Home and Away heartthrob was in a ‘downward spiral’ ahead of the meth charge

EXCLUSIVE: The troubled Sign Home and Away palpitations were in a ‘downward spiral’ after being abruptly ‘cut off’ by the career-defining soap – before being reportedly arrested with ice and pills

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Friends feared former Home and Away star Orpheus Pledger was in a “downward spiral” before being charged with possession of methamphetamine – the deadly drug ice cream.

Pledger, a chiseled Adonis on the outside, is said to have set off alarm bells late last year when he filmed The All New Monty: Guys & Gals on Channel 7 in Sydney.

A glorified comic show, Pledger seemed to enjoy his time donning his gear in front of the camera for his adoring fans.

Pledger’s Home and Away character Mason Morgan (left) was killed in the 2019 season finale. He was busted by uniformed police allegedly in possession of meth.

Home and Away star Orpheus Pledger appeared in Channel 7's The All New Monty: Guys & Gals last year

Home and Away star Orpheus Pledger appeared in Channel 7’s The All New Monty: Guys & Gals last year

Pledger retired from Home And Away in 2019 after deciding he wanted to pursue a career in music.  He is pictured here with his former co-star Olivia Deeble

Pledger retired from Home And Away in 2019 after deciding he wanted to pursue a career in music. He is pictured here with his former co-star Olivia Deeble

His Home And Away character had been murdered in 2019 and Covid had seen Pledger reinvent himself as an Instagram star and part-time music producer.

In October, he made headlines when he announced a new love interest and Pledger was reportedly “the happiest” he’d been in a long time.

But last month, the 28-year-old raised eyebrows when he revealed a lot more than he bargained for while filming himself in the shower.

Pledger briefly showed his manhood in the raunchy clip.

He had shown his jacked-up physique before stepping out naked and preening in front of the bathroom mirror.

Though he was derided at the time as a playful mishap, Daily Mail Australia has been told that those closest to Pledger were deeply concerned for his well-being.

On Wednesday, Pledger appeared before the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on two counts of drug possession.

Police had arrested him on Feb. 19 in Prahran – just outside Melbourne’s CBD – where he was reportedly found with just over half a gram of meth and 30 tablets of diazepam.

Pledger appeared in court via video link with his cat

Pledger appeared in court via video link with his cat

Pledger in Channel 7's The All New Monty: Guys & Gals

Pledger in Channel 7’s The All New Monty: Guys & Gals

LIFE AND TIMES OF HOME AND AWAY HUNK

2002: Pledger, age 8, starred in the short film Lamb.

2004: Appears in the science fiction children’s series Silversun.

2011: Pledger joined the cast of Neighbors as college student Noah Parkin in a recurring role.

2014: Pledger appeared in the Nine Network television movie Schapelle – about the life of drug runner Schapelle Corby.

2015: Pledger joins Home and Away as Mason Morgan.

2019: His character is murdered and he announces a new career in music.

He asked the magistrate to be “gentle” to him during a bizarre court appearance in which he sucks from a vape and strokes a black cat.

A source close to Pledger, who wishes to remain anonymous, told Daily Mail Australia this week that the actor has struggled since leaving Home And Away in 2019.

“Orpheus has been practicing this problematic behavior for some time, ever since he moved back to Melbourne after his character was killed,” the source said.

This increasingly unpredictable and worrying behavior continued with his divorce from his partner late last year, sources said.

Pledger had appeared in court before Magistrate Hugh Radford via a video link from his living room – over Victoria’s lingering Covid-19 threat.

Dressed in a black T-shirt and wearing dark glasses, Pledger’s cat was seen wandering by as he asked for his case to be adjourned so he could seek legal advice.

Pledger disputed the details of his alleged offense being released to the media.

“Well, since I don’t have a lawyer present, I’d like to keep things out of the media until the case is resolved,” he told the magistrate.

Sources claim they've been concerned about Pledger since his character was killed in 2019

Sources claim they’ve been concerned about Pledger since his character was killed in 2019

‘That may be your wish,’ Mr Radford replied, ‘but the problem is… if we were in normal times, the media has every right to sit in the back of the court… so I don’t believe I would they can prevent getting at least a copy of the charges.”

A despondent Pledger reluctantly took the magistrate’s call, before begging for mercy.

“Be gentle, Your Honor,” he said.

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