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The X Factor Australia’s Reece Mastin looks unrecognisable today

He won The X Factor Australia back in 2011.

And from his recent Instagram photos, Reece Mastin looks worlds away from his TV debut as a fresh-faced pop star.

Having morphed into a bonafide rock artist in recent years, the 25-year-old now sports a rugged beard and a far more urban style. 

Now: Reece is pictured on Instagram on May 29

Now: Reece is pictured on Instagram on May 29

Back then: Reece is pictured in October 2012

Back then: Reece is pictured in October 2012

New look: The X Factor Australia’s Reece Mastin, 25, looks unrecognisable in recent photos, as he shows off a rugged new look… nine years after his debut as a fresh-faced pop star. Pictured on the left on May 29 and on the right in October 2012

A photo shared to Instagram on May 29 saw Reece wearing a roomy black sweater, matching beanie and trendy tortoiseshell reading glasses.

He showed off a scruffy beard and nose ring, adding to his rock star look.

Another picture posted to the site on April 24 saw Reece in a casual black T-shirt and cap, and a slightly longer beard.

Both photos are in contrast to his time on The X Factor Australia, where he debuted as a more fresh-faced, clean-cut star, with pop ambitions. 

Urban style: Another photo (pictured) shared to Instagram on April 24 saw Reece in a casual black T-shirt and cap, and a slightly longer beard

Urban style: Another photo (pictured) shared to Instagram on April 24 saw Reece in a casual black T-shirt and cap, and a slightly longer beard

Urban style: Another photo (pictured) shared to Instagram on April 24 saw Reece in a casual black T-shirt and cap, and a slightly longer beard 

Reece admitted to The Advertiser back in March 2018 that he struggled with bouts of depression after winning the series.   

‘It’s hard when you’re in the public view, you’ve got to put on this happy persona, you don’t want to pick up the phone and talk to someone but you’re miserable as all f***ing hell,’ he told the publication.

Admitting that he didn’t even think about depression as a teenager, Reece added that he sought therapy which had been a great help.

Back then: Both photos are in contrast to his time on The X Factor Australia (pictured in 2011), where he debuted as a more fresh-faced, clean-cut star, with pop ambitions

Back then: Both photos are in contrast to his time on The X Factor Australia (pictured in 2011), where he debuted as a more fresh-faced, clean-cut star, with pop ambitions

Back then: Both photos are in contrast to his time on The X Factor Australia (pictured in 2011), where he debuted as a more fresh-faced, clean-cut star, with pop ambitions 

‘It got to the point, the more I was spending time with myself or trying to get to know myself, the more I didn’t like what I was seeing in the mirror.’

Reece has released two rock records since his 2011 win, and says he now feels his ‘true self’ as an independent rocker.

Referring to his track The River, released in March, he told Good Call Live: ‘I’m in such a good place personally and professionally now.

Journey: Reece previously confessed to struggling with depression after his time on the show, and now feels like his 'true self' as an independent rocker. Pictured in August 2012

Journey: Reece previously confessed to struggling with depression after his time on the show, and now feels like his 'true self' as an independent rocker. Pictured in August 2012

Journey: Reece previously confessed to struggling with depression after his time on the show, and now feels like his ‘true self’ as an independent rocker. Pictured in August 2012

‘This song is important for me to share as it marks the end of that tough transition from manufactured pop-star to independent rocker, where I finally feel my true self.

‘I kind of did my career in reverse, starting with a record deal, instant fame and a career that was out of my control, to now being totally independent and responsible for every facet of my career, and I’m loving it!’

If you are struggling with mental health, please call Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 or Lifeline on 13 11 14. 

Career: 'I kind of did my career in reverse, starting with a record deal, instant fame and a career that was out of my control, to now being totally independent and responsible for every facet of my career,' he told Good Call Live in March. Pictured in November 2011

Career: 'I kind of did my career in reverse, starting with a record deal, instant fame and a career that was out of my control, to now being totally independent and responsible for every facet of my career,' he told Good Call Live in March. Pictured in November 2011

Career: ‘I kind of did my career in reverse, starting with a record deal, instant fame and a career that was out of my control, to now being totally independent and responsible for every facet of my career,’ he told Good Call Live in March. Pictured in November 2011

Source: Daily Mail

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