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X-Factor star blew £20,000 on booze after losing childhood friend

The Argus: Frankie Cocozza with parents of Connor Saunders Frankie Cocozza with parents of Connor Saunders

The grief of losing his best friend  turned Frankie Cocozza into an alcoholic.

The X Factor star from Woodingdean, who’s now the singer with band The Telescreen (right), gave an interview to the magazine about the death of Connor Saunders, 19, after he was involved in a fight in Rottingdean in 2012.

He told Closer magazine: “I can’t even explain how that felt – to have my best mate taken away, ” “There’s no pain in the world like it. I miss talking to Connor.

“I’ll never have that connection with anyone else because I’d known him since we were little kids.

"He was the nicest geezer, he didn’t do drugs and he had goals.”

And 21-year-old Frankie confessed: “I turned into a bit of an alcoholic. I went out every night for four months and I spent a fortune – over £20,000. Then one day I just snapped out of it.

"I’d become this fat alcoholic and realised I was wasting my life. That’s the last thing Connor would have wanted. His family kept me strong too.”

But, he says, he’s still angry that no one has been convicted over Connor’s death. “It’s such an injustice: my best mate died, his family lost their son and no one’s been punished for it. It’s devastating. I still think about it all the time. It’s just so unfair that it happened to the guy that loved life the most.”

He reckons Connor would be “buzzing” about The Telescreen.

But now Frankie’s facing another trauma: after living with his 21-year-old girlfriend Leah Hudson, he’s just moved out. “It’s falling apart. I don’t even know why – maybe she needs time or space – but I don’t and I’m devastated.

"She’s still The One. Hopefully, I’ll still marry her one day. I can’t imagine not being with her.”

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2:16pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Max Ripple says...

Oh get a life Frankie. We've all lost people, family and close friends, but we don't all turn into alcoholics or even have £20k to blow on booze in four months. Oh the desperation of the hard done by rich.
Oh get a life Frankie. We've all lost people, family and close friends, but we don't all turn into alcoholics or even have £20k to blow on booze in four months. Oh the desperation of the hard done by rich. Max Ripple
  • Score: 56

2:27pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Ambo Guy says...

Publicity whore.
Publicity whore. Ambo Guy
  • Score: 44

2:55pm Sun 27 Apr 14

brightonaire says...

that poxy haircut...... he looks like a lumpy-wooled sheep
that poxy haircut...... he looks like a lumpy-wooled sheep brightonaire
  • Score: 34

3:01pm Sun 27 Apr 14

FatherTed11 says...

What a fuckjng twit. Is this story written by a fan of his and supposed to make us have sympathy for the retarded little runt?
What a fuckjng twit. Is this story written by a fan of his and supposed to make us have sympathy for the retarded little runt? FatherTed11
  • Score: 43

3:18pm Sun 27 Apr 14

firemanste says...

anything for fame,using his dead freind for publicity.i wish he would become a magician and disappear for good
anything for fame,using his dead freind for publicity.i wish he would become a magician and disappear for good firemanste
  • Score: 35

3:30pm Sun 27 Apr 14

monkeymoo says...

Using the death of his friend to try and squeeze some publicity for his new band...
What a looser!

...and by the way Frankie....
People DID go to court over the incident, and they were found NOT GUILTY by a jury.
The reason no one is behind bars, is because it was deemed as SELF DEFENSE by the kid he was trying to bully!
Using the death of his friend to try and squeeze some publicity for his new band... What a looser! ...and by the way Frankie.... People DID go to court over the incident, and they were found NOT GUILTY by a jury. The reason no one is behind bars, is because it was deemed as SELF DEFENSE by the kid he was trying to bully! monkeymoo
  • Score: 41

4:07pm Sun 27 Apr 14

NathanAdler says...

Stupid boy. No talent and looks like a p!key.
Stupid boy. No talent and looks like a p!key. NathanAdler
  • Score: 25

4:07pm Sun 27 Apr 14

NickBrt says...

Yawn, more publicity for a talentless ****.
Yawn, more publicity for a talentless ****. NickBrt
  • Score: 21

5:15pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Herbertfarquarson says...

Whoever bothered writing this story deserves a slap.
Whoever bothered writing this story deserves a slap. Herbertfarquarson
  • Score: 19

5:15pm Sun 27 Apr 14

rolivan says...

£1,250 a week on alcohol,I think he would be dead,more like hard drugs
£1,250 a week on alcohol,I think he would be dead,more like hard drugs rolivan
  • Score: 23

5:17pm Sun 27 Apr 14

DCCCCCC says...

Who? X Factor Star? Never heard of him and don't want to either. Sounds a right Wally!
Who? X Factor Star? Never heard of him and don't want to either. Sounds a right Wally! DCCCCCC
  • Score: 15

5:46pm Sun 27 Apr 14

clubrob6 says...

Not very nice comments on here,i have seen him out many times I would have appreciated a drink out of the £20000 he blew.Pull yourself together you are still young go for it.
Not very nice comments on here,i have seen him out many times I would have appreciated a drink out of the £20000 he blew.Pull yourself together you are still young go for it. clubrob6
  • Score: -19

6:59pm Sun 27 Apr 14

qm says...

brightonaire wrote:
that poxy haircut...... he looks like a lumpy-wooled sheep
That's a terrible insult against lumpy-wooled sheep . . . tsk tsk . . . . ;)
[quote][p][bold]brightonaire[/bold] wrote: that poxy haircut...... he looks like a lumpy-wooled sheep[/p][/quote]That's a terrible insult against lumpy-wooled sheep . . . tsk tsk . . . . ;) qm
  • Score: 18

10:23pm Sun 27 Apr 14

hey mongo says...

Im the first person on here to slag people off especially the green party....but how many of you has lost a best mate at a young age? Weve all lost people i have but never a good friend like that....only an unlucky few have...ive seen franky around a few times before this happened and you know what hes a good kid always got time for people and kids etc when they talk to him...yeah hes a crap singer but so what most singers are nowadays...and as far rubbish haircuts go have a look at these anti fascist mugs lol
Im the first person on here to slag people off especially the green party....but how many of you has lost a best mate at a young age? Weve all lost people i have but never a good friend like that....only an unlucky few have...ive seen franky around a few times before this happened and you know what hes a good kid always got time for people and kids etc when they talk to him...yeah hes a crap singer but so what most singers are nowadays...and as far rubbish haircuts go have a look at these anti fascist mugs lol hey mongo
  • Score: -14

12:34am Mon 28 Apr 14

whatevernext2013 says...

hey mongo wrote:
Im the first person on here to slag people off especially the green party....but how many of you has lost a best mate at a young age? Weve all lost people i have but never a good friend like that....only an unlucky few have...ive seen franky around a few times before this happened and you know what hes a good kid always got time for people and kids etc when they talk to him...yeah hes a crap singer but so what most singers are nowadays...and as far rubbish haircuts go have a look at these anti fascist mugs lol
funny he was in to drugs long before his mate died ,using someone death as a get out of jail card is low even for him
[quote][p][bold]hey mongo[/bold] wrote: Im the first person on here to slag people off especially the green party....but how many of you has lost a best mate at a young age? Weve all lost people i have but never a good friend like that....only an unlucky few have...ive seen franky around a few times before this happened and you know what hes a good kid always got time for people and kids etc when they talk to him...yeah hes a crap singer but so what most singers are nowadays...and as far rubbish haircuts go have a look at these anti fascist mugs lol[/p][/quote]funny he was in to drugs long before his mate died ,using someone death as a get out of jail card is low even for him whatevernext2013
  • Score: 8

10:19am Mon 28 Apr 14

hey mongo says...

whatevernext2013 wrote:
hey mongo wrote:
Im the first person on here to slag people off especially the green party....but how many of you has lost a best mate at a young age? Weve all lost people i have but never a good friend like that....only an unlucky few have...ive seen franky around a few times before this happened and you know what hes a good kid always got time for people and kids etc when they talk to him...yeah hes a crap singer but so what most singers are nowadays...and as far rubbish haircuts go have a look at these anti fascist mugs lol
funny he was in to drugs long before his mate died ,using someone death as a get out of jail card is low even for him
He not using it as a get out of jail card he saying he went on a big time bender...no one knew he went on a bender we only know because its in the story...its a crap story and hes a crap singer but im just saying ive met him a few times and he seems a decent kid its not like hes out stealing or beating people up..
[quote][p][bold]whatevernext2013[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hey mongo[/bold] wrote: Im the first person on here to slag people off especially the green party....but how many of you has lost a best mate at a young age? Weve all lost people i have but never a good friend like that....only an unlucky few have...ive seen franky around a few times before this happened and you know what hes a good kid always got time for people and kids etc when they talk to him...yeah hes a crap singer but so what most singers are nowadays...and as far rubbish haircuts go have a look at these anti fascist mugs lol[/p][/quote]funny he was in to drugs long before his mate died ,using someone death as a get out of jail card is low even for him[/p][/quote]He not using it as a get out of jail card he saying he went on a big time bender...no one knew he went on a bender we only know because its in the story...its a crap story and hes a crap singer but im just saying ive met him a few times and he seems a decent kid its not like hes out stealing or beating people up.. hey mongo
  • Score: -6

12:55pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Fairfax Aches says...

I prefer Jordan she well fit
I prefer Jordan she well fit Fairfax Aches
  • Score: -11

1:10pm Mon 28 Apr 14

DC Brighton says...

"...band The Telescreen (right)". They don't look very rock n' roll.
"...band The Telescreen (right)". They don't look very rock n' roll. DC Brighton
  • Score: 0

1:13pm Mon 28 Apr 14

paul76 says...

Pr!ck
Pr!ck paul76
  • Score: 3

6:29pm Mon 28 Apr 14

alandfay says...

I know the feeling Frankie, my mrs , fay isaac was murdered November 22nd 2013 and her body was left in the collonade toilets gents, 4 people were involved and I have fought for them to be charged with her murder, only last week the cps charged one 52year old with her manslaughter, it was tweeted and put on Sussex police sites with the scums name!!! But can't turn to drink as gotta fight for a severe sentence for him.... Drink won't solve it!!! Rip Fay.
I know the feeling Frankie, my mrs , fay isaac was murdered November 22nd 2013 and her body was left in the collonade toilets gents, 4 people were involved and I have fought for them to be charged with her murder, only last week the cps charged one 52year old with her manslaughter, it was tweeted and put on Sussex police sites with the scums name!!! But can't turn to drink as gotta fight for a severe sentence for him.... Drink won't solve it!!! Rip Fay. alandfay
  • Score: 3

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