Five years on, X Factor's Frankie Cocozza speaks out about THAT 'drugs scandal'

Frankie Cocozza

The X Factor's Frankie Cocozza has opened up about THAT drugs scandal that saw him quit the show.

Frankie appeared on The X Factor in 2011, making it through to the live shows.

However he ended up quitting half way through the competition amid claims he had taken drugs.

"My life during the show has gone out of control and my behaviour off stage has over-stepped the rules of the competition," Frankie, who was mentored by Gary Barlow on the show, said in a statement at time.

Five years on, today saw Frankie speak out about the whole thing, recalling: "It all happens so quick. And then it just snowballed - you really don't have a second to think about it.

"I wasn't ready. No, not a chance. I knew I wasn't going to win the show. I had accepted that."

He told This Morning: "I was doing pony, I was doing songs that I didn't want to do. I was doing exactly what was asked of me.

"Sometimes, I was the only one allowed to go out. They'd give me the nod, 'We've got you VIP'. So I'd turn up and there'd be cameras everywhere..."

Chatting to hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, Frankie continued: "With the whole cocaine thing, there was no proof - I don't know why they decided to release that when they said they wouldn't in the last meeting [we had].

"All it was was me admitting it, so I said, 'Will everyone find out?' and they said, 'No'. And then on the way home, it was all over the papers. [But] I held my hands up, I've got to leave."

Frankie went on to explain he was now writing his own music and concluded: "I do regret letting people down."

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