Michelle Heaton says her husband was left to raise kids as a single parent after her 3 year coke & booze battle
MICHELLE Heaton says her husband was left to raise their kids as a single parent after her three year coke and booze addiction.
The former Liberty X singer revealed to The Sun how she was days from death after going on a cocaine and booze-fuelled mission for three years.
Michelle, 41, explained how her addiction forced her husband of 11 years, Hugh Hanley, to raise their daughter, nine, and son, seven, as a single parent.
She said: “I felt like a bad mother — the worst. 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."
Michelle, who was voted Celebrity Mum of the Year in 2014, admitted her children picked up on some of the signs of her addiction.
She said: "I never put them at risk in a physical way, but they saw me being sick and were worried about mummy and wondering why she shouted.
“And my husband wondered if I’d be alive when he woke up.”
Michelle's spiraling addiction started to affect her marriage, with her unusual behaviour convincing husband Hugh she was seeing someone else.
Michelle said: “There’d be an argument where I’d storm off and then get out the vodka.
“I wasn’t having an affair, but I was in love with alcohol. There’s the sneaking around, the lies. It’s protection of your addiction.
“Yet he stood by me the whole time. 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.”
Michelle, who spoke to The Sun just 36 hours after leaving rehab, admits she was only saved following an intervention from friends including Katie Price.
They not only insisted Michelle, 41, book herself into The Priory, but paid for her four-week stay to beat her drug and alcohol addiction.
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."
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