Michelle Heaton has bravely opened up about how her addiction to cocaine and alcohol cost her a string of potential jobs at a time she needed them the most.
The Liberty X star, 41, admits that her family was struggling financially because of lockdown and her lack of job opportunities.
However, the mother-of-two confessed she was seen as “unreliable” in the showbiz industry as she battled the addictions and stared death in the face.
Michelle had been downing up to two bottles of wine and a bottle of vodka on an almost daily basis since 2018.
She also revealed that she was regularly snorting cocaine.
The singer described how her addictions had started to become common knowledge in showbiz and suddenly the opportunities were vanishing.
“I was becoming unreliable,” she admitted to The Sun. “I was late. I lost jobs I was in the running for.”
After Liberty X folded, Michelle had tried her hand in other showbiz avenue.
She began writing and working on TV shows such as ITV’s Lorraine. But her behaviour was causing issues.
Michelle admits that her addiction and love of alcohol was like “having an affair”.
“I wasn’t having an affair, but I was in love with alcohol,” she said. “There’s the sneaking around, the lies. It’s protection of your addiction.”
However, she is adamant that her problems won’t lead her to a life of self pity.
And she now insists she feels “like the most lucky woman” as she is still alive to tell her tale.
Michelle confessed that part of the reason she was still here was thanks to some of her showbiz pals, including Katie Price, who paid for a four-week stint in The Priory for rehab.
During rehab, staff at The Priory reportedly feared for her life and the singer says she was just days away from dying.
The centre’s therapists delivered a stark warning to her after making a harrowing discovery about the damage the drugs and booze had conflicted on her liver.
She described how she had been told that a healthy level of enzyme GGT in the blood was 30 or less.
This reveals how damaged someone’s liver is but her own liver stood astonishingly at 2,500.
And she continued to tell how shocked staff had never seen someone’s count as high.
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