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.