American Idol Season 8 contestant Megan Joy (formerly known as Megan Joy Corkrey) was known for being a bit flighty. Now, as it turns out, there may have been a reason. The gorgeous songstress recently revealed to Popdust that she was struggling with alcohol addiction during her run on the hit competition show.

“The night of the finale, after the show, my aunt and uncle showed up. They were kind of my party friends at the time. I got completely wasted immediately after the show and blacked out,” Megan admitted. “I’ve been told I talked to so many celebrities, and I had a ten minute conversation with Simon Cowell. Basically, it haunted me for years.”

The conversation with Simon is particularly interesting when one considers her somewhat controversial exit from the show. After a harsh critique from Simon during which he called her Top 9 performance “boring” and “indulgent,” she said, “I love you, Simon, but I don’t care.” Not one to let that kind of thing go, Simon later refused to use his judges save on her, saying, "Megan, with the greatest respect, when you said that you don't care, nor do we... This is your swan song. Enjoy it."

We’re guessing she had some colorful words for Simon later at the party, but fortunately Megan saw the error of her ways. Although she says the addiction wasn’t to the point where people would have thought she needed rehab during the show, she still felt that night might have caused damage to her reputation.

“At the end, [the execs] were probably like, ‘Oh geez, this girl is crazy. We probably shouldn’t sign her to Jive,’” she explains. “It was more self-damaging than anything, though. I felt really guilty, because I knew I wasn’t in control of my stability at the time.”

Not only did she need to get her act together for the sake of her child (now 7-year-old son, Ryder), but she also said the alcohol “stunted her creativity.”

After becoming sober, she used her journal as a place to “open up free from substance.” She also met her husband, Quinn Allman (aka the lead guitarist for alt-rock band The Used), who helped her find “serious stability.”

In a rather controversial statement, though, the singer said she has tested her will power and has decided she can drink “occasionally,” but not to the point where she gets “wasted.”

Her most recent album, Free to Fly, captures all of her struggles and her ability to come out ahead. In fact, she says it’s “fun, positive, about self empowerment, overcoming hard times and just trying to find some happiness.”

Do you remember Megan? What do you think of this revelation? Sound off in the comments!

Source: Popdust