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X Factor singer edited from M&S ad following cocaine claims

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By John Glenday, Reporter

November 9, 2011 | 2 min read

X Factor crooner Frankie Cocozza has been airbrushed from a M&S Christmas campaign after the singer was overheard boasting of ‘cocaine fuelled sex sessions>”

Producers of the hit ITV show regard drug use as a red line for contestants, forcing them to send Cocozza packing.

During his stint on the prime time show Cocozza drew controversy for his inability to sing and inflated ego – but repeatedly won the public vote.

Ina statement Cocozza said: “'I’d like to apologise to Gary, my fellow contestants and everyone who has voted for me, but, as of today, I will no longer be in The X Factor.

'My life during the show has gone out of control and my behaviour off stage has over-stepped the rules of the competition. I no longer deserve my place in the show, so I am therefore leaving. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me.”

A source told The Daily Mail: “We couldn’t have someone who thinks they are the next Pete Doherty - and more importantly, acting like it - performing to millions of impressionable children and teenagers. We did what we had to do and told Frankie to go.”

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