James Arthur Discusses How He Contemplated Suicide After Simon Cowell Record Label Axe

The 'X Factor' singer is now an ambassador for a mental health organisation.

James Arthur has told of how he contemplated suicide during his darkest days, as he opened up about his mental health.

The 2012 ‘X Factor’ winner revealed the “heartbreak” he felt when he was dropped from Simon Cowell’s record label in 2013, stating he often had suicidal thoughts.

James Arthur
James Arthur

James, who recently re-signed with Syco and is currently number one with comeback single ‘Say You Won’t Let Me Go’, also described his recent struggles as like a “prison sentence”.

James recently re-signed with Simon Cowell's Syco record label
James recently re-signed with Simon Cowell's Syco record label

Despite still suffering from “terrible anxiety”, James also revealed how he is trying to use his experience to help others.

Useful websites and helplines:
  • Mind, open Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm on 0300 123 3393
  • Samaritans offers a listening service which is open 24 hours a day, on 116 123 (UK and ROI - this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill.)
  • Get Connected is a free advice service for people under 25. Call 0808 808 4994 or email: help@getconnected.org.uk
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