Olly Murs has revealed that he quit The Xtra Factor to focus on his music career and to start to build a solid foundation for his future.

Speaking to The Sun newspaper, the 28-year-old said: "It's going to be a shame not to do The Xtra Factor again. I'm gutted because it's been a huge part of my life for the last two years.

"But I think whoever Caroline [co-host, Caroline Flack) decides to pick, whoever the bosses decide to pick to replace me is going to be great. I don't know if she would do it on her own.

"And we'll see what happens in the future. I mean, you never know. Everything that I'm doing now is for my future and for my family for the rest of my life, so I'm trying to build something for everyone. I'll always be working - because I love working - but it's about getting the balance right."

Murs added: "I remember watching the Big Reunion recently, and one of the popstars was saying that you do sometimes feel more of a product than a human being.

"I don't get four weeks holiday a year - I only get one week or two weeks sometimes - and I don't get weekends off like everyone else. I have missed that. Fundamentally, you need time off to refresh your memory and brain. I love it, but it is a lot of pressure."

The former X-Factor contestant further explained that he wants to be taken more seriously as an artist, saying: "The reviews of the tour have been incredible. People who haven't necessarily been fans of me before have come along and loved it, which is always what you want.

"It's been great to show different sides to my personality as an artist and as a musician. I love playing the guitar, and it's nice to show people that I'm capable of that.

"There's always this stigma with X Factor. People think you come off the show and you record in booths and you don't even hear the songs, you just do them.

Murs recently played two gig at the O2 in Dublin.