Mario Falcone: I've learnt my lesson

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 23 September 2014
Mario Falcone

Mario Falcone

Mario Falcone claims he's grown up a lot since being suspended from 'The Only Way Is Essex' earlier this year for drug use

Mario Falcone insists he's grown up during his break from 'The Only Way Is Essex'.

The 26-year-old star was suspended from the show earlier this year after being caught taking cocaine and although he's now returned to filming - on the Spanish party island of Ibiza for an upcoming special - he is adamant his wild days are over.

He explained: "The industry we are in and the age I am, you do things that are out of character and very immature and that is part of growing up ... It wasn't a dark place or anything like I have been in the past, it was just stupidity. It is a lesson learned."

Quizzed on what he would do if he was offered drugs in Ibiza, he added: "I will just turn a blind eye, I wouldn't respond to it."

Mario - who was previously engaged to former co-star Lucy Mecklenburgh - admitted he is hoping to find a potential girlfriend on the island as becoming an uncle has made him broody.

He continued: "I'm looking forward to experiencing the old part of the island, the nice part. I might meet a nice girl out here and take her to the nice part, you never know."

He added to the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Seriously. I never thought I would be broody because I have a godson and stuff, but it is not the same as being an uncle because he is my flesh and blood.

"My sisters and my mum are trying to push me to settle down and have all that. I think I could if I met the right girl."

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