'X Factor': James Arthur Says Show Saved Him From Suicide

05/12/2012 09:10 | Updated 05 December 2012

'X Factor' finalist James Arthur has opened up about his battle with depression and admitted that being on the show stopped him from ending his own life.

James - who will battle it out with Jahmene Douglas and Christopher Maloney in the 'X Factor' final - says things began to get too much for him last year.

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James shows mentor Nicole Scherzinger the sites in his hometown

The 24-year-old singing hopeful has previously spoken of how he shoplifted food to feed himself when he slept on the streets as a teenager after being kicked out of home.

“I understand why she chucked me out because I was unbearable to live with. She couldn’t cope with me because I was so angry.

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A warm reception: James and Nicole arrive in Cleveland

This week, James returned to his hometown of Saltburn-by-the-sea, Cleveland with his mentor Nicole Scherzinger in a final push to win votes ahead of this weekend's 'X Factor' final.

The pair were mobbed by hundreds of fans as they arrived on a Harley Davidson motorbike. James then took Nicole to his local pub, the Victoria, before heading off for a stroll along the seafront and some fish and chips.

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Nicole wrapped up for the occasion (it was 4C) in a black biker's jacket, leather trousers, knee-high boots and huge sunglasses (natch).

James said: “I just want to thank all the fans for their support. I am so excited to be back. It has been amazing.”

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