Arthur has faced a storm of criticism in recent weeks after using the term "f*****g queer" in a rap, prompting a public backlash which sent him into a downward spiral.
He has now opened up about the controversy, revealing he was unable to speak to anyone for a week as a result of the blues. A bout of anxiety attacked him as he suddenly found himself the target of death threats.
"All my confidence has disappeared because the whole nation thinks I am a homophobe who looks like a monster. I couldn't speak to anyone for a week. It was awful," he told thesun.uk.co.
"My little sister was being bullied in school and I was receiving constant death threats. I stayed in bed for days on end. Any time I tried to get up, I couldn't. I felt deep, deep shame about my mistakes since winning the show."
"I kept thinking, 'What the f**k have I done?' But since becoming famous, I have had a depressive nature. It's a curse. Maybe I suffer for my art," he said.
Following the incident, Arthur scrapped a series of shows and appearances due to "acute exhaustion". But he returned to the stage on Britain's "The X Factor" Dec 13 after show producers ignored calls to drop him from the live episode.
--IANS (Posted on 16-12-2013)