James Arthur admits suffering from depression following X Factor win
'X factor' 2012 winner James Arthur has revealed that he came under severe bouts of anxiety and depression after his victory on the TV talent show.
In a heartfelt interview at metro.co.uk, the 25-year-old singer admits he was "lost" after defeating fellow finalists Jahmene Douglas and Christopher Maloney in the competition.
With the resulting record deal at Simon Cowell's Syco label helping him secure a number one album and single, both named 'Impossible', Arthur's couldn't have hoped for a better kick-start to his career. However, he said that trying to live up to his new billing left him feeling confused over his identity.
"After winning the show I felt very lost," he said. "I thought 'who am I meant to be now? Who do people want me to be?'"
Arthur likened his breakdown to the one suffered by 'Britain's Got Talent' runner-up Susan Boyle during her time on the show in 2009.
"I defy anyone whose life has changed that much and that dramatically not to have a meltdown at some point," he added.
Cited by express.co.uk, the singer said he managed to fight his demons by spending some time to reflect on his win and look at things retrospectively. Still, sufferers of anxiety or depression might like to talk over their issues instead, in which case counselling courses might be a better method of treatment.
Arthur's new single 'You're Nobody 'Till Somebody Loves You' is released on October 20, with his album hitting stores on November 4. While this might create more pressure for the performer, he insists the fame won't affect him.
"I've never been a vain person, I've always known exactly who I am and who I want to be."