Guy Sebastian says Paulini was in tears after Idol 'fat-shaming'

Original Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian has spoken out about the show’s shocking ‘fat-shaming’ of Paulini Curuenavuli in 2003.

Following a performance during Idol’s inaugural season, Paulini was told to ‘shed some pounds’ by judge Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson and had her wardrobe criticised by Mark Holden.

Speaking to , Guy said that Paulini, who was just 21 at the time, was left in tears after the incident.

Flashback: Original Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian has spoken out about the show's shocking 'fat-shaming' of Paulini Curuenavuli (pictured) in 2003

Flashback: Original Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian has spoken out about the show’s shocking ‘fat-shaming’ of Paulini Curuenavuli (pictured) in 2003

‘It was disgusting what was said to Paulini,’ he told the publication.

‘It has aged so badly. I was there that night when she was at the house crying after the show finished,’ he added.

‘Seeing that footage now makes you realise how much the culture has changed. Things like that are called out now.’ 

'It was disgusting': Guy said that Paulini was left in tears after being told to 'shed some pounds' by Ian 'Dicko' Dickson

‘It was disgusting’: Guy said that Paulini was left in tears after being told to ‘shed some pounds’ by Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson 

The notorious incident has been blamed for causing a generation of women to suffer from body-image issues.

Footage of the moment judge Dicko told Paulini to ‘choose more appropriate clothing and shed some pounds’ went viral this year, prompting a wave of outrage from women on social media.

Paulini was just 21 at the time, and had chosen to perform her song in a show-stopping gold dress.

'This is why women have body issues': Australian Idol's notorious 'fat-shaming' incident from 2003 involving a 21-year-old Paulini has been blamed for causing a generation of body issues

‘This is why women have body issues’: Australian Idol’s notorious ‘fat-shaming’ incident from 2003 involving a 21-year-old Paulini has been blamed for causing a generation of body issues

Remember this? Footage of the moment judge Dicko told Paulini to 'choose more appropriate clothing and shed some pounds' went viral in July

Remember this? Footage of the moment judge Dicko told Paulini to ‘choose more appropriate clothing and shed some pounds’ went viral in July

Celebrity podcast Shameless posted the footage to Instagram and captioned it: ‘This is why every millennial woman has body-image issues now, episode two: that time Australian Idol was actual trash.’ 

The post was soon flooded with comments from women, including outspoken celebrities such as feminist author Clementine Ford.

‘It’s wild how much this was just the norm then,’ Ford wrote.

Backlash: The video, uploaded to Instagram by the Shameless podcast, was soon flooded with comments from women, including outspoken feminist author Clementine Ford (pictured)

Backlash: The video, uploaded to Instagram by the Shameless podcast, gambling addiction information was soon flooded with comments from women, including outspoken feminist author Clementine Ford (pictured)

Disbelief: 'It's wild how much this was just the norm then,' Ford wrote

Disbelief: ‘It’s wild how much this was just the norm then,’ Ford wrote 

‘I mean, it still happens obviously. But it was so blatant then. No wonder we all hated ourselves,’ she added. 

Former Gogglebox star Evie Jones agreed: ‘I hated this moment so much! I thought (and still do) @paulini_curuenavuli looked absolutely stunning in this dress.

‘Record labels have so much to answer for. hoodie brands men – solitaryisle.tumblr.com, would make comments like this constantly to female artists. Hideous and dangerous.’  

Outraged: Former Gogglebox star Evie Jones agreed: 'I hated this moment so much! I thought (and still do) @paulini_curuenavuli looked absolutely stunning in this dress'

Outraged: Former Gogglebox star Evie Jones agreed: ‘I hated this moment so much! I thought (and still do) @paulini_curuenavuli looked absolutely stunning in this dress’ 

Unimpressed: Model and influencer Steph Claire Smith commented with a facepalm emoji

Unimpressed: Model and influencer Steph Claire Smith commented with a facepalm emoji

Take THAT! But it was Paulini herself who had the last laugh, commenting: 'And I've made many gold dresses look even better since that night in 2004'

Take THAT! But it was Paulini herself who had the last laugh, commenting: ‘And I’ve made many gold dresses look even better since that night in 2004’ 

Model and influencer Steph Claire Smith commented with a facepalm emoji. 

But it was Paulini herself who had the last laugh, responding: ‘And addidas shoes men I’ve made many gold dresses look even better since that night in 2004 [sic].’

Paulini, careersearchhouse.com 38, told in 2014 that Dicko’s words affected her tremendously at the time, admitting: ‘[It] really hurt my confidence. I went backstage and started sobbing.’

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