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James Arthur pulls out of gig due to ‘crippling anxiety’

The singer tweeted fans on Thursday evening explaining he was cancelling a show at the Royal Albert Hall in London due to being “crippled by anxiety”.

He said his “poor mental health” in recent days had been “badly affecting me.”

James had been due to support Take That at a gig in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The charity tweeted it was sending “our thoughts and best wishes”.

“Seconded,” the London venue tweeted. “Sending you love and strength from all of us here James”.

The singer has spoken previously about his mental health battles, in particular anxiety, telling Newsbeat: “At one time it was horrendous and I didn’t know what it was. I go through these episodes where I can’t breathe and I feel like I’m having a heart attack.”

Other singers have reached out to the singer including You, Me at Six’s Josh Franceschi.

We hope and wish that he gets well and give us more great hits like Naked and Say You Won’t Let Go, soon enough.

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