Celeb pals praise Michelle Heaton’s ‘big step for better future’ as Liberty X singer checks into rehab

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Celebrity pals of Michelle Heaton have praised the former Liberty X singer for "taking a big step for a better future".

The 41-year-old mum of two is said to be fighting a booze battle brought on by a string of severe medical issues.

Michelle is reported to have struggled with the effects of a hysterectomy in 2012 and a double mastectomy in 2015 which she had to cut her high risk of cancer.

An early menopause before the isolation of lockdown then hit the married mum of two hard, and she began rehab treatment yesterday.

Dancing on Ice skater and close friend Matt Evers wrote on Instagram: "So proud of you Michelle for taking a pretty big step for a better future. We are all here for you."

Winner of Bake Off 2016 Candice Brown wrote: "All the love."

  • Liberty X singer Michelle Heaton enters rehab after 'turning to alcohol' following severe health issues

An insider told The Sun: "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."

Michelle was also deeply affected by the shock death of her friend Nikki Grahame this month.

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In a tribute post online to the former Big Brother star she said: "I was scared to see you…to say anything that may be a trigger to lose you…I was a coward and I'm so sorry."

Michelle has often appeared on TV to discuss her mutated BRCA2 gene, which meant she had an 80 per cent chance of developing breast cancer, as well as a 30 per cent chance of getting ovarian cancer.

Michelle is married to Irish businessman Hugh Hanley and they have a daughter Faith, nine, and son AJ, seven.

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She shot to fame on ITV talent show Popstars in 2001 and went on to join the chart-topping group Liberty X, who split in 2007.

She also appeared on Celebrity Big Brother and The Real Full Monty.

A spokeswoman for Michelle said: "I can confirm that Michelle has entered a rehab facility.

"We won't be comm­enting on private medical information, she has the love and support of her family and friends."

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