'So ridiculously out of context' - James Arthur defends 'feud' with Ed Sheeran
James Arthur has denied that he has any ill feelings towards Ed Sheeran, saying quotes about the star in a recent interview were taken "completely out of context."
The Say You Won't Let Go singer was recently quoted in a recent interview speaking about Ed Sheeran, with his comments leading to speculation that there was a "feud" between the two.
Speaking to The Sun, Arthur said: "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".
Following the interview, Arthur (29) told Capital FM that the quotes were "taken completely out of context."
"It was taken completely out of context. I respect all of the people that were mentioned in that article, especially Ed Sheeran, who's a friend of mine. We've spoken and cleared it up.
"Basically the question I was asked was: 'Does it frustrate you that people would think that going on X Factor is a shortcut to success?'
And I said I don't think that's true because I worked for 10 years before the X Factor. The only reason that I struggled to make it is because I lived in quite an insignificant place. I had absolutely no financial backing."
The singer went on to say that the X Factor, which he won in 2012, was his "only option at the time."
"The likes of Ed Sheeran and whoever else I mentioned were set up to give the music game a crack and that's all I was saying. No slight on them coming from privileged backgrounds or anything like that. It was that was my only option.
"You do need money to make a good demo, you do need a bit of financial support. I was on the dole. People think that Ed Sheeran just came out of nowhere. He was better set up than I was. He didn't have to do the X Factor and I did and that's all I was saying.
"There's no doubt in my mind or anyone else's mind that people like Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding and Sam Smith are where they are because they're supremely talented people and I have a lot of respect for them.
"But that was just taken out of context. It sounds like I went on some weird rant about these guys and I didn't."