Ai­dan: My co­caine hell

X Fac­tor hope­ful on drug ad­dic­tion past

Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY ASH­LEIGH RAIN­BIRD Deputy Show­biz Ed­i­tor ash­leigh.rain­bird@mir­

X FAC­TOR con­tes­tant Ai­dan Martin spi­ralled into co­caine ad­dic­tion be­fore he was con­victed of fraud.

The singer, 27, says he fell in with the “wrong crowd” after mov­ing to London aged 18. He was ar­rested for try­ing to use a credit card stolen from rugby union leg­end Lawrence Dal­laglio, 45, in 2010. Ai­dan says: “It was hell. I lost my way. I hung out with the wrong crowd. I was do­ing drugs, co­caine and weed, do­ing it to ex­cess. I had no idea how I’d get out.”

The Mir­ror re­cently re­vealed that Ai­dan was ar­rested for try­ing to use Dal­laglio’s card at a restau­rant in Soho in London’s West End. In 2012, he ad­mit­ted fraud and was given 80 hours’ com­mu­nity ser­vice. His fam­ily kicked him out of his home. He said: “I had nowhere to live, no money, noth­ing.”

Ai­dan risks his place on The X Fac­tor by speak­ing out, after one of this year’s favourites, An­thony Rus­sell, was re­port­edly given the boot when he told pro­duc­ers about his drug use. Both singers will ap­pear on this week­end’s Boot­camp episodes on ITV.

In 2007, Ai­dan failed to get past Boot­camp, after which he left his na­tive South Shields for London.

SHAME Ai­dan Martin on show

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