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'American Idol' Contestant's Dad

I Was Not in Rehab

When My Son Auditioned!

2/5/2012 10:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Ethan Jones made it to Hollywood this week on "American Idol" and told a story about how his dad was in rehab -- but Todd Jones wants to clear the air ... he was not actually in rehab when his son auditioned.

Ethan explained on the show (see below) that he was in a band back in St. Louis with his dad, but pops had to leave the band to go to rehab. Steven Tyler, no stranger to addiction, even said, "I want to meet your father when he gets out." 

But Todd tells TMZ he's out of rehab for six months and couldn't be with his son at the audition because he was attending a funeral.

Jones says he'd love to take Tyler up on his offer to meet feels it would be "enlightening" to hear Tyler's experiences. 



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Kristina     

that doesnt meant he didnt leave the band TO GO to rehab. Dumbass dad. Who wants to be in a band with their parent? This ain't the Judds.

960 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

seems to me this guys dad is gonna try to use this to try and make a name for himself.

960 days ago
3.

Joao    

Yikes, that kid knows how to spin the hapless white boy, innocent me, don't you think I'm cute card... that con artist has been doing this all his fake life.

960 days ago
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malia    

OMG!!!!!! TMZ... who caress!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

960 days ago
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Schuyler Chase    

I only heard him say his dad was no longer in the band because he went to rehab...not that he was currently in rehab at the time of the audition.

960 days ago
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jujubee    

he didnt say his dad was in rehab while he was auditioning, he said his dad is no longer in the band..tmz dont start drama bc u cant find news to report
love this guy <3

960 days ago
7.

Chi    

@ Schuyler Chase and jujubee, the young lad was playing the hapless white boy card for sure. If it wasn't what he meant, he should have corrected Steven Tyler when he said "I want to meet your father when he gets out." He could have said: "Oh no sir! He's out. He's no longer in rehab". He knew what he was doing.

960 days ago
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campy    

What a big fat liar McLiar pants.

960 days ago
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VictoriaGirl    

Im sure 80% of these sob stories that these people tell them are BS.

960 days ago
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Mumra the Ever Living    

SO this is what it's come down to. TMZ posting a story that allows it's readers to make this choice. Did Dad lie or did Sonny Boy lie, and will Dad get to meet Steven TYler?

WHO CARES!!!!

960 days ago
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TMP    

Sounds like "dad" is actually kind of a tool. Using his son being on AI as a way to get his own name out there. Not only that but this kind of makes his son look like a liar that used this story to get the sympathy vote.

960 days ago
12.

static    

He already knows the first rule about making it in show business, lie cheat steal and screw over and use anyone and everyone you can.

960 days ago
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Chi    

@ Schuyler Chase and jujubee, the young lad was playing the hapless white boy card for sure. If it wasn't what he meant, he should have corrected Steven Tyler when he said "I want to meet your father when he gets out." He could have said: "Oh no sir! He's out. He's no longer in rehab". He knew what he was doing.

960 days ago
14.

Canadasux    

This post is not a story.

960 days ago
15.

Terri    

He didn't make the top 24 anyway. So this basically is a stupid thing to report on!

960 days ago
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