James Arthur says no to £250,000 Celebrity Big Brother deal

James Arthur

James Arthur has revealed he said no to a £250,000 offer for Celebrity Big Brother.

There were rumours back in 2014 that James had been invited to take part in the show and it turns out those reports were true.

In fact, James says he was also approached by bosses from ITV's I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here too.

"I got offered loads of reality shows including I’m A Celebrity and Celebrity Big Brother," James explained.

He went: "They were life-changing amounts of money. The most I got offered was £250,000 for CBB, which I really needed at the time, not knowing if I had a career.

"I think they thought I was a crazy Twitter troll and didn’t realise I am a shy, self-deprecating guy."

Chatting to the Daily Star, James continued: "I feel like I made a brave decision not taking the cash. It was a great option for me and my family but I wanted to stay true to my music and I am proud of that decision.

"I’m a huge fan of those shows but I don’t think there’s any chance I would be back at No. 1 now if I’d gone down that route. I wasn’t sure how seriously people would take me after doing reality TV."

James originally won The X Factor in 2012 but was dropped a year later by Simon Cowell.

However he's since made quite the comeback and spent three weeks at Number 1 last year with new single Say You Won't Let Go.

Now re-signed by Simon, James' album Back From The Edge is out now.

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