The 'Troublemaker' singer has said he wants to give the former 'X Factor' winner ''the benefit of the doubt'' following criticisms bought against the star for using a homophobic slur in a rap song he wrote in response to a feud with British MC Micky Worthless.
The 'Impossible' singer made a swift apology after a flurry of backlash but the issue caused a spat with fellow 'X Factor' alumni Lucy Spraggan, who publicly condemned his actions on Twitter.
Olly - who appeared as a host on the 'Xtra Factor' during James stint on the ITV talent show - said: ''To be fair to James he did comment and he made a very good statement saying, 'I'm sorry, I didn't mean to say it',
''There's always artists out there that cause controversy... at the moment he's going through a tough time. I just think sometimes when your back's against the wall you just say things and you probably don't mean it. So I give him the benefit of the doubt.''
James has since cancelled a number of upcoming appearances with his representatives sighting ''acute exhaustion'', and Olly thinks the time off will help the star to refocus on his music.
Olly added to Digital Spy: ''Look, he's got a couple of weeks off I suppose to get himself back to scratch. He's a talented lad, he's got a great voice, great ability and hopefully he bounces back.''