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.