The singer says he had given up on life before the ITV show saved him

James Arthur has admitted that he felt close to suicide before entering The X Factor.

The tattooed guitarist was struggling with depression and isn’t sure whether he’d still be here if he hadn’t been so successful in the competition.

‘This time last year was the darkest point of my life,’ says James, 24.

‘I saw it all spiralling and I was really worried because I felt ready to give up on life. Who knows how bad it could have got?’

James has now made it through to the X Factor final and is hoping to win against Christopher Maloney and Jahmene Douglas this weekend.

He’s become a bit of a heartthrob since finding fame on the ITV show but insists he won’t take advantage of his admirers.

‘I’m a great lover. It’s all about respect,’ James tells Look.

‘I’m not going to treat a woman like a piece of meat.’

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Anna Duff