British singer James Arthur has scrapped a series of shows and appearances due to "acute exhaustion". The X Factor winner has announced a week off after doctors told the star he needed to "rest for several days".
The break comes just days after the pop star found himself at the centre of a controversy following comments he made on his Twitter.com account and in a new tune about his chart rivals.
He called One Direction's Louis Tomlinson a "little b**ch" and claimed former The X Factor winner Matt Cardle made music for "bedwetters".
Last week (ends15Nov13), Arthur called up-and-coming musician Micky Worthless a "peasant" and advised him to "shoot yourself" in a diss track. He also called Worthless "an f**king queer" - a remark that was widely criticised by peers like his former X Factor colleague Lucy Spraggan, who tweeted, "People kill themselves every day because there's insults like that around".
Arthur has since apologised for the lyrics, revealing he was "disappointed in myself for being so naive". He has also ceded control of his Twitter account to his managers.
A statement released on Friday (22Nov13) reads: "James would like to apologise to his fans for any disappointment caused to them by these cancellations. He hopes to get back to full health as soon as possible."
British singer James Arthur has issued a public apology after allegedly hurling a homophobic slur at a fellow musician in a rap track. The Impossible hitmaker recorded a "diss track" to hit back at Micky Worthless after the rapper mocked the singer as a "pop puppet" in his own song.
Arthur branded Worthless a "f**king q**er" in his rap and many fans took to Twitter.com on Saturday (16Nov13) to complain about the controversial lyrics, with one user writing, "People kill themselves everyday because there's insults like that around. It's not something a role model should say."
The singer has now issued apology via the social networking website, writing, "Any offence I have caused by using the term 'queer' in my rap battle with MC Worthless. I just have to say I'm extremely disappointed in myself for being so naive with the diss track I made for an unknown rapper recently. I would just like to make it completely clear that it was not meant in anyway as a reference to homosexuality.
"I realise where the term has come from in meaning... but used in the context of the rap battles I have grown up with it has come to mean something completely different... That said, I understand why it could cause offence and that definitely wasn't my intention."
Boybands including One Direction, Jls and new supergroup Mcbusted led the way during Britain's Children In Need telethon on Friday night (15Nov13) by helping to raise cash on live TV. One Direction took to the stage to perform their hit track Best Song Ever, marking the third time they have appeared on the annual fundraiser, and bandmember Harry Styles revealed how much the organisation means to them, saying, "We grew up watching it... If you grew up watching something, it's so important, so we love getting involved."
His bandmate Liam Payne added, "We've watched Children In Need since we were children and we are so proud to be a part of it. The children the charity supports are a complete inspiration."
The pop stars later filmed appeals for donations on the set of popular U.K. soap opera Eastenders, while another boyband, JLS, performed a medley of their hits on the show's set.
New supergroup McBusted, made up of members of McFly and Busted, also performed, along with rapper Tinie Tempah, singer James Arthur and Ellie Goulding, who belted out the official Children in Need single How Long Will I Love You.
Singers Kylie Minogue, Sir Tom Jones, Cheryl Cole and actress Olivia Colman were also among the famous faces who filmed appeals featured during the show.
The telethon had raised in excess of $22.5 million (£15 million) to aid disadvantaged kids as WENN went to press.
Officials at the Children In Need organisation also hosted a star-studded concert in London earlier in the week (beg11Nov13) to raise money for the cause. The show was masterminded by Take That star Gary Barlow and featured acts including Kings of Leon and veteran crooner Barry Manilow.
British singer Jessie J overcame her fear of heights to perform a lofty gig in London on Tuesday (12Nov13). The Price Tag hitmaker was joined by fellow singers Conor Maynard and James Arthur to switch on the Christmas lights in the British capital's famous Oxford Street before hitting the stage to perform a small concert on the roof of the Selfridges department store.
The singer later posted a snap on Instagram.com showing herself performing, revealing she faced her fears of heights to perform above the city streets. She writes, "I did it! I performed on a stage really high up! I faced my fear! Thank you so much to everyone who came out and sang with me and made it less scary!"
British singer James Arthur has sparked fury among One Direction fans by launching a scathing attack on boybands. The Impossible hitmaker, who previously branded One Direction a "marketing product", received a barrage of nasty messages from angry fans after he took to his Twitter.com page on Thursday (07Nov13) to criticise male pop groups.
The singer, who found fame on Britain's The X Factor in 2012, two years after One Direction formed on the show, wrote, "F**k boybands! Bring on the hate I don't wanna be popular. Apart from JLS who are genuinely the coolest people I've met in music."
One Direction fans wasted no time in hitting back at the comments, and Arthur received a slew of mean messages, including one note which described him as a "nasty little gnome" and another which accused him of "bullying" his fellow pop stars.
Arthur has since defended his comments, writing, "If you are now not a fan of me because of how honest I am then your (you are) not a fan that I want anyway... I don't care for markets and business... I make music... Love it or hate it that's your human right but if you were a fan and now you aren't then be my guest and hate me I don't care."
British singer James Arthur has slammed reports he is feeling suicidal, insisting he is in a good place. Last month (Oct13), U.K. tabloid reports suggested the star, who found fame on Britain's The X Factor in 2012, had been contemplating suicide because he could not cope with his quick success.
However, the Impossible hitmaker has played down the rumours, revealing that although he found the change in lifestyle challenging, he is "more than happy".
He tells the London Evening Standard, "A lot of the articles that had been written made it look like I had been sat in an interview and said, 'Ah (sic), I'm going to kill myself, it's been so hard,' But it's not like that.
"Yeah, I've had a couple of meltdowns in the past year, it's been difficult, I'd be lying if I said it was easy as the transition in lifestyle is huge. You go from being a normal dude to people looking at you funny.
"But that's all it is. I will always speak the truth. I'm in the best place I've been, I'm more than happy."
British singer James Arthur has hit back at reports he is dating an adult TV beauty, insisting he is single. Rumours suggested the Impossible hitmaker was romantically linked with adult channel pin-up Lori Buckby, but the star has since denied the rumours, claiming he is often wrongly associated with women because of his fame.
Arthur tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "I think I have met her before but no way I am going out with her. I am single. She is one of many people I have been linked to."
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British singer James Arthur is dating an adult TV beauty, according to a U.K. report. The Impossible hitmaker has become romantically linked with adult channel pin-up Lori Buckby and the relationship reportedly started on social networking site Twitter.com after Arthur spotted raunchy pictures of the model.
A source tells Britain's Sunday Mirror newspaper, "James and Lori are really taken with each other and are very cute together. She's often around at his flat and has been introduced to a handful of his close friends.
"One thing he likes about Lori is she's not a gold-digger - she comes from a well-off family and has made a lot of money through her glamour modelling and Babestation work."
Teenager Lorde has scored a TransAtlantic double after rocketing to the top of the U.K. singles chart with Royals. The 16 year old becomes the youngest artist to enter the top 40 at number one since 1998, when 15-year-old Billie Piper hit the top spot with Because We Want To.
New Zealand-born Lorde's hit single has beaten TV talent show winner James Arthur to number one; his single, You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You, enters at two, while last week's chart-topper, One Republic's Counting Stars slides to three on the new countdown.
Lorde scored a fourth week at the top of America's Billboard Hot 100 singles chart on Wednesday (23Oct13).
Girl power also rules at the top of the U.K. albums chart as Katy Perry's new release Prism debuts at number one, just ahead of James Blunt's Moon Landing and last week's chart-topper from John Newman, Tribute.