Reality star treated at rehab clinic
Former child star Jack Vidgen has been treated at a top Sydney rehabilitation facility.
The Daily Telegraph can reveal the singer and reality star was admitted to South Pacific Private clinic in Curl Curl in August for a six-week treatment for substance abuse.
The 23-year-old would not comment when contacted with management representatives indicating Vidgen was working through his issues.
It is believed a high profile female television star was treated at the facility at the same time as Vidgen with the pair becoming close friends and seen regularly taking walks together on the beach near the facility.
Vidgen is understood to have recorded a song about the experience in rehab.
The news comes just a few days out from Vidgen's expected inclusion in the cast of the 2021 season of I'm A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!
The reality show was shot earlier this year with Vidgen understood to have entered the Australian 'jungle' camp weeks after his stint in rehabilitation.
Vidgen is of course the baby-faced former winner of Australia's Got Talent 2011, during which he received a standing ovation for his audition performing Whitney Houston classic I Have Nothing.
Dubbed Australia's answer to Justin Bieber, the performance clip has to date attracted more than 67 million views on YouTube and garnered at the time the attention of Perez Hilton in the United States.
He subsequently signed to Sony Music Australia and released two albums through the label, the first titled Yes I Am, with the hit single of the same name.
Vidgen grew up in humble surroundings in Sydney's northern beaches and has famously spoken of being homeless as a child.
On splitting with Sony after his second album release in 2012, Vidgen moved to Los Angeles to make his mark there only to be diagnosed with an eye tumour.
Returning to Australia after undergoing medical treatment, Vidgen came home to Sydney where he worked as an assistant in an aged-care home. By night, he was a regular on the Oxford Street party scene.
At the time, he had taken the heartbreaking decision to all but give up on performing publicly.
In 2015 though, he said he would return to singing but only on his terms.
"It was an amazing life but it wasn't normal," Vidgen said. "I quit for a while and just wanted a normal life."
He was also at the time philosophical with his views on fame.
"Fame to me isn't normal really," he said. "It is something that can come and go very easily and a lot of people don't realise. I don't think I realised. That was a big thing in deciding to stop being in the industry and trying to be in magazines and the press at the time, I realised it wasn't real."
In June last year, Vidgen gave mainstream music another big crack by auditioning for The Voice and making it on to Guy Sebastian's team as a semi-finalist but narrowly missing out on a series win despite being the fan favourite.
This year, pre-COVID, Vidgen returned to the United States to appear on America's Got Talent: The Champions but was cut in the first round with commentary labelling his defeat a robbery as he was a clear standout.
"I think you have an extraordinary voice, but that was way too safe," judge Simon Cowell said at the time. "I think you are way, way better than that."
Vidgen also competed on Australia Decides in an attempt to represent the country at Eurovision this year, missing out to Montaigne, who also in the end missed out as coronavirus meant the main event was cancelled.
Originally published as Reality star treated at Sydney rehab clinic