“A bag of [white substance] fell out of Michael’s pocket on set,” the well-placed spy told the outlet. "He was at the pool when it dropped out of his dressing gown and they had to send him away to a third-party counsellor to get help.”
According to the publication's source, many of Michael's co-stars were attuned to the way he acted behind closed doors. To make matters more confusing, his beautiful bride Stacey— who is a mother to two young children— was informed of the incident and chose to look the other way.
“Stacey knew all of this and she was the one saying Hayley was such a bad person… Why would you hang around with someone and keep this relationship and marriage going if you knew they had this lifestyle? She knows what a party boy he is," New Idea's source added.
Of course, Nine have a strict policy when it comes to their contestants' well-being.
The network’s official statement is as follows: “Nine takes its obligations in respect to the health and wellbeing of the participants of this program extremely seriously. All participants have access to the show psychologist during filming, during broadcast and once the program has ended.
“Nine has arranged an additional service for participants should they like or need further individual and confidential psychological support. This service gives participants access to psychologists who have been specifically engaged to support those involved in the program in relation to their experiences. This service is a dedicated helpline from which participants can also arrange face to face sessions and is an ongoing service available to them all after the series has ended.”
While Michael is yet to speak out about the alleged incident, the insider claims he told his MAFS cohort this behaviour wasn't out of the ordinary.
“He said, 'This is how [I] acted beforehand.' What he is doing now… you are seeing the “real Michael”. I don’t believe he is any worse than what he was before the show.”
Fears for the star's health have amplified in recent weeks with even his wife Stacey voicing her concern. On Saturday evening, she accused her now estranged television husband of using drugs after a worrying video emerged from one of his many rowdy nights out.
The clip, which was posted to the popular Instagram page, MAFS Funny, showed Michael slamming the soon-to-be lawyer in yet another alcohol-driven rant.
"Having a couple quiet ones at the bar. Who do I bump into? This gorgeous girl. Giddy up. Oi! Every Bond film needs a villain. Ladies and gentlemen, here he is! Suck your heart out," an intoxicated Michael said, sticking the finger up to the camera.
He captioned the blurry video: "Sorry STacie."
“This dude loves coke more than any chick," one user replied to the Instagram post while another added: "High as a f***ing kite. What a mess. Look at that mouth go... Not just drunk.”
A different user quipped: "A true catch right there... someone take the crack pipe away ASAP. This behaviour is really embarrassing."
"It wasn’t just one kiss," the 32-year-old said on A Current Affair last Thursday evening. "It wasn’t this big in-depth thing. I walked into a room. He had his Tommy Hilfiger top on walking around like the alpha male that he thinks he is. And we macked on.”
"We went from chair to chair to chair. We went out. Kissed. It wasn’t just one kiss. It was happening for the night."
Hayley also told WHO Online that Michael was the one to instigate the kiss, claiming he also tried to hook up with fellow bride Vanessa Romito.
"He was just being a boisterous boy thinking he was some macho man. I actually think he is a weasely salesman."
She continued: "He has an answer for everything. I don't think he has depth or substance and I don't get along with people who can't own their truth."