James Arthur apologises to Matt Lucas over rap
James Arthur has apologised on twitter after being accused of singing homophobic lyrics.
The X Factor winner said the song 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".
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 this time.
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