Matt Cardle: “I Am Completely Sober For the First Time”

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Matt Cardle, who won Britain’s The X Factor in 2010, has opened up about his addiction issues. The pop star admitted he was weeks from death before he checked into the London clinic, The Priory, on 20 December to deal with an addiction to prescription pills.

Cardle told The Sun on Sunday, “I was so out of it – I was like a zombie. The doctor said to me if I’d been left to my own devices for another three or four weeks I might not be here now.”

“I didn’t have my wits about me to even count how many I’d taken. It was a lethal situation. Towards the end I was so out of it I was asking people around me how many pills they’d seen me eat.”

“That is what kills people. It’s what killed Heath Ledger and Anna Nicole Smith. Any time I started to feel stressed I would lean on the drugs and drink,” added Cardle.

“I was kidding myself thinking I had a handle on it. That little word in front of the drug ‘prescription’ gave it an air of safety for me. But it’s the total opposite – they are so highly addictive both physically and mentally.”

Cardle is now preparing a UK tour in April, and he took the chance to thank his fans for their support stating, “My fans have been so great – I just want to be able to go out and give it 150 per cent for them. I am completely sober for the first time in a long time – and I feel brilliant.”

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