Olly Murs says there are a lot of ‘false people around you’ after The X Factor

Olly Murs has spoken out on being surrounded by "false people" – who he claims he "doesn't need in his life" – after coming second on The X Factor.

The 37 year old singer – who missed out on being the 2009 champion of the show to Joe McElderry – has looked back on his career which began 12 years ago, adding he often "puts a mask over things" as his fans and the nation know him for being his "happy" self all of the time.

Olly added that he never wants to show people when he is feeling vulnerable and prefers to "compartmentalise" when he is having a bad day – which he says "we all have".

It comes after the Voice UK judge spoke in a new YouTube video to Louisa Johnson – who performed alongside the Troublemaker hitmaker on his summer 2017 tour after releasing their single Unpredictable together.

"In this industry, you put a mask over things," Olly began to share. "That's what I did most of the time. People think I'm just this happy-go-lucky guy. I remember a few people came up to me, I won't mention names, but 'You always seem so happy all of the time, Olly, you must have a s**t day or a bad day.'"

He bravely confessed on camera: "I do all of the time. But when I step into this office or this work or in front of a camera, I compartmentalise that. I leave that at the table and I don't want to show people that I'm vulnerable or sad.

"But actually, when I go home, I am sometimes. We all go through that."

Olly went on to tell Louisa, 23, who won The X Factor back in 2015, that he discovered a lot of people "clung onto him" after his success in the competition.

"One thing I soon realised in this industry was there's a lot of false people around you, and I'm sure you've had a lot of them when you first came into this," he continued.

"When you first left The X factor, you probably had lots of clinger-on people that are like, 'Oh my god, you're amazing Louisa. You're going to be the next big thing. I'm going to be your best friend. I'm going to do this for you.' And then, two or three years later, you ask, 'Where are you now then?' And you're like, 'Wow great,' and they're the kind of people you don't need in your life."

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The star explained further: "It's the ones that are still here now that don't care if you have a good day or a bad day. They're there for you when you need them.

"My family and friends are exactly like that. They're always there when I need them. They're the people I can be Olly Murs around, not Olly Murs 'the camera person'. I can be me," he said, before adding: "They've seen me upset, they've seen me cry and they've seen me being happy. They've seen me in every single emotion."

Olly went on to recall the advice he received from Robbie Williams when the competition came to an end in 2009.

"When I came off the X factor, Robbie said to me – Mr Williams! 'As soon as you're done, write your own music. Make sure it comes from you,' because when you sing it, you'll sing it from the right place.

"Not because the record label said, 'Right here's a song. Go sing it.' You're not going to sing it from the same passion. When I first went in the recording studio, I was like, 'What the hell am I doing?!' It was mad."

He also revealed a lesson he lives by after watching Ed Sheeran's documentary 'Songwriter', which was released in 2018.

"I love Ed, I love his music. I really like him as a person as well," he shared. "He said that writing music is like a running a tap. 'You have to get rid of the dirty water to get the clean water.' And that's like writing a song. You have to get rid of the rubbish ones before you get to the good ones."

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