Remember that Aussie kid who threw a massive party while his parents were away? The dude in yellow sunglasses who then told the world he didn’t give a damn? Well, he’s back.
Lauded as the party thrower like no party thrower before him, 16-year-old Corey Worthington “went viral” before the cool kids Down Under knew what viral was.
Worthington hosted a party in 2008 at his parent’s house in Melbourne, Australia, that got totally out of control after he put an invite on MySpace and 500 party animals turned up. It ended with guests smashing cars and destroying neighbour’s property before the police shut it down using the riot squad, helicopters and the dog squad.
All teenage attitude, inappropriate nipples and obnoxiousness, Worthington was interviewed at the time by A Current Affair reporter Leila McKinnon, who scolded the teen and told him to “take off his glasses and apologise” to Australia.
“I’ll say sorry but I’m not taking off my glasses … cause they’re famous,” Worthington retorted, before telling other kids who are considering throwing a party to “get me to do it for you.” When McKinnon told Worthington he needed to go and take a good, hard look at himself, he responded: “I have, everybody has, they love it.”
They loved it so much, Worthington (also known by the last name Delaney) was rumoured to be the inspiration behind the movie sensation Project X, which also depicted an out-of-control party.
It has been seven years since those wild days, and McKinnon sat down again with the party favourite in an A Current Affair segment airing on Thursday night local time.
After milking the life out of his meme fame, Worthington is now attempting to set up a business called Not Sorry Entertainment and live a new, normal life with a flashy new home, a fiancee and a dog.
Worthington tells McKinnon on the program he still has the yellow shades. “I will never let it go. I was 16, had fun and yeah, I always will have the yellow sunnies close to heart,” he said.
Worthington, who now sports a massive neck tattoo, used his 15 minutes of fame in 2008 to get on the reality show Big Brother before trying, unsuccessfully, to launch a career in the U.S.
“Yes there was a lot of up and down times with it all, but like I said 16 turning 17 it was a lot of fun I guess for someone that age,” he says, “Getting cameras thrown at your face, money left right and centre, it was, yeah, a big enjoyment, I sort of just took the ride and just enjoyed it really.”
Seven years on, he seems to be still enjoying his 15 minutes of fame. Sans sunglasses.