JAMES Arthur has hit out at critics who claim he had an easy ride into the industry thanks to The X Factor.
The star won Simon Cowell’s hit ITV show in 2012 before topping the charts with his debut single Impossible.
Since then he has had a rocky time in the spotlight – even being dropped and subsequently resigned by Syco.
Now, James has revealed the reason he turned to the hit series, letting rip at claims he hasn’t paid his dues in the industry.
Taking to Twitter, the musician said: “I did X Factor because I couldn’t even afford to put lights on in my f***ing bedsit let alone afford get to London or even travel around the north east ‘slogging away’ which I did for ten years.”
Insisting he doesn’t regret going on the show, James added: “At the end of the day I changed my family’s lives for the better.
“To say that I haven’t earned my stripes is ludicrous.
“I did those ‘gritty gigs’ for ten years before The X Factor and then went through The X Factor ringer which is traumatic and arguably a harder route when you consider the stigma attached to coming from the show and how hard it is to achieve longevity from it.”
Not stopping there, James, whose new single Falling like the Stars is riding high in streaming charts, added: “In order to make it the ‘right way’ you need to be able to at least afford petrol to get yourself to gigs or have a famous dad in the industry or something.”
Despite a shaky start, James is now one of the biggest stars to ever come off The X Factor and appears to be more confident than ever.
Recently chatting to Daily Star Online, James exclusively revealed he won’t be appearing on X Factor All Stars even if Simon Cowell call him up and asks him to do so.
The Empty Space singer said: “I think I am lucky enough that since I won The X Factor I have stayed somewhat relevant.
“I don’t know if it is something I would want to do again.”
Explaining how he doesn’t have any ill feelings or mean any disrespect to the show which turned him into a star, James added: “I don’t think it is really necessary.
“Maybe if I wasn’t still on the radio and selling out shows then it may be something that I could really enjoy, but right now it doesn’t make sense.”
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