Six-time ARIA winner Gabriella Cilmi has answered the question everybody was asking, and says, nope, she was sober at the big event.
“I was actually jetlagged, I wasn’t tipsy,” the 17yo told news.com.au.
“But I can have one glass of wine.”
The speculation followed her less-than-articulate acceptance speeches (six of them) at Sunday’s ARIAs, which followed a recurring theme of “wow..really cool, like…” and similar gushing phrases. Through the television set is appeared that Cilmi was letting the night get the better of her. But that’s the problem with television. It never really captures atmosphere. What 17yo who won six trophies wouldn’t be a little shell-shocked?
Hundreds of internet posts, including several on this site, were asking whether Cilmi had partaken of too much alcohol. Several that weren’t published here, were very accusatory. Another report asked whether Acer Arena had breached the Liquor Act by letting minors, including some in the Australian Idol party, drink alcohol. TEN maintained they were under guardian care and that no breach occurred.
It wouldn’t be the first time a winner has been under the influence at an Aussie awards show. Michael Cole at the Logies? Joan Rivers at the Logies? It’s practically a tradition.
“I was hoping I would win one or two (awards),” says Cilmi.
“But when I kept on winning it was really weird, I didn’t expect it, so I didn’t know what to say.”