Freddy’s sob story confuses this year’s Idols fans

2011-07-30 18:29

“We were robbed!” was the reaction from Idols SA fans on Twitter recently after crowd favourite Freddy Moss proved to be a “sweet ol’ middle-class lad” instead of the starving, homeless artist they thought he was.

Last year Moss (23) tugged at the nation’s heartstrings when he showed up for the Joburg auditions looking dishevelled in undersized clothing. Presenter Proverb called him “the guy wondering where his next meal might be coming from”.

While he did not get far last season, Moss has made it to the top 15 this year.

And with that comes the family and home interviews.

Viewers were puzzled when the “homeless guy” suddenly showed off his lovely home in the leafy suburb of Greenside, as well as a supportive family.

“I was stupid then. I didn’t know what I was doing with my life. I’d lost my job, couldn’t pay rent, and my friends were kind enough to take me in,” he said this week.

Last year, Moss arrived clad in a female friend’s green coat, jeans that barely reached his ankles, and told a story that moved former judge Mara Louw into giving him R100 for lunch after his audition.

“I really like this boy. I wish I could adopt you as my son. I’d like you to go and have some lunch. It’s on me,” said Louw as she handed Moss a R100 note.

But this year Moss changed his tune as the show documented his comfortable life in one of Joburg’s fine suburbs.

He has a job at a call centre – and a family.

On social networking sites, those who remembered him from the previous season were confused – and shocked – to find out he has family. Many thought he didn’t have support because he was “homeless and broke”.

“Didn’t Freddy say he didn’t have parents when he auditioned last year?” wrote someone on Twitter.

This week Moss told City Press a revised sob story: “I was a little s**t to (my parents). I couldn’t go back home at that time because I had put them through enough. They always nagged me to come home, but I had to make it on my own.”

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