‘I am embarrassed by you’: Michelle Heaton breaks down in tears as she reads emotional letter husband wrote to her in rehab as he says he ‘had to help their kids forget her behaviour’
Michelle Heaton broke down in tears on Loose Women on Thursday as she detailed a letter her husband Hugh Hanley wrote to her while she was in rehab.
The singer who is now sober and has openly discussed her battle with drink and drug addiction read out the letter on the show.
It said: ‘Watching you spiral like this has been very hard to deal with. I couldn’t talk to my best friend. I have been left embarrassed by you, but that was never you.
‘I am embarrassed by you’: Michelle Heaton broke down in tears on Loose Women on Thursday as she read an emotional letter her husband Hugh Hanley wrote to her in rehab
‘I have also tried to help the kids forget your behaviour. It has turned you into a liar. [crying].’;
Michelle said: ‘I don’t recognise that person. I am a strong person. I can say no to things.’
Talking about happier times, she said: ‘ If someone told me nine months ago that I would be feeling free, happy… It’s still one day at a time.
Rock Bottom: The Liberty X singer, 42, has admitted that she had ‘given up on life’ before seeking treatment at rehab last year (Pictured in April 2021)
‘I went into the Priory and I had the 28 day addiction program. I was a dry drunk for many months. I was acting out in many ways, irritable, snappy.. I was manipulative.
‘Now I sponsor people. I have a sponsor. I work really hard at recovery.’
She continued: ‘Drinking was so exhausting. It occupied every waking moment. I’ve got a really happy sense of being now – and I just didn’t.
‘When you are in addictive behaviours, you don’t see what’s happening to yourself, let alone other people. Sometimes [her family] were in my way.
‘It wasn’t until I got sober, clean, that I could recognise how I was heaving. Then the guilt comes in. I wasn’t present for myself.
‘My kids are very forgiving. They didn’t acknowledge how much I was in pain because I tried to shelter that.’
Happy: Michelle said that she has worked hard on her relationship with husband Hugh, explaining: ‘I’m completely honest with Hugh now and he feels like he’s got his wife back’