In 2017, Paulini Curuenavuli made front page news.
The singer, who launched to fame on the very first season of Australian Idol, was handed a six-month suspended sentence after she paid $850 to a Roads and Maritime Services employee for a fake NSW driver's licence, despite not being qualified to get behind the wheel.
It's a time that Paulini remembers as "soul-breaking".
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"I did something really silly. I bribed a government official... I bought a fake licence," the 38-year-old told her fellow contestants on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!
"I was on my Ls... And I just didn’t want to wait, so I bought a licence. It was soul-breaking and spirit-breaking because I was thinking about my family and how I made my family look, how I made myself look," she continued.
"I just made a really bad decision and I absolutely regret it. So I got a criminal record.
"I got a massive fine. I lost work, like, that whole year after."
When news broke about the incident, Paulini was working on the Australian production of The Bodyguard.
"The worst thing was... I’d just finished a show in Brisbane. I remember it clearly," she recalled.
"I was walking back to my hotel, and I got the phone call. They said, 'Just letting you know, you’re on the front page of the paper tomorrow,'" she continued.
"It’s hard to make a mistake for someone who’s in the public eye because people are watching. You’ve got to keep going. You can’t let this break you. And that’s pretty much what I did. All of my gigs after The Bodyguard – all cancelled."
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Childhood, early career, and schoolyard bullying.
Paulini Curuenavuli was born in Suva, Fiji, on October 15, 1982.