15/12/2013 05:27 GMT | Updated 23/01/2014 01:38 GMT

James Arthur: 'The Whole Nation Thinks I'm A Homophobe Who Looks Like A Monster'

James Arthur has claimed he believes the "whole nation think he's a homophobe who looks like a monster" after he described an unknown rapper as a "f***ing queer" in a radio rap battle.

The 'X Factor' winner issued a public apology earlier this month when he made a return to the show, and has now given an interview to The Sun to insist again he is not homophobic.

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James Arthur

"I've been an idiot. All I can say is it was ego - foolish, foolish pride. I got ideas above my station and I made mistakes," he said.

"All my confidence has disappeared because the whole nation thinks I'm a homophobe who looks like a monster."

He continued: "I'm 100 million per cent not homophobic. I despise that label being attached to me.

"I made ten male gay friends on 'X Factor'. I shared a bed with Rylan Clark for ten weeks. I was spooning that guy.

He also claimed he was "more feminine than some gay men" after growing up in a house of five women.

"I probably look like the archetypal bully. Now people look at me as if I might beat up a gay guy. That really upsets me," he added.

Meanwhile, 'X Factor' judge Louis Walsh has claimed James has ruined his chance of a pop career following his recent controversies, which also included slagging off the some of the show's former acts.

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Louis Walsh

"Has he blown it? Yes, he has. I don’t know if he’ll get back (on track) and I don’t care," he told The Sunday People.

"I think James has damaged his own reputation with his stupidness, but not the show’s."

James former mentor Nicole Scherzinger recently said she was standing by the star because she "knows his heart".

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