James Arthur reveals he was rushed to hospital after the Pride of Britain Awards: ‘I was rolling around on the floor in agony!’

James Arthur has revealed that he was rushed to hospital with kidney stones after the Pride of Britain Awards earlier this month.

The singer, 35, spoke about the ordeal on Heart Breakfast with Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden on Tuesday as he told how he was in agony at the star-studded event.

His pain began just before hitting the red carpet before he loaded up on paracetamol ahead of his performance on stage which he only just managed to get through. 

He explained during the chat: ‘It started just before I hit the red carpet, I was all suited and booted, I started to feel this pain in my left…crown jewel shall I say. 

‘What have I done here? When putting my trousers on…have I caught myself? 

Ouch: James Arthur has revealed that he was rushed to hospital with kidney stones after the Pride of Britain Awards earlier this month

Health scare: The singer, 35, spoke about the ordeal on Heart Breakfast with Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden on Tuesday as he told how he was in agony at the star-studded event

Health scare: The singer, 35, spoke about the ordeal on Heart Breakfast with Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden on Tuesday as he told how he was in agony at the star-studded event

‘And this pain just sort of got progressively worse the further I got down this red carpet, I got back into the dressing room and I was rolling around on the floor in agony and I thought, what have I done here, this is crazy? 

‘I loaded up on paracetamol and I can’t go home at this point. I’ve got to do this performance. I was in 10/10 pain at this point. Anyway I get on stage, I wince through this performance

Amanda then said: ‘You did a cracking performance you never would have known!’

He replied: ‘It added to the whole… everyone’s been complimenting me on that performance. 

‘I got off stage and was like, I’ve got to go to the hospital, went to the emergency thing, I’ve got this guy prodding around my bits.

‘They did a scan, found a kidney stone, so I’ve been on heavy painkillers all week. I get the operation to remove it tomorrow. It added a bit to that performance.’

After winning The X Factor in 2012, James became an overnight success and went on to sell more than 30 million records worldwide. 

But fame wasn’t all it was cracked up to be for the singer who admitted it was the ‘best and worst’ experience of his life back in August. 

Tough: His pain began just before hitting the red carpet (pictured) before he loaded up on paracetamol ahead of his performance on stage which he only just managed to get through

Tough: His pain began just before hitting the red carpet (pictured) before he loaded up on paracetamol ahead of his performance on stage which he only just managed to get through

Pain: He said: 'I got off stage and was like, I've got to go to the hospital, went to the emergency thing, I've got this guy prodding around my bits'

Pain: He said: ‘I got off stage and was like, I’ve got to go to the hospital, went to the emergency thing, I’ve got this guy prodding around my bits’

James added: 'They did a scan, found a kidney stone, so I've been on heavy painkillers all week. I get the operation to remove it tomorrow. It added a bit to that performance'

James added: ‘They did a scan, found a kidney stone, so I’ve been on heavy painkillers all week. I get the operation to remove it tomorrow. It added a bit to that performance’

Kind: Amanda then said: 'You did a cracking performance you never would have known!'

Kind: Amanda then said: ‘You did a cracking performance you never would have known!’

Appearing on This Morning, James opened up on what became a ‘pressure pot’ after previously detailing how he has fought a long battle with depression and attempted suicide in the past.

Watching back a clip of when he won the ITV show, James admitted he found it ‘triggering’ to watch.

The star explained: ‘It was the best and worst experience of my life. It was a pressure pot. I struggled in the aftermath.

‘When I see that… it’s allowed me this incredible career. But it was traumatic too.’ 

As to whether he had any advice for people who go on to do TV talent competitions, he said: ‘There’s no handbook for anyone. 

‘I was plucked from obscurity. Most people on X Factor are like me, they come from nothing, they’re not prepared for fame.

‘I wasn’t prepared for it, I wanted to be a singer songwriter. Not to be famous or to be judged on that scale.’

He continued: ‘I think I always thought I would get somewhere in music because I had an unwavering belief in my music.

‘I didn’t think X Factor would be my route. I ran out of money, my mum bribed me, she said I’ll give you a tenner if you audition for X Factor.

‘I am so grateful for Simon Cowell who continues to give me opportunities. Without X Factor I wouldn’t have been able to break through, because you need money.

‘I came up doing rock music but to be known as a balladeer is great.’

Plenty has changed now though for the Say You Won’t Let Go hitmaker, since welcoming a baby daughter, Emily.

James welcomed the tot with his girlfriend Jessica in November last year, and said she has changed his outlook on ‘everything’.

James gushed: ‘She’s nine months next week. It’s given me a completely different perspective. 

‘I’m a bit of a softie now. It’s changed my outlook on everything.

‘When I attempt to tap into that headspace about love she’s in the front of my mind now, I write about her. She’s my inspiration.

‘Music has always been a friend to me.’

He continued: ‘I’m relaxed. Anytime I’ve come on here in the past, or done live TV, I’ve been riddled with anxiety but having a kid has chilled me out.’

The singer also recently revealed that while he still suffers with depression, being a dad has stopped him from ‘spiraling’ out of control. 

Speaking to new magazine, James revealed: ‘She has been so good for me, mentally, I think. She’s become my anchor. ‘

He explained that being a dad changed him and as soon as Emily was born, he felt like he ‘grew up overnight.’

James added: People often say I’m emotionally intelligent, but I failed to really understand what the real point of life was. I had this unhealthy obsession with just wanting to be recognised for my music.

‘Now I’ve got Emily, I realise my whole motivation has changed. I’m super happy with my life.’

Wow: After winning The X Factor in 2012, James became an overnight success and went on to sell more than 30 million records worldwide (seen on the show)

Wow: After winning The X Factor in 2012, James became an overnight success and went on to sell more than 30 million records worldwide (seen on the show) 

Happy: Plenty has changed now though for the Say You Won't Let Go hitmaker, since welcoming a baby daughter, Emily

Happy: Plenty has changed now though for the Say You Won’t Let Go hitmaker, since welcoming a baby daughter, Emily

James previously revealed they’d named their newborn daughter in a touching tribute to a miscarriage the couple suffered last year.

Last year, James revealed his single Emily, which contained a message to a future child, was written while his partner was pregnant – but she tragically lost the baby.

James penned emotional lyrics as an ode to his then-unborn baby, including ‘I’m going to ask your mum to marry me’, and ‘I feel a love that I just can’t believe – You’re everything’.

Speaking on Andy Jaye’s An Hour With podcast, James said that when he put the song together his partner was pregnant and so the lyrics were meant to tell the child that the singer had been ‘living with an empty soul’ until she came along. 

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