Michelle Heaton confesses diet pill addiction
– Reported, February 02, 2013
Michelle Christine Heaton is a British pop singer, actress, television personality, and glamour model. Heaton was a member of the pop group Liberty X from 2001 until they announced their split in 2007: they reformed one year later for a small gig. In October 2012 it was confirmed the group would reform for a one off apperance at the Hammersmith Apollo and feature in the ITV2 series The Big Reunion following other defunct pop bands including Atomic Kitten and Honeyz.
Liberty X enjoyed seven Top 10 singles from 2001 to 2005. Their biggest hit, “Just a Little”, reached Number 1 in May 2002. “Thinking It Over”, “Got To Have Your Love”, “Song 4 Lovers”, and “Holding on for You” all reached the top 5 in the UK Singles Chart. Their debut album, Thinking It Over, reached Number 3 in June 2002. Liberty X released another 2 albums, Being Somebody and X, which reached Numbers 12 and 27, respectively. Liberty X won two Brit Awards: for Best British Single and Best British Breakthrough Artist. From 2004 until 2007, Heaton contributed a regular column to the Hotstars section of OK! magazine. In 2004, she appeared in the fitness DVD Liberty X-Toned.
In October 2007, shortly after Liberty X’s split and final performance, Heaton signed a two album solo deal with 19 Entertainment, however, for unknown reasons, she left the label two months later.
She also appeared on the second season finale of the Irish version of The Apprentice, broadcast on 14 December 2009, where she was the celebrity guest of eventual winner Steve Rayner, who had the task of organising a launch party for the new Ford Fiesta car. As she pulled back the sheet to unveil the new car her foot got caught and she fell to the floor. Fortunately, she managed to get up and laugh it off. Michelle was recently involved in ‘Aladdin’ at the Southport Theatre where she played the role of Princess Jasmine. Michelle toured the Uk as Gabby in the comedy play, The Naked Truth in 2010 and early 2011. In February 2011 Michelle was a guest interviewer on the new Channel 5 programme OK!TV.
Michelle Heaton has revealed how her obsession with maintaining a pop star body ended with her being addicted to diet pills.
The former pop star explained how she struggled to compete with her fellow Liberty X band mates and their svelte bodies.
Speaking during ITV2’s The Big Reunion, Michelle, 33, admitted that watching footage of herself in the chart topping band’s hit song Just A Little made her upset.
She said: ‘It’s a very sad time when I look at me in the video. I was ever so large.
‘At the time I was addicted to slimming pills. I took them every single day. I took them because I was scared of putting on weight.’
The mother-of-one revealed how she was stuck with the pills as she battled to be as thin as female vocalists Kelli Young and Jessica Taylor.
She said: ‘I was in this vicious circle of taking the diet pills to lose weight.
‘I had been addicted to them for two to three years and they were no longer working because my body was immune to them. I didn’t look healthy, I obviously wasn’t healthy.’
Talking to MTV last year, Michelle added: ‘I was probably about 18 or 19 when I started taking diet pills.
‘You could get them from anywhere at that time and they had an ingredient in them which Im sure youre familiar with called Ephedrine.
‘Nobody really knew the background of them, and I was taking them and it was giving me a buzz. And I was losing weight and I wasnt eating and it was all great and brilliant.
‘Then they stopped making them but a friend of mine said they could get pure Ephedrine. I didnt think anything of it, I didnt think it was illegal, or a class B drug or anything like that.
‘I was lying on my couch and my heart started going into an irregular pattern, you can feel it in your chest, it just feels like its going to explode so I got rushed to A&E and they were convinced it was cocaine which is something Ive never done.’
Now, the reality TV star is clean of the pills and is concentrating on being healthy and caring for her daughter Faith.
Although she went down a difficult path due to the tablets she enjoyed the pop star lifestyle.
She said: ‘I loved being a pop star. I really enjoyed every minute of it. I enjoyed going to parties, I was young.’