Saltburn's X-Factor winner James Arthur has confirmed that he is no longer with Simon Cowell's company, Syco.
There was speculation earlier this year that he had been dropped by the record label.
Last night, though, James Arthur posted these messages on Twitter:
Saltburn's X Factor winner James Arthur said he was 'concentrating on his music' after reports that he had been dropped from Simon Cowell's record label.
The singer was reportedly dropped by Syco after it emerged his song Follow The Leader included the lyric "I'm gonna blow up your family like I'm a terrorist".
A spokeswoman for Syco declined to comment and James tweeted to defend the song, which he insisted was "not promoting terrorism".
Saltburn's James Arthur has denied speculation that he was dropped by Simon Cowell's label Syco. It has been reported that The X Factor winner was sacked because of controversial lyrics.
Simon Cowell has tweeted his support for James Arthur who is releasing his debut album. James is from Saltburn and won The X Factor, going to number one with his single Impossible. He has also shown backing for Little Mix. the girl group has two members from South Tyneside.
Saltburn's James Arthur, who won the X Factor in 2012, said Abi Alton from Guisborough could win it this year.
James Arthur was signing copies of his debut album in a music store in Middlesbrough. He said Abi will have a future as an artist, but she needs to ignore the comments of the X Factor judges.
James Arthur has spoken about the challenge of appealing to different fans since he won the X Factor last year.
He feels he has to strike a balance between the audience he had before he found fame and the fans who helped him to win the show and reach number one in the charts.
He promised to release a "commercial" album every year - but said he will also produce a rap album, and then a rock one, to express the different sides of who he is.
X Factor 2012 winner James Arthur, from Saltburn, signed copies of his new album for fans at a music store in Middlesbrough. He said he likes to thank his fans by "looking them in the eyes" and he has not forgotten the North East voters who helped him to win the show.
'Impossible' singer James Arthur has tweeted his excitement about coming back to the region for an album signing. James, from Saltburn, will be signing copies of his album at HMV in Middlesbrough.