James Arthur has hit back at trolls after he was fat-shamed during Soccer Aid.
The 33-year-old singer played for England during the charity football match last weekend and was cruelly inundated with messages about his size.
‘Cool to see ppl calling me fat on Twitter during socceraid,’ James wrote on social media. ‘Giz a break!
‘I had Covid not long ago was carryin a knee injury and a bit of lockdown timber but I still never gave the ball away once! I’m lookin skinny today coz I was starved of service! Face with tears of joy relax it was for charity x (sic)’
A fan then suggested he could ‘try to stop looking at the hate and look at all the love and support your fans give you’.
James replied: ‘I do but sometimes it feels right to acknowledge the hate and make people aware of how stupid it is. I’m just being me. I see and appreciate the love too x (sic)’
Cool to see ppl calling me fat on Twitter during socceraid. Giz a break! I had Covid not long ago was carryin a knee injury and a bit of lockdown timber but I still never gave the ball away once! Iâm lookin skinny today coz I was starved of service! ð relax it was for charity x
The Rest of the World XI beat England 3-0 in the Soccer Aid match at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.
England were managed by former national team boss Sven-Goran Eriksson and captained by Wayne Rooney, with Harry Redknapp helping take charge of the World XI.
Both teams – which included a mix of celebrities and other famous names such as Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt – took the knee before kick-off.
Prior to the match, James, who shot to fame when he won the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012, admitted he was ‘honoured’ to be playing in the England XI alongside so many legends.
Following the match, it was announced the event had raised a record £13million for Unicef, the most in the 10-year history of Soccer Aid.
Soccer Aid for Unicef is available to stream on catch-up on ITV Hub.
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