Dancing with the Stars contender Fiona O’Loughlin has spoken about her collapse last week during a comedy performance in Brisbane, admitting she is an alcoholic.
O’Loughlin has told the Sunday Herald Sun, “I am an alcoholic.”
On Thursday the public incident attracted news stories and criticism from audience members. Further shows were cancelled. Tonight she takes to the floor in the 2009 premiere of Seven’s variety show.
“I’ve been battling it alone and doing pretty well,” she said.
“It kind of creeps in because I’m a nervy person and it started with stand-up (comedy) and it was a monster lying dormant the past seven years.”
O’Loughlin was sober for two months after starting rehearsals for Dancing with the Stars.
“I think there has been a lot of denial for a long time and then something like this happens,” she said.
“I’m not trying to get sympathy,” she said.
“I was certainly managing it, or what I thought to be managing it, for a long time.
“But I think instinctively I was a train crash about to happen.”
O’Loughlin apologised to audience members ans said she was determined to overcome the disease.
“It’s not just that they sat through something that was appalling, but they all made plans, got babysitters, parked their cars and then this happened.”
Meanwhile, it will be interesting to see if Todd McKenney is sporting a beard tonight, given Seven’s Tim Worner was said to have ordered it be shaved off. McKenney has publicly said on his radio show it will stay. A year ago he was very grateful for the network’s public support.
Source: Sunday Herald Sun