But X Factor finalist Matt Cardle was not charged

X Factor finalist Matt Cardle was once arrested on suspicion of possessing illegal drugs.

The painter/decorator was taken into custody when police found cocaine in his car.

But the class-A powder belonged to someone else and Matt, 27, was never charged. 

X Factor bosses say they’ve always known about the mix-up.

‘Because Matt wasn’t charged there was no need for him to discuss it,’ a spokesman tells the News Of The World.

‘He’s older than most of the contestants and has lived a little but he’s on the straight and narrow now.’

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