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Frankie's spiral into drugs and failure revealed

AXED X Factor contestant Frankie Cocozza has been taking drugs -- including cocaine -- since he was 16.

The 18-year-old was booted from the show after the production team overheard him bragging about taking cocaine while at a party in London on Saturday night.

Today, he admitted taking the drug six times in total -- but said he only took it once while on X Factor.

The teenager claimed he first took cocaine while partying with pals and that it has been "part and parcel of growing up".

"I'm a bit of a bad boy and that is the way I have grown up," Frankie said.

"I was only on the show because I got my bum out."

Although he claims he has never bought the A class drug himself, it has been offered to him on numerous occasions and the most he has done at one time is "four lines on the go".

"I've partied non-stop since I was a teenager so X Factor couldn't tame me," confessed the singing hopeful, who claims he lost his virginity when he was only 12.

"Tulisa said I had lost my innocence, but I don't think I've ever been innocent to be honest.

"I've had loads of abuse, but I love it. I laugh at it. They say I've murdered their favourite songs, I don't care -- I probably have, I'm sweet."

Since auditioning for X Factor, Frankie claims he has bedded at least seven female conquests, including Geordie Shore's Holly Hagan and two fellow acts from the show.

"Two of them are from the show, I can't tell you who though. I'm moving quite quickly through the competition, well, I'm trying.

"I want to be famous -- I'd look forward to the money, the cars, but mainly I'd look forward to the girls.

"The X Factor has really helped me in that department, I remember them all but I'm not still in touch.

"My mum knows I'm a little slut, she's chuffed for me," the Russell Brand wannabe said, adding that he would "really love" to sleep with popstars Miley Cyrus and Pixie Lott.

X Factor rejects Amelia Lily, 2 Shoes, Jonjo Kerr and James Michael have been drafted in to compete on tomorrow's live show to replace the axed hopeful.

Stupid

Frankie, who stressed he does not need to go to rehab for his partying, said he feels stupid about his actions and "will regret this for the rest of my life".

"I feel so bad that Gary (Barlow -- his mentor) gave me this amazing opportunity and I basically screwed it up -- I've only myself to blame.

"I know I'm not a great singer, there are loads of genuine rock stars and I'm not one of them," he added.

The messy-haired singer, who drinks Jack Daniels and coke, has apologised to some 300,000 followers on Twitter since leaving the house and feels he has been a "bad role model" to fans.

But it will not stop the teen from trying drugs again:

"I can't see into the future so I can't say I'll never do coke again," he said.

The teenager partied on Saturday night after he was hit with criticism from the judges for his shambolic performance of the Black Eyed Peas' I've Gotta Feeling.

On Sunday's results show, host Dermot O'Leary told viewers Frankie had only had half an hour's sleep.

It is understood the production team later overheard Frankie boasting about taking cocaine at the party and were compelled to inform show bosses.

They confronted Frankie on Monday and axed him on Tuesday.

labutler@herald.ie


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