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10/4/16 at 12:26 PM 0 Comments

American Idol star Jason Castro publicly confesses porn addiction, puts Jesus first

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Jason Castro in "I Am Second" video

By Mark Ellis

He was one of four finalists during the 2008 season of American Idol, then the singer’s rendition of “Hallelujah” went to the number one spot on the iTunes singles chart.

But since his late teens he had been harboring an “awkward” secret: “I hate to say this. It’s embarrassing, but I was addicted to pornography,” Jason Castro declared on an “I Am Second” video.

“The show was two-and-a-half-months of intense stuff that was cool and it was easy to stay busy, but as the tour started I found myself more and more in a lonely place,” he recounted on the video.

He said he wasn’t prepared for the power and potency of the images available on the Internet. “It started out small, every now and then, but then it kept growing,” he said.

“By the time I was on this tour I was looking at stuff every day, multiple times a day.

This addiction was really bothering me, bringing me down, keeping me depressed.

I wasn’t sleeping at night. I would stay up all night.”

It was relentlessly repetitive. “I would go back to the thing, the addictive cycle. I couldn’t stop.”

Then he took a step beyond the images on his screen. “I ended up sleeping with somebody on tour. It wasn’t on the computer; it was in real life. I found myself doing something I had never even come close to with my girlfriend, my future wife,” he said.

He and Mandy Mayhall had been friends at Rowlett High School in Texas and started dating in 2008. “We hardly kissed and here I had just slept with somebody that I barely knew,” Jason said.

The secret began to eat away at him. Four months later he told Mandy the truth. “Naturally, she didn’t expect it. It brought lots of tears. I asked for her forgiveness,” he said.

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