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Matt Cardle's The X Factor back story wasn't 'entirely true'

Matt Cardle is thrilled fellow The X Factor winner James Arthur has "proved everyone wrong" with his new number one single Say You Won't Let Go.

Former The X Factor winner Matt Cardle has admitted his painter and decorator back story "wasn't entirely true".

The now 33-year-old singer was named the winner of the ITV talent show in 2010 after impressing the judges and public with his vocal skills. He told host Dermot O'Leary that he was a manual labourer, saying: "I've been working as a painter for a couple of years now – it's boring and monotonous and I hate it to be honest. I keep myself going by singing."

But now Matt has admitted that he exaggerated his back story on the show to attract more attention.

"The painting and decorating story wasn't entirely true. I was doing anything for cash when I auditioned for that show but that sounded the best," he told Digital Spy.

"I will be eternally grateful to The X Factor. Simon (Cowell) and I catch up when we see each other so everything is cool there. Hopefully they'll consider supporting me with my fourth album."

After winning The X Factor, Matt released his debut record Letters with Simon's Syco label in 2011. However, the mediocre success of the album saw Matt dropped from the label, leading to him signing with So What Recordings in early 2012. He released The Fire in 2012, before following that with Porcelain, released on label Absolute.

He has yet to recreate the success he found with his first single off the back of his X Factor victory, When We Collide, with many speculating he may have fallen victim to the much talked-about X Factor curse - where the winner fails to find success in the industry.

However, one person who has broken the mould is James Arthur, who won the programme in 2012.

James is currently at the top of the U.K. charts with his single Say You Won't Let Go, and Matt is thrilled that he has proved his critics wrong.

"I’m delighted James has proved everyone wrong and returned with a number one single," he added. "So many people in the industry said it wouldn’t be possible. It proves that with the right team around you and great songs – anything is possible."

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