The 30-year-old revealed a secret fling with Rita Ora led to a wild sex addiction. In his autobiography Back To The Boy, he opened up about both his addiction and spiral into depression. He said he “turned into a slag” after he was dumped by Rita and would invite seemingly endless women into his flat for sex.
He said: “If I’m honest, I became a bit of a slag after Rita.
“I was chatting to hundreds of women online or on Whats-App after swapping numbers with them via Twitter, and I started to sleep with so many of them I lost count.
“They were usually the same type — Babestation girls or glamour models. If I saw someone I fancied I’d contact her on social media and tell her blatantly I wanted to have sex.
“It was ridiculously easy. There would be no emotional attachment and it would be just pure sex, and with one or two exceptions that was how it was.”
But when she “went cold” on him, he revealed he was heartbroken and felt very lonely, so filled the void by having sex with random women, some of whom appeared on Babestation or were glamour models.
James ended up sending a desperate text to his girlfriend Jessica Grist, a dancer on The X Factor, which said: “I hate myself. My mind is broken.”
He said in his book: “I was on the edge, riddled with fear and self-loathing, panicking and crumbling under the agony of the deepest depression I’d ever experienced.
“There was no way I could ever claw myself back to sanity, let alone success.
“It’s taken three years to feel more comfortable in my own skin, and ready and able to explain the demons inside my head and how I’ve learned to cope.
During my recovery, I’d worked hard at teaching myself how to stand above my thoughts, to be aware of them, and watchful of them. I began to enjoy the positive benefits of the moment.
“I’ve learned so much about myself and how to deal with my issues and, because of everything I’ve been through, I’m much closer to knowing who I am.”
Who is James Arthur?
James Arthur was born in Middlesbrough in 1988 and started writing and recording songs at the age of 15.
Some of the bands he was part of pre-fame included Moonlight Drive, Cue the Drama and Save Arcade.
James auditioned for the ninth series of The X Factor and won after sharing his heartbreaking backstory he had spent time in respite foster care and bedsits following fallouts with his family.
His first single Impossible went straight to number one in the UK singles chart and since then has sold more that 2.5 million of copies of the singles around the world.
His follow up single was called You’re Nobody ’till Somebody Loves You and then a self-titled solo album was released in November 2013.
However, he was then involved in a number of controversies, including a gay slur at rapper Mickey Worthless.
This led to iTunes offering refunds for his album and his fourth single Get Down barely reaching the top 100.
He parted ways with Simon Cowell’s record label Syco in 2014 and signed a new deal with Columbia Records a year later, but then re-signed to Syco in 2016.