James Arthur Denies Fallout With Record Label
X Factor winner James Arthur has denied he has been dropped from Simon Cowell's record label for writing a song about terrorism.
Arthur's contract with Syco has reportedly ended after it emerged Follow The Leader includes the line: "I'm gonna blow up your family like I'm a terrorist".
But the 26-year-old wrote on Twitter: "As far as I know, I am still with Syco but I am exclusively signed to Sony. People look too deeply into the media circus. It's about music."
A spokeswoman for Syco declined to comment and Arthur took to Twitter to defend the song, which he insisted was "not promoting terrorism".
"The song 'follow the leader' from the mixtape is not promoting terrorism, it's a story, a reciting of a Stan Esc (Eminem song) letter from a demented fan." he wrote.
It is the latest controversy for the star after a series of online blunders, including criticising his own publicity team for the messages they post on Twitter and compared himself to an "exploited" SeaWorld killer whale.
In November Arthur temporarily left the social network after becoming embroiled in a homophobia row.
The singer, whose most recent single Get Down made it to just number 96 in the chart, said later of that incident that he was "disappointed in myself for being so naive".
Arthur's representatives would not provide Sky News with a comment.
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