Michelle Heaton checks into rehab after turning to alcohol over health issues in lockdown – Mirror Online

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Michelle Heaton has checked into rehab.

The Liberty X singer is receiving treatment after reportedly turning to alcohol ‘as a crutch’ following a number of health issues during lockdown.

In her last post to Instagram, Michelle told how she’d been left with just four inches of hair left after going into early menopause, which she admitted has hit her hard.

The 41-year-old mum has also been devastated by the death of her close friend Nikki Grahame, who lost her battle with anorexia this month.

The tragedy came just weeks after Michelle and her entire family tested positive for Covid.

Michelle has underlying health issues and previously underwent a hysterectomy in 2012 and a double mastectomy in 2015 to reduce her risk of cancer.

A spokesperson for the star confirmed to the Mirror that Michelle entered a rehabilitation facility earlier today where she is taking the ‘time she needs to get better.’

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 13: Michelle Heaton attends the Butterfly Ball 2019 at The Grosvenor House Hotel on June 13, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Michelle Heaton
Michelle last posted to Instagram five days ago where she shared her excitement at visiting the salon after revealing she’d been left with just four inches of hair left after going into early menopause

“We won’t be commenting more at this time on her private medical information other than to say she has the love and support of her family and friends,” they added.

A source close to Michelle told The Sun: “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.”

TheyShe 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.

Michelle Heaton hits back at trolls sending abuse after Nikki Grahame's death
Michelle Heaton paid tribute to her friend and former Big Brother star Nikki Grahame following her death this month
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Earlier this month, Michelle spoke of her sadness at the sudden death of her friend Nikki Grahame.

The Big Brother star died at the age of 38 following a decades long battle with anorexia.

In a tribute post, Michelle wrote: “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.”

After speaking out about her friend, Michelle was horrified to be targeted by cruel trolls who bombarded her with a string of nasty messages.

Among the nasty posts, one vicious troll accused Michelle of being the reason her pal died.

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Michelle was horrified when a vile troll told her she was the reason for Nikki’s death
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The Just A Little Bit singer shared the messages with her followers and fired: “Who ever this piece of s*** is.. I feel sorry for you. You need a hug. You never know what anyone is going through.

“However, to tell me I was reason she died … wow … I just hope if you loose someone you love you DO NOT get told it’s your fault… coz.. who ever u r .. your lucky I’ve been through and seen so much I’m not easy to crack.

“Who ever you are .. those words can break someone on the edge. I see u have one follower … who ever follows you report this piece of s***.

“I’ve been Called many things in my life… this is the lowest of them all. You need hugs. X.” (sic)

Michelle and her family all tested positive for Covid in March
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The tragedy came just weeks after Michelle, who has underlying health issues, told fans that she and her entire family had contracted Covid.

Michelle shares Faith, nine, and Aaron, seven, with her husband of ten years Hugh Hanley.

Taking to Instagram after testing positive, Michelle said: “I could have been a lot worse, or may be hospitalised. I’m doing OK, enough strength to tell the kids off anyway!”

The pop star last posted to Instagram five days ago, where she revealed her excitement at having her first hair cut in months.

Thanking her hairdresser, Michelle wrote: “Today I came.. and you explained to me why I had lost most my hair. My hormones aka #menopause, had simply made my hair snap to touch.

“I had about 4-5 inches left. If that!

“Today, the family (that’s what I call all the hair technicians as to me they are and anyone who is lucky enough to visit @inanchlondon will agree) the family, with tender loving care gave me hair! And made me smile and actually start to look at myself again in the mirror rather then walk past and pretend my hair was ok! Love u all xxx”

 

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