Frankie Cocozza has hit out at X Factor bosses for revealing his cocaine use and believes he was lied to.
The former contestant appeared on This Morning with a whole new look and mindset , but insisted 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 Phillip Schofield, the 23-year-old 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.
Frankie Cocozza opened up about his past
He said he felt that show bosses had lied to him
“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.”
Frankie spoke with Holly and Phil
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.
“I lost my best mate Connor. It was a single punch and he died. He was the best person I’ve ever met.”
The former X Factor contestant is hoping to get his career back on track
He made a plea for anyone interested that he was ready
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.”
Frankie revealed that he has been busy making music and made a plea to those interested that he wanted to get his career back on track.
Reps for ITV and X Factor have been contacted for comment.
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