James Arthur has been left disappointed after his former accountant was charged with fraud after being accused of stealing £600,000 from The X Factor singers music company.
Mark Livermore was charged with fraud by abuse of position and is due to appear before Westminster magistrates next week.
The 39-year-old allegedly stole the money from the accounts of Raff Music Ltd before a police investigation began in April.
A source close to James, 30, told The Sun that James is really disappointed he had to get involved in an investigation when he should be able to focus on his career.
James is the sole officer of Raff Music Limited, which he set up in 2013 after winning The X Factor.
After several years of battling addiction, James returned to the charts in 2016 with a number one album and hit singles including Say You Wont Let Go and Empty Space.
He has been public about his addiction even including reference to his lost year in his lyrics; in Empty Space he sings: Ive been drinking, Ive been doing things I shouldnt do / Over thinking, I dont know who I am without you.
Im a liar and a cheat, I let me ego swallow me / And thats why I might never see you again.
Recalling how he battled panic attacks after soaring to fame on The X Factor, James, 30, told Metro.co.uk: I feel very equipped to deal with it now. Once upon a time I had no idea what was going on, I was having several panic attacks a day.
Turns out I was smoking on an ungodly amount of weed, eating badly. I was setting off triggers and didnt even know what triggers were. Everyday I wake up, I have to be aware of it. I guess its like addiction, if youve got alcoholism you have to keep an eye on your drinking.
James has always been vocal about his mental health and hopes that the conversation, particularly for men, will continue.
The popstar said: Speaking about it really is the best medicine. For anyone whos going through it, if you could just muster up enough courage to say Im struggling, that first step could be the biggest one.
Metro.co.uk has contacted reps for James for comment.
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