The Canadian singer shot to fame in 2005 after winning the INXS reality TV show, but has revealed to Canada’s Entertainment Tonight that he’s now homeless, and trying to launch a solo career.
“I don’t know where I am going from sofa to sofa, from night to night. I am trying to get through my life,” he says.
“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.”
Fortune, 35 – whose real name is Jason Dean Bennison – says he kept the story from his family and friends, and admits that his departure from INXS may have had something to do with his excess drug use.
During his time with the band, he was a cocaine user. “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,” he says, adding that he’s now been off drugs for two years.
He now hopes for a comeback as a solo singer, with the release of his new album, ‘The Death of a Motivational Speaker’.
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