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Jack Vidgen shares the real reason why he quit booze


Jack Vidgen has given a rare insight into his relationship with alcohol, one year after he was admitted to a Sydney rehabilitation facility for ‘substance abuse’.   

Responding to fans during an Instagram Q&A on Sunday, The Voice star, 24, confirmed he’s currently sober, before candidly revealing the pros and cons of life without booze.  

‘Yes still sober. Drinking wasn’t really my downfall though,’ he wrote in an Instagram Story post.   

‘I wasn’t an alcoholic’: Jack Vidgen, 24, shared the real reason why he quit booze during a candid Instagram Story Q&A with fans on Sunday 

‘I wasn’t an alcoholic. It blurred by decision making though which lead [sic] to other things. I’ll talk about all of this more one day,’ he explained.  

Jack explained that the ‘pros’ of sobriety are that he ‘has a lot more clarity in life’, while the down-side is that he misses the taste of his favourite drop.  

‘I do love the taste of red wine and am yet to find a good non alcoholic one,’ he wrote.

Truth: The Voice star explained that alcohol had 'blurred his decision making' which 'led to other things'

Truth: The Voice star explained that alcohol had ‘blurred his decision making’ which ‘led to other things’ 

Jack admitted he likely won’t remain sober forever, but doesn’t want to let alcohol waylay his personal growth. 

‘I’m not sure I won’t drink forever. I just want to make sure I’m in a place in life and within myself to handle it,’ he wrote. 

‘I do believe we can heal from trauma. My substance use was more about escaping my reality of some of the things that have happened through my life. I hadn’t dealt with them. I am now dealing with them [white love-heart emoji].’ 

Candid: Jack explained that the 'pros' of sobriety are that he 'has a lot more clarity in life', while the down-side is that he misses the taste of his favourite drop

Candid: Jack explained that the ‘pros’ of sobriety are that he ‘has a lot more clarity in life’, while the down-side is that he misses the taste of his favourite drop

I just want to make sure I'm in a place in life and within myself to handle it': Jack admitted he likely won't remain sober forever, but doesn't want to let alcohol waylay his personal growth

I just want to make sure I’m in a place in life and within myself to handle it’: Jack admitted he likely won’t remain sober forever, but doesn’t want to let alcohol waylay his personal growth

In May, Jack lifted the lid on his private battle with substance abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

The I Am King I Am Queen singer candidly spoke about his struggles during an Instagram Stories Q&A with fans on Friday, after someone asked him: ‘What kept you busy during the pandemic?’

‘I wasn’t busy. The pandemic was a really hard time for me (like for so many),’ Jack wrote next to a video of himself posing shirtless in his bedroom.

'A nightmare I couldn't wake up from': In May, spoke candidly about his substance abuse battle during the pandemic last year in an Instagram Story Q&A with fans

‘A nightmare I couldn’t wake up from’: In May, spoke candidly about his substance abuse battle during the pandemic last year in an Instagram Story Q&A with fans 

‘It really fast tracked my abuse of certain substances and found myself in a re-occuring [sic] cycle which felt like a nightmare that I couldn’t wake up from,’ he confessed.   

Jack’s revelation came after it was reported that the singer was admitted to a Sydney rehabilitation facility for substance abuse in August last year.  

The Daily Telegraph reported in December that Jack had been treated for six weeks at the South Pacific Private clinic in Curl Curl.  

Struggles: Jack's revelation came after it was reported that the singer was admitted to a Sydney rehabilitation facility for substance abuse in August last year

Struggles: Jack’s revelation came after it was reported that the singer was admitted to a Sydney rehabilitation facility for substance abuse in August last year

‘Jack has lived in the public eye for literally a decade now and it hasn’t always been easy,’ a source told the publication. 

‘He has faced numerous setbacks but has shown a determination still to not just come through as an artist but to use his life experience as inspiration for his music.’ 

Jack has recorded a song about the experience, which took place before he began filming the most recent season of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! 

Rehab: The Daily Telegraph reported in December that Jack had been treated for six weeks at the South Pacific Private clinic in Curl Curl

Rehab: The Daily Telegraph reported in December that Jack had been treated for six weeks at the South Pacific Private clinic in Curl Curl

Jack rose to fame as a baby-faced teenager on Australia’s Got Talent in 2011.

After winning the show, Jack released two successful albums, even reaching No. 3 in the ARIA charts with his single Yes I Am.

After parting ways with record label Sony Music Australia in 2014, he tried his luck in Los Angeles for a year before returning to Sydney.

He mostly stayed out of the spotlight until The Voice, which relaunched his career.  

Child star: Jack soared to fame after winning Australia's Got Talent in 2011 at the tender age of 14, and has stayed in the celebrity spotlight ever since

Child star: Jack soared to fame after winning Australia’s Got Talent in 2011 at the tender age of 14, and has stayed in the celebrity spotlight ever since



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