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INXS reality winner homeless and unemployed

By | Published on Wednesday 18 February 2009

JD Fortune, the chap that won TV reality show Rock Star: INXS to become the band’s new singer, has told Entertainment Tonight that he was sacked by the band and now lives homeless in his car. “I don’t know where I am going from sofa to sofa, from night to night”, he said. “I am trying to get through my life”.

On how his time with the band came to a sudden stop, Fortune explained: “I was in an airport at Hong Kong and literally got a handshake. They said, ‘Thank you very much’. I found myself really alone because I had travelled with these guys for 23 months. Some of the audiences we played for were upwards of 80,000 people”.

He adds that he didn’t tell anyone, including family and friends, what had happened, and that fans continue to ask for his autograph. “Every time I sign my name it becomes in my heart worth less”, he added. “I’m very confused because when you do something like that it should be a moment of pride”.

He admits that he became a cocaine user during his time with the band, which presumably might be the reason he was ditched. Speaking about his excessive use of the drug during his period on tour, he said: “It got as bad as it needed to be for me to numb out the fact that I knew this was going to come to a screeching halt”.

Fortune is now planning a comeback and is set to release a solo album shortly, via Universal Canada.