Olly Murs: 'Give James Arthur A Break'
He says last year's X Factor winner is going through a tough time...
Arthur has been told to take time off work due to "exhaustion", following the battle rap and a series of social media spats.
Olly told Digital Spy: "To be fair to James he did comment and he made a very good statement saying, 'I'm sorry, I didn't mean to say it'.
"But, look, he's got a couple of weeks off I suppose to get himself back to scratch. He's a talented lad, he's got a great voice, great ability and hopefully he bounces back.
"There's always artists out there that cause controversy... at the moment he's going through a tough time.
"I just think sometimes when your back's against the wall you just say things and you probably don't mean it. So I give him the benefit of the doubt."