Jo Macarthur
Monday, March 7, 2016 - 15:06

Australian Idol star's drug battle


She claimed the title of Australian Idol in 2007 but soon after things started spiralling out of control for Natalie Gauci.

Natalie managed to beat out Matt Corby in the final but soon after things took a turn for the worse.

She’s revealed to New Idea that she stepped out of the limelight soon after the win as she battled drugs and attempted to repair things with her family.

“I took a lot of drugs and became paranoid.

“After that whirlwind I felt really detached... I wasn't being heard… I felt so alone.”

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Nat’s also revealed her marriage broke down as she tried to keep her 15 minutes of fame going after the Australian Idol momentum slowed.

After picking up and moving to Europe she was offered a management deal but says greedy music managers exploited her and she was knocked back down again.

The good news is that she’s picked herself up… ditching the booze and drugs and getting into meditation instead.

She’s even got a new name.. stage name that is.. Nellie Bell and she’ll be releasing her new EP Free Falling very soon.

We've got a sneak peak of one of her songs.. check it out below.

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