James Arthur, the winner of The X Factor UK in 2012, has been hoping for a comeback since getting dropped from Simon Cowell’s record label.
There were plans for him to appear on rapper Professor Green’s forthcoming album.
But then, after Arthur released a diss track laden with homophobic slurs including ‘You fucking queer’, he was removed from the record.
Speaking to Digital Spy, he said: ‘He just kind of imploded, didn’t he? It’s a shame, when I met him he was a cool guy but he just upset so many people.
‘The label was just like, “It’s not happening”, and I can’t fight the people who I need to support me.’
When Arthur released the diss track in November last year, it led to a backlash from the gay community and its allies. Album sales also immediately started to drop.
When Arthur said the slurs were not intended to be homophobic, Cowell said the singer should ‘shut up and just put the records out’.
He added: ‘I think James, unfortunately, has had so many issues with what he has done publicly – which is a real issue with me.’
Arthur made one self-titled album with Syco, reaching number two in the UK album charts.