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'X Factor' Christopher Maloney shocked by James Arthur 'diva' comments

Christopher Maloney has said that he was shocked to be called a diva by his fellow X Factor quarter-finalist James Arthur.

Arthur made the claims on camera and Maloney told Heat that he was surprised he felt that way.

Christopher Maloney photo from Heat Magazine (Issue: 20/11/2012)

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"People are saying I'm two-faced," he said. "I didn't know he'd said that. I feel like I'm an easy target, to be honest.

"I mean, I'm going on tour with James and I didn't know anything about that. I don't know... That's totally shocked me, that."

Of claims that he has shouted at members of the production staff, Maloney added: "It's more like the other way round!

"You've got 12 people knocking on your door, all telling you you've got to be somewhere. I'm not in a position to speak to anyone in a derogatory manner. I'm grateful to be here."

The singer said: "I'm keeping my feet on the ground and not doing anything wrong. Because I'm not doing anything wrong, maybe that's why they're printing lies about me.

"I'm the same person off-camera as I am on... All the negativity and crap I've been getting - people trying to bring me down and maybe force me to quit - it's not going to happen.

"No way. I've worked too hard just for somebody to take it away from me."

Regarding claims that he has been late for rehearsals, Maloney countered: "I'm always at rehearsals and I'm always punctual.

"I worked in a call centre job for five years and I have never, ever been late, so why would I now in The X Factor? I just wouldn't do it."

Heat Magazine (Issue: 20/11/2012)
Of suggestions that he must be voting for himself to stay in the competition, he replied: "I'm not getting an income at The X Factor and I'm missing it.

"I've been getting demand letters for a loan that I took out and I'm like, 'How can I afford to vote for myself when I can't even afford to pay the bills?' I honestly haven't got the time. Or the credit."

The full interview appears in this week's Heat, on sale now (November 20).
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