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James Arthur confirms split with Simon Cowell

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:

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Syco declines to comment on James Arthur

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".

James Arthur 'still with Syco'

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.

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Simon and Cheryl talk of their X Factor return

Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole have spoken of their return to X Factor after their well-documented fall-out.

The pair fell out in 2011 after Cowell sacked Cole from the American version of the show after only three weeks as a judge.

Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole speak to Daybreak about their X Factor return. Credit: ITV/Daybreak

She had only filmed one episode before being dropped by Cowell and the incident soured relations between the pair.

Speaking to Daybreak, Simon said: "I have done this a long time. You have fall-outs along the way. I held my hands up and said I made a mistake and I was sorry - and I was sorry. Then when I decided to come back, I also decided I had to have Cheryl back on the show with me."

Cheryl explained how she finally gave in to Simon's pleas to return to the ITV show: "There's only so much begging one can take and it's not nice to see a grown man cry, so I finally succumbed."

It is yet to be confirmed which other judges will be joining the pair on the show's panel.

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