Michelle Heaton already emotional about special Christmas after addiction battle

By Hana Carter

Michelle Heaton welled up at the thought of spending Christmas with her children this year.

The Liberty X singer recalled the painful memory of how a three-year drink and cocaine binge nearly killed her.

However, this year the-mum-of-two will spend the festive period with her kids in their new home.

"We're celebrating Christmas early,” Michelle told The Sun at Christmas Wonderland Lakeside.

"Christmas will be extra special this year, for many reasons."

After she was asked about her health battle, she said: "I’m doing really good. Thank you, you’re making me well up.”

Michelle had been drinking two bottles of wine and a bottle of vodka nearly every day and snorted cocaine.

It wasn't until she went to rehab that she realised just how severe her addiction problem was.

Michelle said: “There was a moment when I said, ‘I’m not going’. My best friend kicked off at me and said, ‘Michelle — you’re dying’.

“It was a joint effort from all my very dear friends who wanted me to live.”

She shot to fame on ITV's Popstars in 2000, which resulted in the forming of Liberty X a year later.

After the band split in 2007 she turned to writing and took TV work.

But in 2012 she discovered that she was a carrier of the mutated BRCA2 gene, meaning she had an 85 per cent risk of breast cancer and up to a 40 per cent risk of ovarian cancer.

She made the agonising decision to have a double mastectomy in 2012 and a hysterectomy in 2014.

The operation sent her into early menopause and she struggled to come to terms with the loss of her female organs.

"The hysterectomy plunged me into early menopause. On paper I’m not recognised as a woman, I have no womanly organs."

She claims that she was only saved from her addictions by showbiz pals including Katie Price.

Michelle praises the 12 step recovery process that saved her life (Instagram)

Katie and other friends talked Michelle into booking herself into The Priory as well as paying for her to have a four-week stay.

Breaking down in tears, she said: “I texted Katie while I was in The Priory, ‘You saved my life’. Because The Priory did save my life.

“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.”


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