James Arthur joined Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield on the This Morning sofa for a brutally honest interview about his battles with mental health.

The singer has previously admitted that a fling with fellow singer Rita Ora left him in a bad way. However he explained to Holly and Phil that it was his ‘lack of self-worth’ which not only caused issues between himself and Rita but other women too.

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James confessed that he was ‘constantly beating himself up’ during the relationship and stressed the importance of liking yourself before you even try to love someone else.

The X Factor winner admitted that it was his own insecurities which drove him and Rita apart. He said: “You’ve got to like and love yourself. I was beating myself up. I didn’t have much self worth, and that was the main issue.”

Thankfully it seems James is in a much better place and he said: “I like myself now. I have the right level of insecurity to keep feet on the ground. I don’t have a huge ego, I like to stay humble and be accessible.”

He added: “I don’t want to be a big mega star.”


If you or someone you know suffer from any of the issues James discussed help and support is available

Charities including SANE, Mind and Samaritans can offer help and you can also get more information from the NHS.


James was on the show to promote his new book Back To The Boy. The novel covers themes of addiction and anxiety and James explained that he wanted to write it to help others.

He said: “I feel I needed to help others with mental health issues. It goes back to my childhood. To know the man, you need to get to know the boy.”

Mental health charity SANE, whom James is an ambassador for, tweeted about the singer’s stint on the popular daytime chat show and praised him for raising awareness.

Several people commented on how honest James was during the interview with Phil and Holly and how much they appreciated this. One wrote: “He came across really well and will help a lot of people xx”.

Another said: “There’s a whole lot of love out there for you @JamesArthur23 Keep being honest, humble and above all true to yourself”.