A tearful Altiyan Childs told Today Tonight he was broke and wanted to return to his former career as a forklift driver.
The X Factor winner told TT he was the victim of his ex-manager Steve Gold (real name Steve Yankuloff), who had not paid him for album royalties.
“I have no money that’s as simple as that. I think I’m probably about $400,000, $300,000 down,” he said.
“I don’t know what I’m doing it for, I would rather be a forklift driver and I’ve considered definitely, I saw my boss two days ago and I said, ‘Mate, you keep that seat warm for me’.”
Childs claims he never saw any equipment to create drugs at Gold’s home, which was raided by police on April 1st.
Gold told TT he has documentation to prove he managed Childs affairs properly, but wasn’t interviewed. 35 year old Childs currently has a 19 year old girlfriend and is a close friend of a woman and her 15 year old daughter.
None of it is the kind of publicity the show needs as it is scouring the country for its next batch of contestants.
Today Ronan Keating tells the Daily Telegraph Childs has probably played the wrong card at times.
“Altiyan’s problem is he has a very big heart and lets people in. We all know what this industry is like and people like to jump on the train when celebrity is involved. It can be a train wreck sometimes.
“Maybe I need to do some media training with my next contestants.”
Last year TV Tonight specifically asked the X Factor mentor / judges if their contestants would be getting media training.
“You’re not going to last if you have no media training. It’s a multi-talented facet being able to be an artist,” Guy Sebastian said.
“I’m tired of seeing a lot of these shows where these kids are 16 years of age on this show that says ‘We’re going to turn you into a superstar’ but once it’s over they’re just thrown to the wolves.”