Professor Green cut James Arthur from new album after ‘X Factor’ winner ‘imploded’

Controversial singer proved too much for rapper's label

Professor Green has revealed that he cut a track featuring James Arthur from his new album after the X Factor winner “imploded” last year.

Arthur’s career has been dominated by controversies following his use of homophobic lyrics in an off-the-cuff rap track. The singer subsequently compared his professional situation to that of a captive killer whale and was dropped by Simon Cowell’s Syco earlier this year.

Speaking to The Mirror, Professor Green said he was made to leave his collaboration with Arthur off new album ‘Growing Up In Public’, which is due for release later this year.

“James Arthur was on that record. But then he just kind of imploded, didn’t he?” Green said. “It’s a shame, when I met him he was a cool guy but he just upset so many people. The label was just like, ‘It’s not happening’, and I can’t fight the people who I need to support me.”

However, he remains confident that Arthur can turn his life around and get past the problems that have affected him in the past 12 months. “When I met him, I thought he was a nice guy, so hopefully he can just bring some of that back and get people to focus on the music and maybe he can too, rather than getting concealed by all the bullshit.”

‘Growing Up In Public’ is due for release on September 22.