Olly Murs insists he’s suffered ‘stigma’ in the music industry due to his reality show past despite chart success throughout his 13-year career

He rose to fame when he finished runner-up on the sixth series of The X Factor in 2009.

And Olly Murs, 38, insists he still experiences ‘stigma’ in the music industry today because of his reality television past.

The former talent show contestant, who released his new album Marry Me last week, says he’s grateful when other big recording artists praise him for his work as it boosts his confidence. 

Troubled journey? Olly Murs, 38, insists he still experiences 'stigma' in the music industry today because of his reality television past

Troubled journey? Olly Murs, 38, insists he still experiences ‘stigma’ in the music industry today because of his reality television past

He told The Sun: ‘The music industry has been good to me but there’s been times when I’ve felt like because I’m from a reality TV show, there’s a bit of stigma around me.

‘So when I’ve had support from people like Sir Tom Jones, Lewis Capaldi, Stormzy, Ed Sheeran and Paul Weller (who wrote the track Let Me In for his 2015 album Never Been Better), it’s meant a lot.

‘They’ve all been respectful to me when I’ve met them.’

Gratitude: The former talent show contestant, who released his new album Marry Me last week, says he's grateful when other big recording artists praise him for his work (pictured as a contestant on The X Factor in 2009)

Gratitude: The former talent show contestant, who released his new album Marry Me last week, says he’s grateful when other big recording artists praise him for his work (pictured as a contestant on The X Factor in 2009)

Olly went on to say he’s proud of himself for his 13-year long career in showbusiness.

The star admitted that he felt anxious at first with the new attention and adoring fans that came with fame.

And, while he admits he’s at times had to reach out to others for help, he says he doesn’t feel the loneliness and isolation that can come with stardom as much.

New tunes: Olly released his first album in four years, Marry Me, last week, with the new offering being inspired by the singer's fiancée Amelia Tank (pictured last month)

New tunes: Olly released his first album in four years, Marry Me, last week, with the new offering being inspired by the singer’s fiancée Amelia Tank (pictured last month)

Olly released his first album in four years, Marry Me, last week, with the new offering being inspired by the singer’s fiancée Amelia Tank.  

He recently revealed that his partner inspired most of the tracks and it was ‘fun’ to pen songs about their relationship.

He told The Sun: ‘I didn’t know how much fun it would be to write about me and Amelia a little bit — it’s not all about us, but there is an element of Amelia in each song which I can relate to and she can relate to.

‘It is great to have a moment in my life where I feel so content at home and so happy.

‘Things are in the best possible place they could be — at least until you start talking wedding plans which is stressful as hell. But now I am just concentrating on work again and I have nothing to worry about at home. It is so settled and lovely.’

Olly has released two songs from his latest album so far – I Hate You When You’re Drunk and Die of a Broken Heart, after signing with with EMI Records and he is hoping to take the charts by storm having worked with BTS songwriters David Stewart and Jessica Agombar.  

He said: ‘I’ve never done this before. It felt weird writing with the same people constantly. But I loved the routine and the consistency. We just kept writing good songs. They had a great vibe and an enthusiasm, and a hunger.’

His album, 2018’s You Know I Know made it to number two in the Official UK Albums Chart.

Sweet: Olly and his fiancée Amelia got engaged in June, with the singer saying she was 'The One' after a 'make or break' holiday at the beginning of their relationship

Sweet: Olly and his fiancée Amelia got engaged in June, with the singer saying she was ‘The One’ after a ‘make or break’ holiday at the beginning of their relationship 

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