James Arthur's Sister: 'Fame Has Broken Him'
Singer's big sis talks to newspaper about his recent worries...
James Arthurhas reportedly told his family that the pressures of fame have "broken" him.
The 27-year-old was apparently speaking "with his blessing" and said: "Sometimes I wish he’d never won X Factor.
"Despite finally having what he's always wanted, he says he feels like a caged animal surrounded by yes-men and is really lonely.
"He turned down media training and I think he has really struggled with this new world. The sad fact is he still doubts himself and fears ending up back in that bedsit.
"I think he struggles to admit that he's not coping."
J-Arth, 25, has been accused of homophobia after a rash response to one of his critics in a rap battle track he posted online.
Sian commented: "It is a cliché to say 'oh but he's got loads of gay friends' but with James it's the truth – and to top it all off he shared a bed with Rylan for months!
"It was the wrong word to use, no excuses – but he apologised immediately and the hate campaign against him has gone too far now. He made a mistake and he's so sorry about it that he's making himself ill with worry."
And she pleaded with the public not to write her brother off.
"He's human and people need to move on from a mistake that he made that he's deeply, deeply sorry for.
"Please listen to his music – and realise that he's a genuine, honest person who has been through a lot, does everything for his family and is still trying to find himself."