Frankie Cocozza received a tough grilling on This Morning as the star opened up about his troubled past.
The former X Factor contestant promised that he had changed and was ready to forge ahead with his career after overhauling himself with a whole new look and mindset.
But presenter Phillip Schofield wasn’t letting the 23-year-old get off lightly and asked him: “On the assumption that you have got your head together and you are in a better place. You’ve written a 100 songs…
“You’ve cleaned yourself up and you are now looking for someone to work with and to take you on board… How reliable are you?”
He has turned his life around
Phil gave Frankie a grilling
Frankie made his apologies and reassured Phil that he had got his life back on track: “That’s one thing I do regret letting everyone down.
“I did I was meant to turn up to TV shows and because of where I was in my head. If you asked me a year ago I probably would have been like no way, not a chance.”
“A year ago we wouldn’t have let you on,” Phil added.
Frankie Cocozza opened up about his past
The 23-year-old hit out at X Factor bosses earlier in the interview for revealing his cocaine use and believes he was lied to.
Frankie said that before he left the show he claims he was promised that news of the drug scandal would not be released.
Speaking to Holly Willoughby and Phil, he explained how he was sometimes the only one who was allowed on nights out while the singing competition was airing before he had to quit the ITV show.
He said of his drug shame: “The whole cocaine thing, there was no proof or anything. I don’t know why they decided to release that.
The former X Factor contestant is hoping to get his career back on track
“They said they wouldn’t, in the last meeting we had when they said ‘Look we’ve heard that you have done it and stuff’, and all it was, was me admitting it, there was no proof.
“I said there was no proof and asked if it was going to come out and they said no. And then on the way home it was just all over the papers and that.”
Admitting that he was disappointed that the incident had got out and agreed it would have eventually got out, he said: “Yeah, and I held my hands up and said I’ve got to leave, I’ve got to go.”
The wannabe pop star admitted that he wasn’t ready for the fame that the competition brought him and that along with losing a close friend after starring in Celebrity Big Brother , all contributed to him spiralling out of control.
Frankie has had a makeover
“I lost my best mate Connor. It was a single punch and he died. He was the best person I’ve ever met.”
Frankie continued: “Everyone else struggled, it was horrible. I was 19 and I had £200,000 in the bank.
“I like going out and I did like some of the stuff that I shouldn’t have liked and it did get really bad.
“There was times that I would wake up and was crying and I just didn’t know what was going on.”
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