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Pro Green talks through his issues

Professor Green has opened up about his feuds with Robbie Williams, Danny O'Donoghue and James Arthur.

The 31-year-old rapper and singer-songwriter - whose real name is Stephen Manderson - has had a few clashes with his fellow musicians in recent times, but after seeing a therapist he seems to have let it go.

Robbie was going to feature on one of the tracks on Pro Green's album, but ended up doing a track with Dizzee Rascal instead.

The rapper told Radio 5 Live: "He kept stringing me along. I told him about himself. I shoot straight.

"We didn't talk for a while. Then he reached out and sent me an email. He is wicked."

He also clashed with James Arthur when recording his album. They were supposed to work together on a track before the former X Factor winner was dropped by his record label. James then accused Pro of plagiarism, but Pro insisted he had recorded the song before he and James met.

But Pro said: "I hope James Arthur gets another chance. His voice is wicked, he was nice when I met him. I don't have any problem with him."

But the rapper hasn't forgiven The Script singer Danny, after he released a song which Green claims was similar to his hit Read All About It.

"It was all a bit close to home. He used the same chords, it was about his dad, he was rapping," he said.

The 31-year-old also talked about his battle with depression and revealed he is seeing a psychotherapist before becoming a parent with wife Millie Mackintosh.

"My father committed suicide," Green explained. "It's not something men talk about.

"There has been no dent in treating suicide in 30 years. We are taught we need to be macho. Men don't want to talk about their feelings. It's important that it's spoken about.

"As humans we are very resilient. One of the problems I have is that I put my feeling to the side, sweep them under the carpet.

"Now I'm starting to think about having children, I see a psychotherapist. it's the best thing in 31 years I have done. I go in, sit down for an hour, leave exhausted.

"I don't want to pass on any of my issues or my troubles to my kids. So I need to get sorted out."

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