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The 27-year-old admitted caving in to temptation after regularly being offered drugs in the wake of his TV triumph.
Jack’s girlfriend Dani has warned him never to take it again after he told her he went on a drugs binge.
But the 27-year-old said he is dreading telling her father, Eastenders hardman Danny Dyer, adding: “I’m sure most dads would take a dim view of it.
“I’ve made a mistake and I’m sorry for it and that’s the truth.”
Jack shot to fame on last year’s Love Island — eventually winning it alongside Dani, 23.
Seven months on, he said he has struggled to resist dangerous elements of the showbiz scene worlds away from his former life as a stationery salesman.
He told how his new-found fame means he is regularly offered illegal substances while drunk on free booze.
And Jack admits he caved in to temptation after an all-night “blowout” last Saturday.
He had been knocking back booze until the early hours at a club with pals, including fellow Love Island stars Adam Collard and Sam Bird.
The group, which also included Diversity dancer Sam Craske and model Brittany Archer, then went back to a nearby hotel in Maidstone, Kent.
Jack admits he snorted cocaine there in the early hours of the morning — but puts it down to a “terrible, terrible error”.
He explained: “I’m in a new world of partying and stuff, and being in circles that I would never normally have been in.
“I’d never normally be in these situations but, yes, since winning the show I have been offered cocaine a lot.
“But I went out all night, I was drinking and I just got carried away and made a stupid, stupid mistake which I wish I’d never done, you know. I regret it.”
The reality star, who last month hosted live coverage from the National Television Awards, insists he will never take the Class A drug again.
He went on: “In the past I would never have found myself in a club where everyone wants to be your friend – but obviously they’re not really your friends at all.
“Before I couldn’t really afford to go out and drink all night with how expensive it is.
“But all of a sudden I’m being offered free drinks the whole night, getting more drunk than I ever would have been before and I’ve gone along with it.
"That night it was a complete error in judgment. It’s a silly thing to do, it’s not something I’ve made a habit of. I mean, what an idiot.
“It’s not a reflection of my character, but I’ve had a blowout. It was a lapse in judgment, but it’s not something that I’ll ever do again.”
The star has become a household name after last year’s triumph, landing himself a string of lucrative endorsement deals with brands including McDonald’s and Protein World.
He and Dani also bagged their own fly-on-the-wall TV documentary charting the ups and downs of their relationship. It saw them briefly announce their split last year before reconciling.
Jack is also set to appear in ITV’s upcoming series The Real Full Monty. And he admitted his partying could put his future career prospects at risk.
He added: “This has made me think, and I’ve realised now especially how much I’ve actually got to lose.
“I’ve been working hard for the stuff that I’ve been doing so far. I never want to mess that up, ever.
“I’ve been so grateful to even get in this position anyway.
"All the hard work I’ve done to get into this position I’d never want to mess that up with just one silly lapse of judgment.”
Jack came clean to girlfriend Dani about his drug use yesterday — and revealed she was unimpressed but has vowed to support him.
He said: “I’ve told Dani, and obviously she doesn’t agree with anything like that at all.
“She doesn’t like all that. But obviously she’ll always support me. She said, ‘I’ll always support you, you made a mistake, we all make mistakes, but don’t ever do it again’.
“I don’t want to bring her into it, I’ve had a conversation with her and it’s not fair on her.”
And he adds that her dad, 41, is likely to take “a dim view” of it – despite a history of drug abuse himself and previous calls for cocaine to be made legal.
He said: “It will never happen again but I’m pretty sure any parent would take the same view on it.”
Jack says he is now a “role model” to millions of Love Island fans — and he urged youngsters to avoid temptation themselves.
He explained: “I’d say I’ve made a mistake and now I’ve got to deal with it. That was my mistake, but don’t do it. Nothing good ever comes from it.”
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