Frankie Cocozza's dad: X Factor encouraged my son to be a party boy
Given a long leash, the 18-year-old began hitting trendy London nightspots, boozing until the early hours, taking advantage of fawning female fans.
While his dad accepts Frankie Jnr made mistakes, he says he and his son both feel the show pushed him into a ‘party boy' role just to get headlines.
He tells us: ‘Frankie felt like it was all about him being the wild child and he lived up to that, thinking it would help him in the contest.
'Everything was put on a plate for him.
'There was no support or guidance from the show.
'People in his position need guidance not encouragement.'
Read the full story about Frankie Cocozza in Now magazine dated 21 November 2011 - out now!