James Arthur Admits Sex Addiction After Split From Rita Ora
British singer and songwriter James Arthur, who emerged as the winner of the UK edition of X Factor in 2012, has opened up about his personal life, struggles with sex addiction and mental health in a new autobiography, Back To The Boy.
Arthur met Ora on the set of the popular singing competition series, and claims the two shared some “magical” and “amazing nights together.”
He says the pop songstress went from saying "I love you" to ignoring his calls.
“It hit me really hard,” Arthur wrote, in an excerpt in The Sun. “If I’m honest, I became a bit of a slag after Rita.”
In regards to the aftermath, Arthur admits “I started bingeing on sex. I became as addicted to sex as I was to weed. I craved sex, I had to have it and I needed it to fill the void and make myself feel better.
“I was chatting to hundreds of women online or on Whatsapp after swapping numbers with them via Twitter, and I started to sleep with so many of them I lost count.”
The singer also explains “The X Factor tour was a blur in my memory because I was so stoned and drugged up on all my anti-depressants every time I went on stage.”
Thankfully, Arthur is doing better now and is also an ambassador for mental health issues. In the book, he claims: “I’ve learned so much about myself and how to deal with my issues and, because of everything I’ve been through, I’m much closer to knowing who I am.”
Back To The Boy hits shelves Oct. 5.
Hodder & Stoughton