XFactor 2012: Chris Maloney hits back at James Arthur's "diva" comments

Chris Maloney (X Factor 2012)

X Factor 2012 hopeful Christopher Maloney has hit back at James Arthur after he branded him a diva.

Speaking at a recent red carpet event, James claimed Chris was a diva behind the scenes.

James revealed hat tensions behind the scenes had been high.

“I think Gary Barlow’s picking on Rylan a little bit, a lot of it is probably for TV, but…” James revealed.

And quizzed on the atmosphere backstage, James claimed: “Chris is a diva.”

However Ryaln was quick to move James on, saying: “Thank you for talking to us!”

In an interview with Heat magazine this week, Chris has hit back.

"People are saying I'm two-faced," he said. "I didn't know he'd said that. I feel like I'm an easy target, to be honest.

"I mean, I'm going on tour with James and I didn't know anything about that. I don't know... That's totally shocked me, that."

He explained: "I'm keeping my feet on the ground and not doing anything wrong. Because I'm not doing anything wrong, maybe that's why they're printing lies about me.

"I'm the same person off-camera as I am on... All the negativity and crap I've been getting - people trying to bring me down and maybe force me to quit - it's not going to happen.

"No way. I've worked too hard just for somebody to take it away from me."


The X Factor 2012 continues this Saturday on ITV1 and ITV1HD, with the final five acts sing two tracks each with Abba and Motown themes.

Sunday's results show will see one more act get the axe, and there will be performances from Rhianna, Tulisa and Bruno Mars.

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