James Arthur quits Twitter after row and rap apology

James Arthur

James Arthur has quit Twitter "for good".

Last year's X Factor winner tweeted: "#LOVE to my fans but I'm coming off twitter.

"HQ will be doing all my tweets from now on. PEACE!"

The decision follows a row with comedian Frankie Boyle on the site and comes days after the singer apologised following accusations of using homophobic lyrics in a rap.

The majority of the interaction between Arthur and the Scottish entertainer has been deleted.

Just before announcing he had quit the social network the singer tweeted: "Learnt a lot this year. Hurt a lot this year... Loved a lot this year. Lost a lot this year. Roll on 2014."

The singer said the track had been directed at rapper Micky Worthless during a rap battle, and that he had not meant to offend anyone.

The 25-year-old star posted he was "deeply deeply sorry to any gay or lesbian people out there".

James Arthur

The comedian Matt Lucas is one of many people to criticise the lyrics.

During a series of tweets the singer said he was extremely disappointed with himself.

He posted: "Some of the things said in this rap can be mistaken for homophobic slurs.

"I assure you homophobia is something I do not believe in."

The Nobody Til Somebody Loves You artist added: "I have many gay friends. In rap feuds/rap disses the words I use have different intent."

Matt Lucas has since accepted an online apology after James Arthur promised to remove the song from the internet.

The Little Britain star posted a reply saying: "Respect to you for responding and taking it down. Let's move on."

A spokesperson for the singer said there was no comment at the time.

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