Impossible singer James Arthur has revealed that he struggled to cope with his newfound fame after winning The X Factor last year.

The 25-year-old star explained that he had a "meltdown" similar to that of Susan Boyle's after she finished second on Britain's Got Talent in 2009.

Speaking to Metro, James said: "I thought, 'Who am I meant to be now? Who do people want me to be?'"

"I did have a Susan Boyle thing to be honest. I defy anyone whose life has changed that much, and that dramatically, not to have a meltdown at some point.

"I crashed like I'm sure everybody who's come from the show did. I had my few days of depression and like, 'What the hell just happened?'"

Arthur added: "I know it's ridiculous... you dream of this your whole life. I didn't know what I was supposed to do.

"It was only when I got back in the studio and started expressing myself again that I was able to separate all the craziness from who I was before."

James will release his next single You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You on October 20, ahead of his eagerly anticipated self-titled debut album on November 4.