Nicole Scherzinger: 'I'm Supporting James Arthur'
The X Factor judge says she knows troubled star's heart is good...
The former Pussycat Dolls star mentored J-Arth to success on the ITV show last year - and has told Digital Spy that she knows his true character.
She said: "I'm just there for him. I don't read the press, I know who he is as a person, I know his heart.
"I'm just there to support him. He's unbelievably talented and he's worked so hard on his album. In the end I know that the cream will always rise to the top."
J-Arth issued a public apology for his behaviour after a series of high-profile spats with fellow celebs and accusations of homophobia following an ill-advised rap battle lyric.
Rylan Clark has also publicly supported him.