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!
“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.
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.”