Singer James Arthur has revealed he was taken to hospital 'in agony' after his Pride of Britain Awards performance.

The 35-year-old, who hails from Middlesbrough, performed at this year’s prestigious awards ceremony which was attended by a host of celebrity names.

However, the former X-Factor winner said he only just got through his set after ‘wincing’ through the performance due to intense pain he later found out was caused by kidney stones.

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Speaking to Amanda Holden and Jamie Theakston on their Heart Breakfast show, the musician said: "It started just before I hit the red carpet, I was all suited and booted, and I started to feel this pain in my left… crown jewel shall I say.

"What have I done here? When putting my trousers on… have I caught myself?"

He said the pain got ‘progressively worse’ as he got further down the red carpet, and by the time he reached his dressing room he was "rolling around on the floor in agony."

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"I loaded up on paracetamol and I can’t go home at this point. I’ve got to do this performance.

"I was in 10/10 pain at this point. Anyway I get on stage, I wince through this performance,’ he added.

Despite his pain during the performance, Amanda was quick to heap praise on his performance, saying it was "cracking" and "you never would have known" he was experiencing a medical emergency.

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James explained that once he finished on stage, he was rushed to hospital where they discovered the offending kidney stone.

"I got off stage and was like, I’ve got to go to the hospital, went to the emergency thing, I’ve got this guy prodding around my bits."

"They did a scan, and found a kidney stone, so I’ve been on heavy painkillers all week. I get the operation to remove it tomorrow. It added a bit to that performance."