‘I’ve been given a second chance at life’: Michelle Heaton is hugged by her family after three-day cocaine and alcohol binge led her to being ‘close to death’ and her husband was left to raise kids as a ‘single parent’
- Michelle, 41, was told by a therapist at The Priory that she ‘might not make it’
- The singer told how an intervention by Katie Price resulted in her checking in
- Michelle revealed she had been drinking two bottles of wine and a bottle of vodka ‘virtually every day since 2018’
- Michelle also told how she embarked on a ‘three day coke binge’ that saw her consuming a gram of cocaine a night
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Michelle Heaton has shared a picture of herself being hugged by her supportive family after detailing her rehab stint following a drug and alcohol addiction.
Admitting she had been left ‘close to death’ following a three-day binge and revealing her husband Hugh Hanley had to raise their children Faith, nine, and AJ, seven, alone, Michelle appeared to be doing much better now.
Taking to Instagram on Monday, the Liberty X star, 41, candidly wrote: ‘6 days ago .. on the steps of the @priorygroup.
Support: Michelle Heaton shared a picture of herself being hugged by her supportive family on Instagram on Monday after detailing her rehab stint following a drug and alcohol addiction
‘Faith & AJ you are my world. I’ve been given a second chance at life and I know I’m lucky to have that.
‘I’m overwhelmed with all the support and messages I’ve received when I was in rehab and since I’ve been out.
‘Thank you to my family, friends, people I’ve met – and not met. It really does mean a lot. X’
The doting mum beamed a smile as she reunited with her family, holding onto her son while looking at her daughter in the sweet embrace.
Michelle previously revealed she was ‘days from death’ when she entered the rehab facility earlier this year, and was told by a therapist that she ‘might not make it’.
The star has also told how an intervention led by her pal Katie Price resulted in her checking herself into the facility.
Brave: The singer, 41, has frankly discussed the drug and alcohol addiction that led to her recent stint in The Priory, revealing: ‘I was days from death’
Honest: Sharing the family picture to Instagram, Michelle said that she’s been ‘given a second chance at life’ and knows she’s ‘lucky to have that’
After sharing her update on Monday, several of Michelle’s friends commented on the post sending their support and congratulating her.
Danielle Lloyd, who has spoken openly about her own problems with alcohol in the past, wrote: ‘So proud of you babe’
While Kerry Katona called the singer ‘amazing’ and Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace commented: ‘We are here for you girl, you’ve got this’.
Michelle had also shared a picture of herself sunbathing in the garden on Sunday while reading book Understanding The Twelve Steps.
‘You’re amazing’: Michelle’s post received dozens of comments of support from her celeb pals
At home: The doting mum also took to Instagram on Sunday to share a snap of herself reading Understanding The Twelve Steps in the garden while watching her children play on their bikes
As she rested with her current read on her legs, Michelle’s husband could be seen playing with their two children and their bikes in the background.
Michelle has spoken candidly about the effects her alcohol addiction has had on her family, saying it left her husband Hugh to raise their children as a single parent and her feeling like a ‘bad mother’ after not being able to play with Faith and AJ.
She also praised Hugh for standing by her throughout her battle, saying ‘I don’t know how he’s still there’ in a recent interview with The Sun.
Michelle has also reflected on how she ended up in rehab, saying her addiction was like a ‘suicide mission’.
Speaking to The Sun just 36 hours after leaving rehab, Michelle revealed: ‘What I was doing was a suicide mission. I was crying out for help when I couldn’t actually ask for help. When you’re an addict, it feels like there’s no way out.’
Intervention: The star has also told how an intervention led by her pal Katie Price resulted in her checking herself into the facility (pictured together in 2010)
Telling the paper that she had been drinking two bottles of wine and a bottle of vodka ‘virtually every day since 2018’, Michelle added: ‘Last September I hit rock bottom with the alcohol and had excruciating pains. My doctor could feel my liver sticking out because I was so thin.’
Michelle also told how she embarked on a ‘three day coke binge’ that saw her consuming a gram of cocaine a night alongside alcohol.
Discussing her friends’ intervention, she said: ‘I was shaking and I was crying. I was intoxicated. Katie Price said, “Right, you’re going to The Priory”.’
Katie has previously been a patient at The Priory as she battled her own demons.
The doting mother was told by Priory staff that the level of the enzyme GGT – which indicates liver damage – in her blood was 2,5000 compared to a healthy person’s 30.
Loving family: Michelle’s husband Hugh praised his wife’s ‘strength’ as he broke his silence after it was revealed she is receiving treatment in rehab in April
Supportive: Sharing a touching tribute to Michelle on Instagram, Hugh said ‘you are doing your family proud’ and shared a candid black-and-white snap of her
Health woes: Michelle underwent a hysterectomy in 2012 and a double mastectomy in 2015
She also shared that while in The Priory she sent Katie, 43, a text thanking her for saving her life.
It was confirmed last month that Michelle was receiving treatment in rehab after reportedly turning to alcohol during lockdown.
It was reported that Michelle was struggling with the side effects after undergoing a hysterectomy in 2012 and a double mastectomy in 2015, to reduce her risk of cancer, as well as experiencing an early menopause.
A spokesperson for Michelle confirmed to MailOnline at the time that Michelle was at a rehabilitation facility and has the support of her family and friends.
Michelle’s husband Hugh Hanley spoke out in April and praised his wife’s ‘strength’.
Hugh (pictured) wrote: ‘No one should ever suffer in silence but it takes real strength to speak up and do something about it’
Sharing a touching tribute to Michelle on Instagram, Hugh said ‘you are doing your family proud’ and shared a candid black-and-white snap of the former Liberty X singer sitting topless on a beach.
His full message read: ‘No one should ever suffer in silence but it takes real strength to speak up and do something about it … @wonderwomanshel you are doing your family proud.’
A source told The Sun at the time: ‘She realised she needed to get help when she’d increasingly turned to alcohol as a crutch as she couldn’t cope with the effects of her operations.
‘Michelle was left feeling like she had lost so much of what made her a woman and when she went into early menopause that brought with it a whole other collection of problems.
‘She was just about coping when lockdown hit last year, but the effect of being at home and being unable to distract herself, saw her hit rock bottom.’
In 2012 the mother of two discovered she was carrying the BRCA2 gene, which meant that without surgery she had an 80 to 85 per cent risk of developing breast cancer and a 30 to 40 per cent risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Following the surgery she also went through the early menopause aged 35.
She has appeared on television on several occasions to discuss her experience with being diagnosed with the mutated gene.
Sad: In 2012 Michelle discovered she was carrying the BRCA2 gene, which meant that without surgery she had an 80 to 85 per cent risk of developing breast cancer
In 2013 Michelle told how she had to have surgery work out if she needed a pacemaker, after diet pills she was once addicted to left her with a terrifying cardiac condition.
For six years, the singer said she was addicted to slimming pills, popping tablets every day to suppress her appetite and maintain her weight.
She only stopped when the situation got so dire she was forced into hospital after suffering heart problems.
Michelle suffered with the unexplained arrhythmia for seven years, until in 2011 she was told she may suffer from atrial fibrillation.
Michelle married Hugh in the Bahamas in July 2010, who she started dating in 2008.
They couple share two children, Aaron Jay, seven, and Faith, nine.
Family: Michelle married her husband Hugh in the Bahamas in July 2010, who she started dating in 2008
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