James Arthur‘s time with Simon Cowell’s record label Syco has reportedly come to a premature end, as a new scandal engulfs the embattled singer-songwriter.
This means that only three winners of The X Factor’s 10-year history remain signed to the Sony company.
The 2012 winner has taken to Twitter to deny allegations that a new song of his glamorises terrorism, explaining that its lyrics are based on a “demented fan”.
“I’m gonna blow up your family like I’m a terrorist,” is the line in the track that has caused the biggest stir, according to The Sun On Sunday.
But James has explained on Twitter: “The song is not promoting terrorism, it’s a story, a reciting of a letter from a demented fan. Just for the record. (sic)”
A source told The Sun: “Simon and Syco have been extremely loyal to James throughout his problems but there’s only so much they’re prepared to put up with.
“It feels like the end of the road for him at Syco. James has been his own worst enemy.”
James was hailed as one of the ITV show’s most talented winners when he emerged victorious under the guidance of Nicole Scherzinger. However he has since been the centre of a lot of scandal, including rows with One Direction, Matt Cardle and Lucy Spraggan; the latter being the result of him calling a rival a “f**king queer” in a rap.
This means that Little Mix, Leona Lewis and Sam Bailey are the only champions of the talent competition to still be signed to Syco.
Steve Brookstein left in 2005, Shayne Ward lasted from 2005 to 2011, Leon Jackson was let go in 2009, Alexandra Burke jumped ship in 2012, Matt Cardle walked out in 2012 and Joe McElderry was released in 2011.