James Arthur has shut down his Twitter account after a public row with Frankie Boyle went too far.
The X Factor winner left fans outraged this weekend after he was seen to make homophobic slurs in a new rap. The lyrics were aimed at unknown artist Micky Worthless, who recently mocked James and his decision to go on the ITV talent show.
Shocking listeners with his controversial lyrics, James’ response track included the line: ‘You f***ing queer. Hilarious, precarious you Talibani confused, imbellic mimic of a gimmick.’
Fellow X Factor contestant Lucy Spraggan was among those to hit back at the singer on Twitter, while Little Britain star, Matt Lucas, wrote: ‘F*** you @JamesArthur23 for using the phrase ‘f***ing queer’ in your latest track. F*** you.’
James has since responded, telling his Twitter fans that he’s ‘extremely disappointed’ in himself.
‘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..’
‘Some of the things said in this rap can be mistaken for homophobic slurs and I assure you homophobia is something I do not believe in I have many many gay friends’.
James also went on to address Matt Lucas personally, saying: ‘I’ve heard I’ve offended Matt Lucas who’s work I have always admired and that is a blow. Deeply deeply sorry to any gay or lesbian people out there. Plus Rylan is one of my best mates and he is as gay as they come! #LOVE’.
But in another dramatic turn of events, James THEN found himself in the midst of another public disagreement with controversial comedian, Frankie Boyle.
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After the duo exchanged a few negative tweets of their own, James wrote, ‘#LOVE to my fans but I’m coming off twitter for good. HQ will be doing all my tweets from now on. PEACE!’
With a string of bad Twitter moments under his belt, it remains to be seen if James will take back control of his Twitter account. Yikes.
By Jessica Bridgeman