O’Loughlin admits to bottle battle

fionaDancing 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


  1. lmao Sam. Or at least train the ferret to sit still. On Friday’s Morning Show the cute little thing was hanging so far forward that it was touching Mark’s eyebrows. The little sucker seems to have a mind of its own.

  2. I think it’s pretty tragic and desperate for her to use her “I am an alcoholic” as hype for DWTS? Am I just too cynical? The timing is amazing.

  3. What a excellent
    (think cruel) publicity stunt seven, take someone with a drinking issue,
    and milk it milk it milk it.
    funny game this thing called television

  4. I am a huge fan of Fiona’s and am so glad that she has this wake up call. I have seen her twice live in the past few years and both times, although very funny for the most part, you could tell. Joke’s being repeated, getting lost half way through a story. She is a talented and wonderful lady, so let’s hope she can get some help and move on to further success and happiness.

  5. Medical professionals seem to think addiction is genetic, and therefore a disease.

    I have my doubts, it seems to me to be entirely behavioural, but then I don’t suffer from an addiction. Unless you count chocolate.

  6. Matt: Yeah, many professionals diagnose alcoholism as a disease as it is something that the individual has no control over (and it is allegedly proven to be hereditary). Thankfully, it is something that can be overcome with commitment from the sufferer.

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