2010 X Factor champion Altiyan Childs has split from Sony Music.
The latest chapter in a troubled music career follows him pleading guilty to a charge of driving under the influence of drugs.
A Sony spokesperson told News Limited, “He wanted to move in another direction and the decision was mutual. We wish him all the best.”
Yesterday he told Austereo’s Kyle and Jackie O yesterday, “I had fun. I’ll probably do it again in three months”.
He also hit out at X Factor mentor Ronan Keating.
“As soon as it got a little negative, he chose his mind over his heart, his reputation was much too important for him and god love him for it, he did what he was supposed to do,” Childs said.
“I had fans sending me money through the mail…my supposed mentor just never called, never gave a damn, never offered to help me out in any way.”
On his Facebook page he also announced a book to follow:
“i want you to be the first to know that my relationship with Sony Music has ended. i would like to now announce that my book, “Altiyan & Goliath” will soon be released. There i will finally share with you my deepest truths, and shed my skin. the new album, “TwentyTwelve”, is to follow.”
Childs is currently managing his own career.