Singer Guy Sebastian became the target of music industry bullying after he won the first "Australian Idol" in 2003 - his chart peers "tore shreds" off him at the annual Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Awards. The 29 year old admits he'll never forget the taunts he received at the awards ceremony shortly after he won the reality show - because they were from other music stars.
He says, ''I remember there was a couple of bands that were huge at the time and they completely tore shreds off me, even on the red carpet. Oh my gosh there was one dude, who I swear backstage, I actually kind of scared this guy - He was coming up to me all through the red carpet and saying, 'Oh, you no-talent hack' or 'Should I bend over now for you, you f**got' - I mean it was full-on."
And Sebastian reveals he lost his temper when his verbal attacker turned on his wife Jules. He adds, ''(The musician) was taunting me the whole way down the red carpet and through the night as well. And then he said something to Jules as well and it kind of tipped me over the edge. Yeah, that was my early experience of the ARIAs, there was just a lot of attitude - it actually wasn't that pleasant."