In The News: James Arthur says stars have ‘responsibility’ to talk about mental health as he talks about his struggle with depression

James Arthur has opened up about his mental health, and explained people in the public eye need to do more to help others speak out. The Say You Won’t Let Go singer – who won X Factor back in 2012 – has struggled with anxiety and depression in the past. And, during an appearance on Lorraine, the 30-year-old urged others to be more open about their own battles. ‘I think people in the spotlight have a huge responsibility to talk about these things,’ he confessed.
‘I remember when I was really badly suffering with anxiety and depression, internalising all of that was the catalyst amongst all that. It led to lot of bad decisions in my life.’ James is now an ambassador for charity Sane, and wants to get rid of the stigma that surrounds talking about mental health issues. ‘The best medicine is to speak about these things,’ he continued. ‘If those of us in the spotlight can encourage that, I think it’s a great thing. ‘The X Factor feels like a million years ago, but I’m still talking about it. Within a matter of six months I went from a guy who was robbing milk from the corner shop to this… ‘I’m settled now, I’m used to the madness of this life now. I embrace the uncertainty.
‘I want to be the best I can possibly be.’ The You Deserve Better singer also credited his friends with helping him become more grounded in his success. And he admitted it’s because they are not afraid to call him out on his behaviour.
‘100% [you need your friends]. I’m the best version of myself when I’m around my mates,’ he added. ‘It’s always where I feel the most myself. I feel like my feet are on the ground. They’re the first to say, “Who do you think you are? Behave.” ‘You’ve got to have someone to bring you back down to earth.’
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