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Altiyan Childs Reveals Why He Went AWOL


If you have been following the saga of why The X Factor’s contestant Altiyan Childs going AWOL well the story continues.

For those who don’t know he spent a night in a cave to get some time out from the pressure of the contest. But today he reveals more about his time out and why he did it. And it still seems to be related to his former fiancee who he had broken up with over seven years ago, but since then he has remained celibate. (See former blog post here). Maybe he just needs to get over it.

If anyone knows his former fiancee’s name or contact details can you contact me, as I am curious to know who this rock child’s Helen of Troy is.

The Daily Telegraph reports:

“It kind of hit me randomly at about 2am that I had to reconnect with part of my sadness, it’s my secret power it’s what drives me through the song and ignites that part of me, it’s got to do with sadness, I needed to go back to somewhere where I felt an intimate romantic thing with an ancient memory and it worked,” he told the show.

“I fell asleep at sunrise and my phone died.”

He also went on to say:

“I felt the need to press the reset button and remember things, to rekindle a romantic twist which has been dead for a long time,” he said after returning to the show yesterday.

“I just needed to go back to that place, an ancient friend of mine. It was not one event, but the build-up and relief at the switch in my life where I’ve been finally accepted.”

The cave, a special place for Childs and his former fiancee, called and he arrived there at 2am on Tuesday.

Their five-year engagement ended eight years ago, but the hurt remains and Childs has been celibate since.

“I was broken, a piece of me was broken and I didn’t think it was repairable. I’m not used to comfort and compliments because I have never been accepted before.

“I needed to know what to do with the contentedness and beauty of it all, and I needed that place to do it,” he said.

“I needed to reconnect myself to something romantic, something ancient, and I needed the isolation.

“I wasn’t running away from anything – I needed a place that meant something to me. Somewhere I could get reacquainted with intimacy.”

But all the spiritual stuff disappeared when he fell asleep at dawn – freaking out Keating when he failed to front for work.

“My phone died while I was asleep and I missed a whole workshop and upset people,” Childs said. “I rushed back to civilisation and I realised it was 1pm. It was bad. I had commitments at 8am and I wasn’t there”

As usual it is a bit of Altiyan speak so please interpret as you will. Unfortunately for him I think this little incident may harm his chances of longevity on the show.


1 brain dead dave { 10.21.10 at 12:35 pm }

FFS …this guy is one pallet short of a forklift.

2 Culinary Boner { 10.21.10 at 1:58 pm }

Hey Kyle, put this guy out of his misery and get one of your Kings Cross nightclub mates to organise him a root. Sure they could rustle up “something romantic, something ancient”.

3 Jaime { 10.21.10 at 5:04 pm }

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHhahahahhahahaha GOLD!!!! He is a fully fledged weirdo!!

4 bella vita { 10.21.10 at 10:16 pm }

Oh dear me….this guy is seriously troubled. I hope this show and the pressure isnt causing him more halm than good.
But then again…why does everyone know about this anyway? Surely he/seven arent that desperate for publicity?

5 kenobi { 10.21.10 at 10:56 pm }

Well, after it went on Twitter, news/gossip columns started picking up the story anyway so as tacky as it is, it’s hardly a surprise that Ch.7 is milking it for all its worth.

I’m hoping they’ll podcast Altiyan’s interview on Kyle & Jackie O (plus Ronan, sans Kyle) this morning but they haven’t posted any podcasts from this week. First thing Altiyan said was that he wasn’t having a breakdown. Also said something about isolation being healing and how he understands that people think he’s full of it but that he isn’t putting on an act.

6 scruffnkelsmum { 10.22.10 at 9:20 am }

total fruit loop, and I doubt he can handle “fame” even though he wants it……

7 minty4211 { 10.22.10 at 10:14 am }

Altyan you are a star. I was spell bound by your last 2 performances on X factor. Man !!!!!!!!!! if you need to get away and meditate and find your inner peace then go for it. Who are we to judge , remember Forrest Gump he ran and ran and ran until he found peace with his life.

8 bella vita { 10.22.10 at 1:06 pm }

You’re comparing Forrest Gump to Alytian Childs?? LOL
Are you sure you’re not Alytian in disguise?

9 NeverinDoubt { 10.25.10 at 8:22 am }

Altiyan is a TRUE artist. No ordinary person can understand him.
Hope XFactor can recongize a real artist and not a mere singer! We have millions and trillions of singers with good voices. Very few people in the world can perform and deliver like Altiyan. MJ was one.

10 shitaz { 10.25.10 at 9:38 am }

that dude went to reconnect with his old love HEROIN!
no one can deep sleep in a cave till 1pm unless they ore on HEROIN! x junkie cracked and went for “just one last hit”

11 Reality Raver { 10.25.10 at 10:07 am }

Bella Vita – Seven would have realised Altiyan is pretty vulnerable so decided to risk him.

Shitaz – oh that is a big call – there have been no stories about him being a former addict. I would have thought it would have leaked out by now.

Neverindoubt – altyian is certainly polarising.

12 De Bonis { 10.25.10 at 10:11 pm }

You call him a weirdo you can call him a junkie you can call him spiritual. The bottom line is Altiyan can sing act dance and put on a show, He gives my family fantastic entertainment. Was M.J , Prince , ship Elvis Presley Normal??? Australia like always you judge too harsh . Kylie Minogue – you claim her today since England love her but she was hopeless when she kicked off . snap out of it an get behind our best before we loose another…

13 Jenny { 10.26.10 at 7:18 pm }

This man is connected – he is a human being, not just a human doing like most robots out there in the rat race. He clearly knows himself which is more than can be said for most of us.

14 Culinary Boner { 11.01.10 at 11:54 am }

“He clearly knows himself which is more than can be said for most of us.”
In much the same way that Beavis & Butthead knew themselves when inside Mr Anderson’s campervan?

15 rocky star { 11.21.10 at 4:18 pm }

OMG – look at you all. Fighting and whinging and carrying on like a pack of wolves.

So what what he portrays a drug addict, a weirdo etc, have any of you ever sat down and spoke with the guy to actually get to know him. You havent. Well shut yourselves up then!

16 rocky star { 11.21.10 at 7:20 pm }

Gee, I wish sometimes that I had a cave I could go to. Being a single parent to four children with special needs, that cave would come in use about twice a week……

Nope not being sarcastic, but I can understand where he is coming from!

17 christa bradley { 11.22.10 at 9:44 am }

One night of isolation, wherever this place may be for meditation is good, yes it was unresponsible, and yes his phone died, but he is the type of person to take constructive critisicm, and with his sensitive nature I am sure he will not go AWOL again, without communication next time. Let us be a little more forgiving and understanding. Spending all your time training, rehearsing and a full house of people I think most mature people would be looking for somewhere quiet to reflect their feelings. I think your quirkiness is refreshing.

18 rocky star { 11.22.10 at 9:50 am }

@Christa – couldnt have put it better myself!

19 Helga { 11.23.10 at 7:54 pm }

Altiyan is a super perfomer with a fantastic voice. A humble personality & amazing mind I would rather be in his company than James bond. All you knockers are the weird & kooky ones. Altiyan feels deeply & sincerely & is happy to express his caring self, he is brilliant in expressing his thought & would make a great poet. I hope all your dreams come true Altiyan & you become as famous as you have always wanted to be. To me chilling out in a cave is perfectly normal

20 marie { 11.26.10 at 1:31 am }

vrlo dobra altiyan
you are a star and hopefully you go to yugoslavia and do a cd in your language they will love you and hopefully to find a beautiful lady over there and take your father with you, i love it over there .

21 rocky star { 11.26.10 at 6:40 am }

@Marie – what is wrong with ‘australian’ women?

22 anon { 11.26.10 at 11:25 pm }
review on Altiyans old band. scoll down to artist biography

23 Janine { 11.27.10 at 2:53 pm }

I am Altiyans ex, my name is Janine. Altiyan always called me nine for short, yes I left him, yes I did want the lime light once it was offered to me, I have a new life now tweet me if you want to know more my twitter name is AltiyansJanine

24 Reality Raver { 11.27.10 at 8:24 pm }

Janine can you email me on as I find your whole relationship intriguing.

25 Holly { 11.28.10 at 1:21 am }

Altiyan is a person like us all. we have all been sad n hurt in our lives in some ways, how about you all back the fuck off him. Altiyan has an amazing voice, he sings with feelings from his heart n soul. Sometimes we all need our time alone, our safe place, a feeling of security… if thats what Altiyan needs good on him. WHO are you all to judge others ???? Hearing him singing warms my heart n soul, if u do not like him its easy do NOT listen to him, as no-one is making u. As for judging others, maybe some of u need to grow up n look at your own lives… Well Altiyan you made me proud to see you go to xfactor n show everyone what a wondeul loving person you are. The biggest of gratzzzz on winning , u honestly deserve it, take care xxxx

26 christa bradley { 11.28.10 at 8:47 am }

Holly, couldn’t have said it better myself, life is so complex today and people have become so judgemental, I find Altiyan refreshing, sharing his emotions. We need to show more compassion and be more understanding towards individuals.

27 Holly { 12.03.10 at 5:46 am }

I thank u, Christa … yes we have no right too judge anyone, people should learn to except us for whom we are , It makes me sad to see so many in this world JUDGING others all the time. If people do not like me, then its their issue not mine, i love everyone even the sad people that get pleasure from hurting me, but my heart is big n strong so i choose to hate NO-ONE , smile, be happy , enjoy life, as its to short to waste on judging others.. send out love & u shall get love returned xxxx Take care all

28 Booklover_98 { 04.11.11 at 6:52 pm }

Well he’s definetly mad. He annoys me as everything he does is romantically romantic or intimately intimate *cough drama queen cough* . He needs to use his forklift to build a bridge and get over it.