The singer’s still bat­tling grief and de­pres­sion

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He’s the hand­some Aussie idol loved by mil­lions – but Shan­non Noll’s re­cent dra­mas are threat­en­ing to ruin his ca­reer and de­stroy his im­age as a down-to-earth fam­ily man.

The What About Me crooner was ar­rested last month at a Syd­ney ho­tel with a bag con­tain­ing 0.53grams of co­caine. He ap­peared in court on Oc­to­ber 11, where he pleaded guilty to pos­ses­sion.

Mag­is­trate Glenn Walsh did not record a con­vic­tion but handed the 43-year-old fa­therof-three a 12-month good be­hav­iour bond, com­ment­ing that Shan­non had fallen from his “high perch.”

After­wards, the con­trite star – who an­nounced in July that his wife Rochelle was ex­pect­ing their fourth child – said he hoped to put the in­ci­dent be­hind him and was “just look­ing for­ward... to get­ting back to work”.

It’s the lat­est wor­ry­ing episode for Shan­non, who was run­ner-up in 2003’s Aus­tralian Idol and also

came sec­ond on the 2018 sea­son of I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

In 2005, the singer lost his li­cence for nine months af­ter a drink-driv­ing in­ci­dent near his home town of Con­dobolin, NSW – a matter he called a “stupid mis­take.” In Jan­uary 2017, he was ar­rested for al­legedly as­sault­ing a bouncer out­side an Ade­laide strip club, but the charges were later dropped. Then in July this year, he un­leashed a foul-mouthed tirade at an au­di­ence mem­ber who threw a beer can on­stage dur­ing a show in Nyn­gan, NSW.

Shan­non’s celebrity friends pro­vided ref­er­ences dur­ing his lat­est brush with the law, with shock jock Kyle Sandi­lands call­ing him “a great man.”

But some fans were quick to ex­press their dis­may on so­cial me­dia. “What’s go­ing on man?” one posted. “Dis­ap­pointed. You have a new Bub on the way. Wake the f*** up!”

Mag­is­trate Walsh of­fered a pos­si­ble ex­pla­na­tion for Shan­non’s wor­ry­ing be­hav­iour, say­ing he suf­fers from “a se­vere case” of de­pres­sion. “He’s never re­ally got­ten over the death of his fa­ther,” Mr Walsh added.


Shan­non’s dad Neil died in 2001 af­ter be­ing crushed by a 600kg fuel tank on the fam­ily farm. His son ar­rived on the scene just sec­onds af­ter the ac­ci­dent.

“I drove in the gate with a mate and thought ‘Who’s that on the ground?’” he re­calls. “Then re­al­ity hit.”

Two years later, Shan­non’s mother was forced to sell the prop­erty af­ter it ac­crued a $1 mil­lion debt – which the star tried to pay off. “All the big money I made af­ter [ Idol], I paid bills with it,” he’s said.

Shan­non has ad­mit­ted he’s strug­gled with drug and al­co­hol ad­dic­tions over the years – es­pe­cially since his cher­ished dad’s death. “I got to the stage where I had to own up to it,” he said in 2008. “I turned into a zom­bie on the lounge. I wasn’t do­ing any­thing use­ful.”

De­spite the dra­mas, it seems the star – whose fifth stu­dio al­bum, Un­bro­ken, was re­leased ear­lier this year – is de­ter­mined to over­come his lat­est is­sue. “Tough times don’t last,” he says. “Tough peo­ple do.”

And his fans are des­per­ately hop­ing Nollsie can get back to do­ing what he does best – soon.

‘He’s never re­ally got­ten over the death of his fa­ther’

Shan­non, with wife Rochelle and their kids Si­enna, 12, Blake, 15, and Cody, 17, adored his dad Neil (left).

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