A noughties pop star has shocked fans with a gruesome picture revealing the extent of her addiction, which left her days from death.
UK pop star Michelle Heaton has shocked fans with a graphic new picture taken when she hit rock bottom just 20 weeks ago.
The former Liberty X singer admitted earlier this year that she was just days from death following a three-year cocaine and booze binge.
Heaton, 42, was only saved thanks to an intervention from her husband and showbiz friends, including Katie Price, who booked her into a rehab centre.
The mum-of-two is now clean following her four-week stay at The Priory and has marked National Sober Day and National Recovery Month with a stark photograph.
Heaton’s snap was only taken 20 weeks ago and it shows her with incredibly puffy and bloodshot eyes, and yellow stains on her T-shirt.
Posting it on Instagram alongside a picture of how she looks today, Heaton said: “This picture is not to shock, it WAS my reality!“20 weeks ago this was me – Ruined. The second is me today – Saved. Today I am stronger mentally and physically better then I’ve ever been.”
Heaton stressed that she wants to help remove the stigma of addiction, adding words of advice and encouragement.
“Today I am stronger mentally and physically better then I’ve ever been. One day at a time,” she added.
“For anyone who needs help with addiction, there is help out there.”
Heaton shared links for both Alcoholics Anonymous and the NHS’ Getting Help: Addiction page.
The star’s fans were full of praise after seeing just how far she has come in 20 weeks.
Days from death
In May, Heaton – who is married to husband Hugh Hanley – bravely spoke out about her battle with drink and drugs.
Speaking to The Sun just 36 hours after leaving rehab, Heaton said she had been downing up to two bottles of wine and a bottle of vodka virtually every day since 2018, and snorting cocaine.
She was staring death in the face but wouldn’t accept it until she went into rehab.
“There was a moment when I said, ‘I’m not going’. My best friend kicked off at me and said, ‘Michelle – you’re dying’,” she said.
“It was a joint effort from all my very dear friends who wanted me to live.”
In The Priory she was told that a healthy level of the enzyme GGT in the blood – which indicates how damaged a person’s liver is – was 30 or less. Hers stood at 2500.
“They had never seen a girl come in who registered that high. A therapist said to me, ‘We didn’t know if you were going to make it,’” she said.
This article originally appeared in The Sun and was reproduced with permission
Originally published as Liberty X singer Michelle Heaton reveals extent of addiction with horrific Instagram photo