X Factor legend Frankie Cocozza unrecognisable as he goes topless by the beach 12yrs after being branded ‘wild child’ | The Sun

AN X Factor legend has been spotted looking unrecognisable after going topless by the beach, 12 years after being branded the show’s “wild child.”

The 30-year-old star, who now lives in Australia, was kicked off The X Factor for discussing cocaine more than a decade ago.

In unprecedented circumstances, Frankie was axed from the ITV singing competition after "breaking a golden rule" – with it later revealed that he had boasted about using cocaine in front of production staff.

But he looked carefree recently, as he stripped topless and enjoyed some time by the beach.

Frankie whipped off his top and posed on his balcony in white shorts, revealing his tattooed physique.

The star sported an impressive tan, and posed next to his adorable four-year-old son in the photo which he captioned: “Big mush, little mush x.”

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Last year, Frankie revealed that he still struggles with cocaine abuse, openly admitting: "I'm a drug addict."

Appearing on The James Smith Podcast last week, the Celebrity Big Brother runner-up spoke of his love for the addictive stimulant drug.

Shaking his head, he affirmed: "I'm a drug addict. Simple as that. I just am. I love cocaine. I'm sorry, I do.

"I know that if money hadn't run out, I'd still be snorting gear. It's a fact."

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Despite laughing off his addiction, Frankie added that he's trying to stay clean for the sake of his young son, Frankie Jr.

“I have made a conscious effort to try and stop since the bubba’s been born," he affirmed.

"I feel bad because I’m saying I love it and that, but I know what I need to do as a dad now, and that’s not to do it."

Frankie also sensationally revealed that, at the height of his fame, he snorted coke with A-listers.

"I've sniffed cocaine with people that you just wouldn't in a million years believe it," he recalled.

"I'm an 18-year old kid and they’re doing it with him. It’s insane. No one gives a f***.”

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