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James Arthur reconciles with ex Jessica Grist

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James Arthur reconciles with ex Jessica Grist

James Arthur has reconciled with ex-girlfriend Jessica Grist.

The former 'X Factor' winner is enjoying a career renaissance following him being dropped by Syco Music in 2014 in the wake of a string of controversies.

James has been re-signed to Syco by Simon Cowell and his new single 'Say You Won't Let Go' is currently sitting at number two in the UK singles chart this week just behind 'Closer' by The Chainsmokers and Halsey.

As well as a professional boost, the 28-year-old musician is also enjoying a renaissance in his love life as he has rekindled his romance with stunning Jessica, who he first met in 2012 when she was working as a dancer on 'The X Factor'.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "It's still very early days in their relationship but they were so close when they were together before that it's no wonder they have been drawn back to each other. James won't be making many public appearances with Jessica because he doesn't want anything to harm their chances this time around."

The pair are set to spend a lot of time apart due to their hectic schedules but they are both fully "committed" to the relationship.

The source added: "She is really busy and tours as a dancer around the world which makes things difficult, especially with James' schedule getting more hectic. But they both want to make things work and are committed to making things work."

Despite taking the decision to axe him from Syco, Simon stayed in touch with James as he worked hard to rebuild his career and win back any fans who had turned their back on him following his use of homophobic slurs in a rap diss track and on Twitter.

And the music mogul had no hesitation in re-signing him once he could see that James had overcome his personal issues.

An industry insider previously said: "Over the last few years James has kept in touch with Simon. Simon has always thought James is a real talent but as soon as he heard the record he made up his mind to re-sign him.

"James has grown up a lot and realises he made mistakes in the past. Simon knows this. Syco will distribute James' new album in the UK when it comes out later this year."