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‘I didn’t have a gambling problem’: James Arthur reveals he was £300k in debt due to football bets

James Arthur has admitted he was up to £300,000 in debt due to big bets on football matches, but asserted he ‘doesn’t have a gambling problem’ as he won ‘crazy money’ in the past.

The 2012 X Factor winner, 33, who has previously battled anxiety, depression and drug addiction, revealed he didn’t realise he owed money until his accountant alerted him to his bank balance. 

He said to The Mirror on Saturday: ‘I was like £200… £300,000 in debt.  

Shocking: James Arthur admitted he was up to £300,000 in debt due to big bets on football matches, but asserted he ‘doesn’t have a gambling problem’ and won ‘crazy money’ on apps

‘I didn’t even realise I’d got myself in debt. It was my ­accountant saying, ‘you’re kinda in the red here’.’  

However James, who is reportedly worth £4 million, has experienced his fair share of good luck after being banned from a betting app for winning ‘crazy money’. 

Last year, he confirmed to the publication that he struck gold on football accumulators as he added: ‘I predicted five results or something like that. Crazy money I won.

‘I didn’t have a gambling problem – a lot of football fans will bet on the football on Saturday whether they are into gambling or not.’

Wow: The X Factor star, 33, who has previously battled anxiety, depression and drug addiction, revealed he didn't realise he owed money until his accountant alerted him to his bank balance

Wow: The X Factor star, 33, who has previously battled anxiety, depression and drug addiction, revealed he didn’t realise he owed money until his accountant alerted him to his bank balance

Nevertheless, he admitted it was a blessing in disguise to be blocked on betting platforms as it ‘forced’ him to stop gambling. 

Before reflecting on his betting woes, James recalled the mistakes he made in his personal life including his relationship with Rita Ora. 

He expressed regret over claiming in his 2017 autobiography, Back To The Boy, that a fling with Rita turned him into a sex addict. 

The X Factor victor first made the shocking revelations about his relationship with the 30-year-old singer during a freestyle rap in 2013, and would later peg their brief romance to his trysts with countless other women.

But in a new interview with The Sun, the singer-songwriter has admitted that he regrets making such bold public statements, particularly because he didn’t consider the feelings of those involved at the time. 

He said: ‘It was done at a time when there was just a lot of stuff going on. I’d just made my comeback and we tried to do too much at once. When I look back at that there’s certain things I wouldn’t have shared or have explained in the way that I did.

‘If I could stop the production of the book now I probably would because there’s stuff that has affected family relationships, not long term, but at the time it hurt people.

‘There’s things I shared about relationships where I should have considered the people involved a bit more, I think.’ 

Back in 2017, James discussed how his alleged affair with Rita impacted his life, as he revealed he ‘turned into a s**g’ following the torrid romance.

Speaking with The Sun, he opened up about his battle with addiction which led to his reels of romps with hundreds of women after he was left ‘heartbroken’ by the songstress.

Ex: Before reflecting on his betting woes, James recalled the mistakes he made in his personal life including his relationship with Rita Ora after claiming their fling turned him into a sex addict

Ex: Before reflecting on his betting woes, James recalled the mistakes he made in his personal life including his relationship with Rita Ora after claiming their fling turned him into a sex addict

After meeting Rita during his time on The X Factor, he confessed he could not believe she would be interested in him, yet insists she claimed to be in love.

When she ‘disappeared’, James’ compulsion with women began as he revealed: ‘If I’m honest, I became a bit of a s**g after Rita. I was chatting to hundreds of women, and I started to sleep with so many of them I lost count.

‘They were usually the same type – Babestation girls or glamour models. If I saw someone I fancied I’d contact her on social media and tell her blatantly I wanted to have sex.

‘It was ridiculously easy. There would be no emotional attachment and it would be just pure sex, and with one or two exceptions that was how it was.’

James is now in a long-term relationship with his dancer girlfriend Jessica Grist. 

Relationship: James is now in a long-term relationship with his dancer girlfriend Jessica Grist

Relationship: James is now in a long-term relationship with his dancer girlfriend Jessica Grist


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