James Arthur won't do Celebrity Big Brother for 'any' cash

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 1 November 2016
James Arthur

James Arthur

James Arthur is adamant he'd never do 'Celebrity Big Brother' for any amount of money because it's not for him

James Arthur wouldn't do 'Celebrity Big Brother' for "any amount of money."

The former 'X Factor' winner recently admitted he turned down £250,000 to take part in the reality show, even though he was penniless, after he was dropped from his record deal with Syco in 2014 but he's adamant no amount of cash could persuade him.

Speaking to BUILD Series LDN, he said: "I wouldn't have done it ['Celebrity Big Brother'] for any amount of money. I'm a fan of those shows but I don't think they're for me. I would come across like I was hating every minute of it. I can't put on any fronts."

The 28-year-old singer struggled to cope with his high level of fame after he won the talent show back in 2012 and became hooked on prescription drugs and alcohol.

He said: "My lowest point was being addicted to prescription drugs, cannabis and alcohol. I was using anything I could as a crutch to cope with the pressure I was putting on myself to be what I was billed to be. I had the biggest selling 'X Factor' single."

The 'Say You Won't Let Go' hitmaker believes one of the "biggest mistakes" he made after his show success was moving down to London and cutting off his family.

He said: "To be honest, I don't think there's any way to prepare people for that process. You need to make sure you have friends and family around you. The mistake I made was moved to London, got a flat and cut ties with all my family and I got lonely and lost."

His battle with fame means he can understand why Justin Bieber - who has been in trouble with the law numerous times - has occasionally fallen off the bandwagon.

He explained: "All I can see is a guy that was famous from the age of five or something. The guy [Justin] hasn't had a chance to take a step back and learn who is he. I think you've got to allow for a few mistakes. Maybe we should cut him some slack sometimes instead of saying he's ungrateful to his fans."

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