Mario Falcone On Towie Return: I Was Stupid, Arrogant
Scripted reality show star welcomed back into fold following 'cocaine snorting'...
Mario Falcone has been through the wringer after an alleged drugs scandal led to his sitting out a series of The Only Way Is Essex.
And now the 26-year-old is back for the new series of the popular ITV show, which is kicking off with a trip to, erm, the notorious party island of Ibiza.
But Maz reckons he'll be on his best behaviour - confessing that he was "arrogant" and "stupid" before.
Insisting that he couldn't discuss that video in detail, he told Digital Spy that the show's producers had been "really supportive".
"I think actions speak louder than words, and I think they could see that I was in a much better place and I was ready to come back," he explained.
"My attitude towards the show had changed as well."
He claimed that he'd done a bit of growing up since his enforced spell in the wilderness.
"In the industry we're in and at the age I'm at, you do things that are out of character and very immature and it's part of growing up. I wouldn't say it was a dark place or anything like that where I've been in the past - it was just stupidity.
"But it's a lesson learned. I think in life you get sent these things and you can either let it break you or you can let it make you stronger, and I believe it's made me stronger."
He also suggested that his break from the show had left him more hungry and not taking it for granted.
"I'd done the show for three years, so I think my attitude towards the show had become a little lacklustre," he confessed.
"I became a bit arrogant with it all and I think I needed a reminder that I am very fortunate to be in the situation I'm in and very lucky to be part of the show.
"I think I've got more energy now towards it. I've done a lot on the show - I've been engaged, I broke up with a girl I was with for two years. So it was easy to then all of a sudden feel a bit resentful. But now I'm excited about it again, especially being in Ibiza. We've never done this on the show before, so it's quite nice to come back to something new - as well as it being on ITVBe."
The Only Way Is Ibiza will be broadcast as part of the launch night for new channel ITVbe on 8 October.