X Factor champ James Arthur heads to number one with comeback single

James Arthur

Former X Factor winner James Arthur is making a comeback with new single Say You Won't Let Go.

The 2012 champ was ditched by Simon Cowell's Syco record label after only the one album but has since signed a new deal with Columbia.

And his debut track from the new era has stormed the charts, currently sitting at Number 2 on iTunes downloads.

The song is taken from his second album Back From The Edge which follows a turbulent two years for James, who this week revealed he was close to suicide and addicted to drugs following his appearance on the show.

He recalled to The Sun newspaper this week: “I’d never been a guy who suffers from suicidal tendencies but I had taken all I could take from life.

“I thought that was my chance and I’d ruined it. You never see an X Factor winner make a comeback. It doesn’t happen.”

James - who says he now just "laughs off" criticism - went to to reveal: “Quitting drugs has helped me gain some perspective. I don’t recognise that artist in my first album."

“I was trying to write a hit, trying to be the best X Factor winner ever — they weren’t honest songs as you didn’t hear any of my character," he explained. “This one, there’s loads of me in it. There is a bit of self-indulgence in there as I had to tell my story."

Say You Won't Let Go is out now and will officially enter the charts on Friday night.

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