forced to cancel all engagements during this period. James would like to apologise to his fans for any disappointment caused to them by these cancellations and he hopes to get back to full health as soon as possible.”

Arthur has already apologised for his homophobic slur in a series of tweets which have since been deleted.