X Factor's James Arthur 'almost killed himself after being dropped'

The X Factor 2012 Week 9 - James Arthur

Former X Factor winner James Arthur has opened up about being dropped from Simon Cowell's record label.

The singer was crowned champion of the 2012 series and topped the charts with hugely successful single Impossible.

But a year later he was dropped by the label and this week admitted it left him so low he contemplated suicide.

"If I was ever near a balcony, or in my car, I'd have an image of me jumping over or driving off the road," James confessed candidly.

He told the Evening Standard: "But then I'd think, 'Don't do it, you've got sisters, you're the man of the family.'

"But there was many a time I thought of it."

Following some time away from the spotlight, James released new track Say You Won’t Let Go last month and it's since become his first chart topper since his winner's single.

James told OfficialCharts.com: "This is incredible… I wasn’t in any way expecting it. I knew it was a good song and I thought some people might like it, but if you’d said to me it would be this well received, I would have thought you were pulling my leg.”

Following the success, James was invited back to join Simon's Syco label.

James said: "Syco are notorious for dropping people, so what a compliment it is for them to re-sign me. So I thought, 'Let's do the full circle'."

James will now release his new album on the label next month.

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