Meghan Trainor breaks down as Australian Idol contestant shares his harrowing story of drug addiction: ‘I started using when I was 12’
Australian Idol judge Meghan Trainor was in tears after a contestant shared his heartbreaking story of becoming hooked on drugs when he was just a child.
Ethan Moon, 20, opened up on Tuesday’s episode about his journey to sobriety after spending his teens as an addict before getting into rehab at age 18.
The Brisbane native, who brought his parents to his audition, explained music was his saviour when he was trying to beat his drug demons.
Australian Idol judge Meghan Trainor was in tears after contestant Ethan Moon (pictured) shared his heartbreaking story of becoming hooked on drugs when he was just a child
‘Two years ago I was walking down the stairs with my suitcase [to go to rehab]. Now I’m walking up the stairs to an audition,’ Ethan said.
‘When I was 18, I was admitted into rehab for using drugs. I was a pretty heavy drug addict at a young age,’ he added.
‘I started using [drugs] at 12. I had some things happen to me when I was younger that weren’t the best.
Ethan, 20, opened up on Tuesday’s episode about his journey to sobriety after spending his teens as an addict before getting into rehab at 18. He started using drugs at age 12
‘I ran away from home. I wasn’t a very good person to be around.’
Before singing Half A Man by Dean Lewis, which related to his experience as an active drug user, he told Meghan and fellow judges Kyle Sandilands, Amy Shark and Harry Connick Jr. about his past.
‘Two years ago today, actually, I was in rehab,’ he said, before Meghan volunteered that her older brother was also newly sober.
The judges applauded Ethan for opening up about his sobriety journey
‘It’s a tough, tough thing, so you’re very strong,’ said the All About That Bass singer, before adding: ‘And good job, brother, I love you!’
Kyle applauded the young man for his sobriety then asked him to start singing.
After he finished the beautiful rendition, it was apparent the judges were blown away by his unique vocal style – but Amy and Harry weren’t initially on board.
The Brisbane native sang Half A Man by Dean Lewis, which related to his experience as an active drug user
‘I think you need to do some singing and digging to find your sound, so for me it’s a no,’ Harry said.
An emotional Meghan added: ‘I thought you were great and I thought you were heartbreaking which is something special. Yes, you need some vocal work but it’s hard to have that gift which you have.’
She then told him it was a big ‘yes’ from her, and Kyle also said ‘yes’, meaning Ethan’s future in the competition was all down to Amy.
Harry Connick Jr gave Ethan a ‘no’, saying he didn’t believe he was ready
Despite her reservations, Amy said: ‘You have big sad boy vibes, I have big sad girl vibes, so I’m gonna give you a go.’
Meghan screamed after Ethan made the top 50, and had tears in her eyes when the young man hugged her older brother, who was on set that day.
‘You have a special boy,’ Meghan told Ethan’s parents. ‘And there’s my sober brother, give him a hug. I love you, big brother. You are my favourite brother!’
Meghan was emotional after the young singer was accepted into the top 50 of the competition