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Olly Murs defends James Arthur

1 of 1 Olly Murs meeting Prince Charles with Robbie Williams at yesterdays Royal Variety Performance in London
Olly Murs meeting Prince Charles with Robbie Williams at yesterdays Royal Variety Performance in London

Olly Murs has defended James Arthur after The X Factor winner was criticised for using a phrase in a rap which insulted a number of people.

Arthur has since cancelled a number of upcoming concerts after being diagnosed with exhaustion.

In an interview with Digital Spy ahead of yesterday's Royal Variety Performance Murs gave his view on the whole matter: "To be fair to James he did comment and he made a very good statement saying, 'I'm sorry, I didn't mean to say it'.

"But, look, he's got a couple of weeks off I suppose to get himself back to scratch. He's a talented lad, he's got a great voice, great ability and hopefully he bounces back.

"There's always artists out there that cause controversy... at the moment he's going through a tough time. 

"I just think sometimes when your back's against the wall you just say things and you probably don't mean it. So I give him the benefit of the doubt".

Arthur tweeted an apology:

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