Former Liberty X star Michelle Heaton has opened up about recently overcoming her three-year struggle with alcohol and drug addiction.
In a new interview with The Sun, the singer reflected on her substance abuse battle and how it affected her family. She bravely shared that her husband Hugh Hanley, with whom she has a daughter and a son, was forced to act like "a single partner" for much of the three-year period.
"I felt like a bad mother — the worst," Heaton told the publication. "I'm so lucky I've got two beautiful children. They just want to see Mummy well and they want to have fun Mummy.
"They want me to play football with them, they want me to do their hair. It was those simple things that I wasn't able to give them."
Heaton went on to say that she still can't believe Hanley stuck by her, admitting that she wouldn't have done the same if she had been in his position. She also talked about how her secrecy over what she'd been consuming led to him assuming that she'd been unfaithful, which affected their marriage.
“My husband wondered if I'd be alive when he woke up. I wasn't having an affair, but I was in love with alcohol. Yet he stood by me the whole time," the 41-year-old explained. "I wouldn't have stayed with me, I don't know how he's still there. If he had left it would have been the tipping point for me."
Lastly, Heaton went on to add that reality star Katie Price was instrumental in her recovery, rallying some of Heaton's closest family and friends together to pay for her four-week stay at a top-notch rehabilitation centre.
"I texted Katie while I was in The Priory, 'You saved my life'. Because The Priory did save my life," she remembered. "What I was doing was a suicide mission.
"I never actually thought, 'I want to kill myself', but ultimately I was killing myself. I was crying out for help when I couldn't actually ask for help. But when you're an addict, it feels like there's no way out."
Alcohol Change UK offers information, advice and support with their questions about drinking and the problems that can sometimes be caused by alcohol. For more information, visit Alcohol Change UK's website. Drinkline also offers free, confidential advice to anyone who is concerned about their own or someone else's drinking on 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am–8pm, weekends 11am–4pm).
Readers can also contact Drinkaware.
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