Matt Cardle opens up about addiction struggle after X Factor victory

Esequiel Farfan
Marcha 13, 2018

Former The X Factor victor Matt Cardle has revealed how he was close to death following years of drug addiction and alcohol abuse following his success on the ITV singing show.

The When We Collide star has now been re-signed to Sony - the music label that dropped him back in - and is ready to open up on his past battle as he plans his musical comeback.

'I wasn't that injured, I didn't really need it. "I then spent three years pouring blood, sweat and tears plus all my darkness and my hope into this album".

Matt spoke about the dangers of taking the powerful drug and how it's very easy to never wake up after overdosing on it: 'If you were on your own and you're completely smashed and you've taken one or two too many, you won't wake up, it'll stop your heart and that's it.

The singer revealed that he came close to dying a "number" of times due to binges.

'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".

On whether he ever regretted appearing on X Factor, Cardle said: "People have asked me a lot and I've never said it was a mistake".

The star continued: "Valium and alcohol are lethal together anyway".

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"So it was getting to that point for me without knowing it". "It's a muscle relaxant and your heart's a muscle".

However, things got worse when the performer got into a physical altercation with his drug dealer in 2013, at the Jingle Bell Ball in Belfast. "I was completely addicted", he admitted.

He tells 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. "I came and met him and he just saw the state I was in because I didn't have any and then he went, "No, I'm not going to give them to you".

X Factor victor Matt Cardle performs at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, in 2014.

The singer is now back with his old label, Sony, and will release his fourth album "Time To Be Alive" in April.

The X Factor victor was a huge success on the show after getting over 44% of the final's public vote.

"I'm in an fantastic place now, but that doesn't mean I'm always going to stay here".

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