Watch James Arthur busking in London train station while disguised as an old man

'X Factor' winner surprised fans at Waterloo station

James Arthur went undercover while busking at a London train station recently.

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.

After being¬†dropped from Simon Cowell’s label Syco Records, Arthur has experienced a resurgence this year. Comeback hit ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ reached number one in the UK and he released new album ‘Back From The Edge’ last week.

The Sun‘s Dan Wootton recently shared footage of Arthur donning cosmetics, long hair and a beard and busking at London’s Waterloo station. Arthur “made everyone’s day,” Wootton says. Watch that moment beneath.

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James Arthur went busking in Waterloo disguised as an old man and made everyone’s day

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.