James Arthur reportedly dropped by Simon Cowell label after homophobic, terrorist lyrics row

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James Arthur has reportedly been dropped from Simon Cowell’s Syco record label, over ‘terrorist-glamorising’ lyrics on a track referencing his homophobia row.

According to The Sun, a source had today claimed the label had finally “lost patience” with the X Factor winner, and dropped him less than two years after he won the competition.

Arthur attracted criticism from comedian Matt Lucas last year for referring to another singer as a ‘f***ing queer’ during a rap battle.

The latest controversy is over track ‘Follow The Leader’, in which he references his homophobia row with the lyrics: “Look at what you do to me / I’m crying over stupid s*** / you’re such a f***ing homophobe / wish I’d never let you in / to think that I was thinking maybe I should let you live / I’m gonna blow up your family like I’m a terrorist.”

Arthur took to Twitter to defend the track, comparing it to Eminem’s hit song ‘Stan’.

He later confirmed he did not know if he had been dropped, but said he was still with Syco ‘as far as I know’.

A source told the newspaper: “Simon and Syco have been extremely loyal to James throughout his problems but there’s only so much they are prepared to put up with.”