James Arthur defends himself against vile fat-shaming trolls after Soccer Aid

James Arthur has been forced to defend himself after being cruelly fat-shamed by vile trolls after his appearance on Soccer Aid.

The 33-year-old begged his critics to “give us a break” as he explained his recent weight gain in lockdown.

The former X Factor singer volunteered his time to play in the celebrity charity match alongside Robbie Williams, Love Island’s Kem Cetinay and comic Lee Mack.

One horrible troll said: "James Arthur looking like the fat kid you put up forward to keep out the way and not cost you goals.”

Another sent him the message: "James Arthur has piled weight on.”

Someone else chimed in to say: "James Arthur looks like he’s carrying a little lockdown weight for a centre forward.”

James responded to the cruel attacks by writing: "Cool to see ppl calling me fat on Twitter during socceraid. Giz a break!

"I had Covid not long ago was carrying a knee injury and a bit of lockdown timber but I still never gave the ball away once!

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"I’m lookin skinny today coz I was starved of service!

"Relax it was for charity x.”

The charity match managed to raise more than £13 million in aid of Unicef with teams featuring a mix of celebrities and football icons.

James previously told of his mission to shed the weight after binging on cake and fake sausage sandwiches in lockdown.

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The star told The Sun: “I have put on a fair bit of weight since the beginning of the lockdown because there’s nothing else to do but stuff my face.

“I’ve got a sweet tooth so it’s just cake really. I love cake.

“I’m pretty much a vegan so I’ve been having the fake meat — sausage sandwiches and stuff like that I’ve been digging into.

“I’ve set myself a goal to lose a bit of weight. It might sound extreme but I’m 6ft 3in and I weigh 17st so I’d like to drop a couple of stone if possible.”

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