James Arthur has revealed how bad he really felt during the beginning of his music career and after the subsequent dropping from Simon Cowell's label Syco Records after he used homophobic lyrics in a diss track.
Speaking to FAULT, he explained: "For the past three years, I've felt like I've been on a bit of a prison sentence. Suffering from all kinda of mental health issues, wondering whether or not I'd come back and make any kind of splash. I just wanted to make something honest. As long as I made something honest, hopefully it was going to connect and apparently it has."
He added: "I felt I had so much unfinished business. That actually made me go back to it. 'Cause I felt like I couldn't wallow in self-pity forever. I can't beat myself up forever. It got to a point where I was like, 'I can't do this anymore; I need to create something in order to make myself feel better.
"That's how it started; it was like, 'I have to prove to myself first and foremost that I'm able to create something honest.' Once I did that, once I started to do it, it came easy to me and everything just felt so real."
Now Arthur is re-signed to Syco and at the top of the UK singles chart with his comeback hit 'Say You Won't Let Go'.
He'll be releasing his new album 'Back From The Edge' on October 28 and will play in London, Birmingham and Manchester this coming December.
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