James Arthur 'back on' with ex-girlfriend Jessica Grist just six months after break up

By Joel Leaver

James Arthur is said to have reconciled with his ex-girlfriend Jessica Grist after splitting up six months ago.

The couple, understood to have had an on-off relationship for nine years, reportedly "stayed in touch" after their most recent break-up and have now got back together.

The singer-songwriter, 33, first began dating Jessica in 2012 when she was a back-up dancer on the X Factor - during the series of the ITV show which James went on to win.

They were believed to have split up in 2015 before getting back together two years later. It was then reported that they had split up again in May last year, having "grown apart."

James Arthur is said to have met partner Jessica Grist during his time on the X Factor in 2012 (Getty Images)

The couple are now said to have reconciled again though, having reportedly been spotted together at a specialist car garage recently, according to the Sun.

A source told the outlet: "They've had six months apart but have always stayed in touch, and got on very well."

They said people close to the couple are "pleased they're back on," adding that there's a "definite chemistry" and that they have been together for "the best part of a decade."

The source further commented that it could be a "fresh start" for James and Jessica, who they said have always had "something really good" between them.

The Mirror approached a rep of James Arthur for comment.

Following their break-up last year, James released his fourth studio album - It'll All Make Sense in the End - in November. The record reached Number 3 in the UK Charts.

The award-winning musician is understood to have co-written tracks on the album, including Medicine - which had previously been released as a single earlier in the year.

Ahead of the album's release, James announced a UK and Ireland tour, which he's set to embark on in the coming months. It will begin in Bournemouth and end in Dublin.

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The tour, which runs throughout March this year, will also include see James perform at venues in cities such as London, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester and Belfast.

Announcing the tour a few months ago, he said: "It's gonna be a special one. Can't wait to see you there."

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