X Factor news: James Arthur "newly single" after splitting from girlfriend

James Arthur (X Factor 2012)

Credible X Factor wannabe James Arthur split with his girlfriend just before the live shows kicked off, it's been revealed.

"Newly single" James wasted no time in moving on from ex Lucie, who was seen at his original audition.

James moved on from the blonde beauty, pictured snogging Take Me Out girl Chanelle McCleary at London’s Whisky Mist nightclub last week.

James' former bandmate Richard Doney revealed James had split from Lucie just after he made it through to the live shows.

He told the Daily Mirror yesterday: “They met each other through performing. Lucie is a very good singer. Over the last few years James had a number of girlfriends, but she was very special.”

A source close to James added to the newspaper: “He really liked Lucie but when he got through to the judges’ houses stage problems started to appear.

“It became clear it was going to be almost impossible for them to maintain a relationship with James being so busy so they decided to split up. It’s a shame.”

The X Factor 2012 live shows continue tonight on ITV1 at 8PM with the first results show, featuring performances from Ne-Yo and Leona Lewis.

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