James Arthur splits from longtime girlfriend Jessica Grist after ‘growing apart’

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James Arthur reportedly broke up with long-term girlfriend Jessica Grist, who he first started dating on the X Factor in 2012.

Sparks flew between the singer, 33, and the backing dancer, 31, on the competition show the year James rose to fame and won the series.

A source said The sun on Friday that after nine years on-off dating, James and Jessica have ‘grown apart’ and feel like the relationship is ‘running its course’.

Split: James Arthur reportedly broke up with longtime girlfriend Jessica Grist who he first started dating on the X factor in 2012 (photo 2019)

The insider revealed: ‘James and Jessica have a lot of history so they will always have a special place in each other’s hearts, but the truth is they just grew apart and decided it wasn’t working anymore.

‘There was no major drama and they are still friends, but it is still a blow to both because they have been together for so long.

It just feels like the relationship is running its course now and James is focusing on his music because he’s got a big year ahead of him, he recently signed a new record deal and has a new album and tour just around the corner, so he throws himself into his work. ‘

Long-Lasting Romance: Sparks flew between the singer, 33, and the backing dancer, 31, on the competition show the year James rose to fame and won the series

Long-Lasting Romance: Sparks flew between the singer, 33, and the backing dancer, 31, on the competition show the year James rose to fame and won the series

MailOnline has contacted a representative for James Arthur for comment.

This isn’t the first split for James and Jessica. The couple previously ended their relationship in 2015 before restarting their romance two years later.

And James revealed to The Sun earlier this year that Jessica inspired much of his upcoming album.

He said, “She knows she’s the muse in many of these songs. She’s so helpful and she’s probably sick of hearing my music, to be honest because all she’s heard all year is that I blew out songs. ‘

'Run its course': A source revealed Friday that after nine years of on-off dating, James and Jessica have 'grown apart' (pictured together in 2014)

‘Run its course’: A source revealed Friday that after nine years of on-off dating, James and Jessica have ‘grown apart’ (pictured together in 2014)

It has been a stressful year for James, who revealed in March that he was £ 300,000 in debt betting on football games.

The winner of the X Factor, who has previously battled anxiety, depression and drug addiction, revealed that he didn’t realize he owed money until his accountant notified him of his bank balance.

He said to The mirror: ‘I had about £ 200 … £ 300,000 in debt.

Muse: James revealed earlier this year that Jessica inspired much of his upcoming album (pictured in 2018)

Muse: James revealed earlier this year that Jessica inspired much of his upcoming album (pictured in 2018)

‘I didn’t even know I was in debt. It was my accountant who said: ‘you are a bit in the red here’. ‘

However, James, who is reportedly worth £ 4 million, has experienced his fair share of luck after being banned from a betting app for winning ‘crazy money’.

Last year, he confirmed to the publication that he had struck gold on football accumulators when he added, ‘I predicted five results or something. Crazy money I won.

“I didn’t have a gambling problem – a lot of soccer fans will bet on soccer … whether they like to gamble or not.”

Nevertheless, he admitted that it was a blessing in disguise to be blocked on betting platforms because it ‘forced’ him to stop gambling.

'She's so supportive and she's probably sick of hearing my music, to be honest because all she's heard all year is that I blew out songs,' James said earlier this year (photo 2017)

‘She’s so helpful and she’s probably sick of hearing my music, to be honest because all she’s heard all year round is me blowing out songs,’ James said earlier this year (photo 2017)

Before thinking about his gambling problems, James remembered the mistakes he’d made in his personal life, including his relationship with Rita Ora.

He expressed regret that in his 2017 autobiography, Back To The Boy, he claimed that an affair with Rita turned him into a sex addict.

The X Factor winner first made the shocking revelations about his relationship with the 30-year-old singer during a freestyle rap in 2013, and would later link their brief romance to his tryst with countless other women.

But in a new interview with The sunthe singer-songwriter has admitted regretting making such bold public statements, especially as he failed to take into account the feelings of those involved at the time.

Ex: James has previously recalled the mistakes he made in his personal life, including his relationship with Rita Ora, claiming that their breakup turned him into a `` sex addict. ''

Ex: James has previously recalled the mistakes he made in his personal life, including his relationship with Rita Ora, claiming that their breakup turned him into a “ sex addict. ”

He said, ‘It was done at a time when there was just a lot going on. I had just made my comeback and we were trying to do too much at once. Looking back on that, there are certain things I wouldn’t have shared or explained the way I did.

If I could stop production of the book now, I probably would, because there are things that affected family relationships, not in the long run, but hurt people at the time.

“There are things I’ve shared about relationships where I should have considered the people involved a little more, I think.”

In 2017, James discussed how his alleged affair with Rita affected his life, when he revealed that he ‘turned as ** g’ after the scorching romance.

Speaking to The Sun, he brought up his battle with addiction, which led to his roles of romping with hundreds of women after he was left ‘heartbroken’ by the singer.

After meeting Rita during his time on The X Factor, he confessed that he couldn’t believe she would be interested in him, but insists that she claimed to be in love.

When she ‘disappeared’, James ‘coercion with women began when he revealed,’ If I’m being honest, I kind of got behind Rita like that. I was chatting with hundreds of women and I started sleeping with so many of them that I lost count.

They were usually of the same type: Babestation girls or glamor models. If I saw someone I liked, I would contact her on social media and blatantly tell her I wanted to have sex.

It was ridiculously easy. There would be no emotional attachment and it would just be pure sex, and with one or two exceptions it was. ‘

Involved: In 2017, James discussed how his alleged affair with Rita affected his life, when he revealed he turned 'into as ** g' after the scorching romance

Involved: In 2017, James discussed how his alleged affair with Rita affected his life, when he revealed he ‘turned as ** g’ after the scorching romance

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