The backlash from the press and on social media was so bad that Murs sought therapy to deal with it.
The singer, who says he “laughed off” the mistake at the time, told the Evening Standard: “The papers didn’t laugh it off – they made a massive deal about it. The media attention and the social media aspect upset me the most.
“They really tried to take me to the cleaners. They tried to make me lose my job over a silly, small mistake.”
Murs and co-presenter Caroline Flack departed The X Factor after one series as the show’s main presenters, with Murs saying at the time “I want to concentrate 100% on making my next album and getting back to performing.”
But he now reveals the return to music wasn’t as easy as he’d hoped. “When I went back to singing, it made me overthink what I was doing: ‘I’m going to forget the lyrics, what I’m doing …’ So that was something I needed to speak to a therapist about. And I’m not scared to admit that – that’s the stigma that men have.”