You might remember Hady Mirza as the winner of the second season of Singapore Idol. A few years ago, he announced that he was leaving showbiz and was reportedly involved in youth work in 2013, having co-founded local group FRHM Youth, an organisation that promotes Muslim education and way of life among young people.
But it appears that the former idol has fallen from grace and into trouble with the law.
The New Paper has learnt that the 38-year-old, whose real name is Muhammad Mirzahady Amir, was recently arrested for suspected drug offences.
According to sources, he was seen in the Changi Prison Complex about a month ago.
He is understood to have been caught at a land immigration checkpoint for offences involving the drug marijuana, and was later sent to the Drug Rehabilitation Centre (DRC) in the Changi Prison complex.
In January, Hady was reported to be a Grab driver, after screenshots of a customer’s booking were shared online.
He was also previously running a home-based chilli tempeh snack business under the name Tempting Trading, which he set up in 2016.
However, a business search showed that the company licence has since been cancelled, after its business registration was not renewed in May.
Further records show that he was also struck off as the director of FRHM Youth in 2014.
Hady, who captured the hearts of many music fans, had gained regional attention after winning the first Asian Idol title in 2007 following his Singapore Idol win, and the first of his two albums had gained platinum status, topping charts here.
His greatest hits include his single “You Give Me Wings” and a rendition of George Michael’s “Freedom! ’90”.
He was also nominated at least five times at the Anugerah Planet Muzik, an annual awards ceremony honouring talent in the regional Malay music industry.
A spokesman for Artiste Networks, a subsidiary of Hype Records, said it was “dismayed” when told of Hady’s situation.
“The management contract between Hady Mirza and Artiste Networks ended many years ago and we have not been in touch with Hady since then,” she said.
“During the contractual period, we have always known Hady to be a good-natured individual.”
Hady reportedly tied the knot in 2014 with Malaysian Nurjannah Nur Wahid, who is 13 years younger than him.
He also told TNP in 2016 that he was trying to start a family and wanted three or four children.
His friend, Mr Jumari Salam, 38, an aircraft technician, said he was shocked to learn of Hady’s arrest.
He said: “How come he is involved in drugs? When I last saw him about a year ago, he looked fine.”
Mr Jumari added that Hady treasured his privacy and had been staying out of the limelight and focusing on his tempeh business.
“Many of us lost contact with him, and now I feel like I need to find out more about what happened,” he said.
“It is so sad that he is no more an idol.”
Friends and relatives of Hady Mirza were kept in the dark about his recent drug arrest, with only his mother and wife aware of his secret.
They were shocked to read about the 2006 Singapore Idol winner’s trouble with the law when The New Paper broke the news yesterday.
Some relatives who spoke to TNP on condition of anonymity said they then got in touch with Hady’s mother, Madam Mardiana Ahmad, 62, who confirmed the arrest.
A female relative told TNP yesterday: “Only his mother and wife knew that he had been arrested. They didn’t tell anyone else in the family.
“When we called his mother, she told us that it was true, and reassured us that he was fine and would come out okay.”
Madam Mardiana told relatives that she did not want to speak to the media.
TNP understands that she is living in Johor Baru, Malaysia, with Hady’s wife, and they do not have plans to come to Singapore.
Hady had been spending time on both sides of the Causeway before his arrest.
When TNP visited his condominium unit in Sengkang yesterday, it appeared that no one was there.
One of his close friends in the entertainment industry said the community was still supportive of him.
She said: “He used to make mistakes in his younger days, but then in 2011, he told me he was going to turn his life around.
“I saw for myself how he made a 180-degree change, giving back to the community and putting others before himself.”
She added that the community will continue to encourage him when he comes out of DRC.
“I believe that it was in a moment of weakness that this happened, and we will encourage him and help him overcome his challenges when he comes out.”
It was previously reported that those caught for drug consumption are sent to DRC for treatment and rehabilitation.
DRC inmates can be detained for up to three years and will not have a criminal record when they are released.
Text: David Sun / The New Paper / July 2018
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