Singer James Arthur has hit the headlines once more. And this time it’s for an apparent rant at his fellow music maestros. Not one to shy away from speaking his mind the 29-year-old was quoted in an interview with The Sun on Sunday seemingly taking a swipe at the likes of hit singers including Ellie Goulding and Ed Sheeran.

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“I’m not saying none of these guys are talented, but people think Ed Sheeran crawled off a couch and lived on the street or something but him, Ellie Goulding… they all come from Suffolk, Surrey, Richmond… they come from support.

“I think Sam Smith’s dad got a huge loan or something to help his career. Those things can help artists get attention but I guess my song Say You Won’t Let Go proved it’s about the song.

“I think Justin Bieber and Zayn have both been listening to me a lot and they basically wanna be me. There’s a couple of tracks of Zayn’s where he ad libs.

“I asked Louis Tomlinson whether he’s been listening to me and he said, ‘Yeah, he’s been lurking.”

The Say You Won’t Let Go crooner was quick to take to Twitter in his defence, saying that his comments had been taken out of context:

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Fans of the star also shared his outrage:

Revealing that he is ready to rise above the drama, the X Factor winner ended on this note: