British singer James Arthur hopes radio stations know he's not the anti-gay performer he was two months ago.
While introducing the new track Get Down, at a Glasgow concert this past week, the 2012 X Factor referenced his public relations nightmare from this past November.
'This one will hopefully get played on the radio cause I'm not a homophobe any more,' he said, as reported by The Guardian.
Late last year the 25-year-old got into a musical dispute with rapper Mickey Worthless. In a rap battle response, he called the MC a ‘fucking queer’ who ‘probably wants to stick [his] dick’ in him.
The uproar over the phrase caused Arthur's debut album to immediately drop from number two to number 30 in the iTunes charts.
The rap was a response to Worthless’ own homophobic lyric, where he alleged the only reason Arthur got his record deal was because he was a ‘faggot’ who gave a blowjob to Simon Cowell.
This is, of course, not true.
'Some of the things said in this rap can be mistaken for homophobic slurs and I assure you homophobia is something I do not believe in,’ the singer said in November.
‘I would just like to make it completely clear that it was not meant in anyway as a reference to homosexuality.’