Rylan Clark Defends James Arthur
Former X Factor contestant insists his friend is not homophobic...
The X Factor contestant-turned-TV personality discussed J-Arth's ill-advised rap battle lyric during an interview on This Morning today.
"James has had a rough couple of weeks and I'm going to say my piece on this - James is one of my best friends and I can hand on heart sit here and say he's not homophobic," Rylan declared.
"I shared a bed with the boy for 10 weeks! I love him to bits. He's had a really, really tough few months without going into detail and he made a stupid mistake - he's a stupid boy. But that's what he did, he made a stupid mistake."
Arthur made a public apology on The X Factor on Sunday night - admitting that he has "abused his position" as winner of the show.
Rylan said the apology had been "really uncomfortable to watch" and added: "I think a line needs to be drawn under this now. He's made his apology very publicly."
James Arthur's sister Sian told a newspaper that fame had "broken" him in an interview at the weekend.