SHANNON NOLL’S SAD FALL FROM GRACE
The singer’s still battling grief and depression
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).