James Arthur has ballooned to 17 stone after bingeing on sausage sandwiches and cakes in lockdown – The Sun

JAMES Arthur has made it his mission to shed at least two stone by the time lockdown ends after stacking on weight by bingeing on cake and fake sausage sandwiches.

The Say You Won’t Let Go singer revealed he now weighs 17st and is determined to transform his body to be the fittest he has ever been.

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In an exclusive interview, James explained: “I have put on a fair bit of weight since the beginning of the lockdown because there’s nothing else to do but stuff my face.

“I’ve got a sweet tooth so it’s just cake really. I love cake.

“I’m pretty much a vegan so I’ve been having the fake meat — sausage sandwiches and stuff like that I’ve been digging into.

“I’ve set myself a goal to lose a bit of weight. It might sound extreme but I’m 6ft 3in and I weigh 17st so I’d like to drop a couple of stone if possible.

“I’ve done a couple of ten-mile bike rides and that’s really effective. I’ve got a gym set up at the house, I’ve got a bunch of cardio machines like a treadmill and a Peloton bike.

“I want to come out of this thing in the best shape that I’ve ever been in, that’s something I’m genuinely striving for.”

James, who last week released his charity single Safe Inside to raise money for mental health charity Sane and the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 appeal, said he has been hyper-conscious about his appearance since going on 2012’s X Factor.

He won, but suffered vicious attacks from online trolls.

James said: “Before I was in the public eye I was never really a vain person.

“On The X Factor my teeth looked like a graveyard, so that was something I was always going to have to sort out.

“I think that makes a big difference, me fixing my teeth.

“I got called Sloth from The Goonies a little bit less when I sorted my teeth out.

“But I got a lot of stick online, which knocked my confidence really bad, and I still get it today.”

Last year, Little Mix's Jesy Nelson, who won The X Factor with her band in 2011, made BBC documentary Odd One Out, where she spoke about her own experiences of online trolling, which drove her to attempting suicide.

James says: “I couldn’t relate more to Jesy Nelson’s documentary.

“I was supposed to be a part of that whole thing but at the time I just wasn’t in the right place to put myself out there again like that.

“We both had a lot of abuse just because of the way we looked on the show.

“I guess we didn’t look like conventional pop stars and some people online just really took it to the extreme.

“I also suffered at the hands of online bullies, just as Jesy did, and I think the documentary she did was fantastic.

“She deserved all the plaudits for that.”


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It's Belly Hadid

BELLA Hadid is a pro sunbather, as she showed by maximising the amount of skin exposed to the rays in this barely-there bikini.

The supermodel posted the snap in her dark green two-piece on Instagram, where she also showed fans her lockdown setting, with horses galloping around her parents’ Pennsylvania farm.

Yet despite isolating in luxury alongside her pregnant sister Gigi and Gigi’s boyfriend Zayn Malik, those close to Bella have claimed she’s struggling.

Bella split from Canadian rapper The Weeknd last August and now it’s said she is keen to rekindle their romance.

I’m a big fan of The Weeknd, real name Abel, and his latest album, After Hours, but if I was to dish out some friendly advice to Bella, I’d tell her to think twice before jumping back on the bandwagon.

Lockdown is making us all make some dubious decisions – like me taking up running.


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  • Doting mother Britney SPEARS did two weeks of isolation to see her boys with ex Kevin Federline, Jayden and Sean. A source told US publication TMZ: “Britney returned to LA from Louisiana at the end of April. She wanted time with her sons but Kevin insisted she quarantine for two weeks before seeing them.”
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Robbie: Liam not that good

I THOUGHT age had calmed the feud between Robbie Williams and Oasis – but Robbie has reignited it once again.

The Rock DJ singer mocked Liam and Noel Gallagher's failure to break America during their band’s Nineties heyday, before also taking a pop at the latter’s High Flying Birds for touring with Snow Patrol.

Robbie said: “Oasis had a decent career in America, not a massive career.

“Noel did a double thing with Snow Patrol in America, playing reasonable-sized venues, nothing gigantic, nothing to be ashamed about either, but not on a level that does anything but make fortysomethings very happy, which his music does.

“It’s not true that he’s massive in America, he’s just done well.

"Liam isn’t one of the biggest stars worldwide.

Robbie v Oasis


  • US Album Sales 867,500
  • US No1s: 0 (highest chart position No43)
  • US Tours: 4
  • What he said about breaking the US: “I want Jennifer Aniston to know who I am.”


  • US Album Sales 6,680,000
  • US No1s: 0 (highest chart position No2)
  • US Tours: 8
  • What they said about breaking the US: Noel: “Oasis didn’t break America because our frontman wasn’t like Bono or Chris Martin.”


“This is what we have in the UK, we see our UK prism with our celebrities as this must be happening worldwide because it’s happening here.

"It’s not happening outside of the UK.

“Liam did Beady Eye and, to be honest, the songs weren’t very good, it’s as simple as that. The idea and concept of that whole thing wasn’t very good.”

Talking to motivational speaker Chris Thrall on YouTube, Robbie, who was due to return to his Las Vegas residency in July, did go on to pay Liam a compliment – but it was pretty backhanded.

He added: “I know that we have beef and all that but then Liam did a solo career and I think people wanted him to have that solo career.

“He went and worked with proper songwriters that do songwriting for a living, that craft verses, choruses and middle eights really, really well.

“He writes a great lyric, he does great melodies and he is the voice of a generation.”

Just a shame he’s a complete and utter berk, eh?

No kidding, Vicky

IT’S one of the biggest decisions you’ll make in life – and it seems my favourite Geordie Vicky Pattison still can’t decide whether or not to join the baby club.

During a chat with Giovanna Fletcher, from CBeebies’ The Baby Club, she said she felt lucky to have split with love rat fiancé John Noble last year as the pair were planning to start a family when she didn’t feel ready.

But now she’s found her soulmate in ex-Towie star Ercan Ramadan, Vicky said she can’t shake those mixed feelings about having kids.

On her podcast, Vicky Pattison: The Secret To Surviving Isolation, Vicky explained: “Now everyone knows I was meant to be getting married and I anticipated I would have a kid by now.

“But I think sometimes the worst of things turn out to be the best of things, because I wasn’t sure I was ready to have kids. I certainly was not with the right man.

“I am now but I just don’t think I’m ready for kids. I hate the idea of not being a mam, but right now I am not ready.”


KYLIE Minogue's £9 rosé wine has sold out in select Tesco supermarkets after its surprise release.

Her vino will be available nationwide from tomorrow.

I revealed in March that she was going into the industry.

Biebers pink-ing alike

LOOKS like everything in the garden is rosé for Justin and Hailey Bieber, judging by the colour of the outfits they wore on a day out in Los Angeles.

The pair, who returned from isolation in Canada last week, were pictured yesterday in the co-ordinated pink outfits as Justin headed for a game of basketball.

And despite being locked down together for two months it seems they are still as smitten as the day they met.

In a new episode of their YouTube series The Biebers, Hailey spoke about their first date and kiss – admitting her parents had initially banned her from seeing the singer.

She said: “I called my parents to ask them if I could go and they said no. My older sister covered for me and we went to dinner and didn’t get caught.”

How different it could all have been . . .


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They both did the dance on their channels over the weekend, adding to the 45.1million videos created.

Matt talks good game

MATT Goss has been using his downtime to field calls from fans finding it hard to cope with lockdown.

The Bros singer, who’s trying to raise £50,000 for the NHS with his cover of Alicia Keys song If I Ain’t Got You, revealed during an Instagram Live chat: “I just want to help people where I can.

"Some people just want to be heard. Someone said they were feeling low the other day and we helped her deal with it.

"We ended up talking and now a week later she is thriving.

“I don’t think I am qualified in this but I think I am qualified in knowing how to communicate with people.”

I know Matt has a lot of out-there ideas, but this one doesn’t seem half bad.



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