X Factor victor Matt Cardle admits drug problems

Matt Cardle's 'fall from grace' after X Factor caused descent into drug addiction

Matt Cardle's 'fall from grace' after X Factor caused descent into drug addiction

Matt won the 2010 series of The X Factor, beating One Direction, Rebecca Ferguson and Cher Lloyd in the final.

As his career faltered and he was dropped from his record label months after the release of his first album, Matt became hooked on a mixture of prescription pills which he would mix with booze.

After a minor injury on his finger in a tour bus, Matt demanded he be prescribed Tramadol - the same drug Ant McPartlin admitted previously being addicted too. '...the first time I did Valium was on a flight to LA and that was it'.

"Valium and alcohol are lethal together anyway", he added. It's a muscle relaxant and your heart's a muscle, ' he says about the mixtures he was experimenting with.

Asked how many times he came close to dying during his two years of drugs and alcohol dependence, Matt said: "There were a number of them". 'I didn't realise because a lot of it was on my own.

'I would wake up in various parts of my flat, in the toilet, in my bedroom, on the bed, off the bed, in the lounge, and it would always be like, "Oh that's where it ended".

And he told The Sun that it was his dealer who finally made him see the light after Matt started a fight with him when he refused to sell him any more drugs after he performed at the Jingle Bell Ball in Belfast in December 2013. "I was completely addicted", he admitted. '"You're never having any more of them off me",' Cardle recalled the dealer saying; who then contacted the star's brother over his alleged concern.

After a spell in The Priory rehab, Matt finally got clean we he called "a huge achievement".

Now the star is in a good place ahead of his musical comeback, and puts his past addictions down to his struggles with fame following The X Factor.

"I was being rejected left, right and centre for a record, for all of this kind of stuff", Matt said.

'I was still coming down hard from a place where I didn't have a label, I didn't really have any management at the time, I didn't have a steady place.

Former X Factor favourite Matt Cardle has spoken about his battle with drug addiction that nearly ended his life, after describing his "fall from grace".

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