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Matt Cardle reveals his addiction to drugs and alcohol following his 'fall from grace' almost killed him; The X Factor winner admits he hit rock bottom when his drug dealer was forced to intervene.

Byline: Zoe Shenton

Matt Cardle has revealed his addiction to drugs and alcohol almost killed him.

TheX Factorstar, 34, shot to stardom after winning the show in 2010, but less than two years later his journey took a dark turn when he struggled to cope with fame.

Matt, who is now clean and preparing to release his fourth album, was soon dropped by his record label and manager leaving him frustrated with his "fall from grace". He also split from his girlfriend of 18 months, dancer Sarah Robinson.

Opening up about the downward spiral, he reveals he became addicted to powerful painkiller Tramadol - commonly referred to as 'Hillbilly Crack' - after injuring his finger.

"I wasn't that injured, I didn't really need it. I started eating Tramadol for fun if I'm honest."

Matt says he also started taking valium - and dangerously mixing it with alcohol.

When asked if he ever came close to dying, Matt admitted: "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'.

"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. So it was getting to that point for me without knowing it."

The singer revealed he hit rock bottom when he got into a physical altercation with his drug dealer following a performance at the Jingle Bell Ball in Belfast at the end of 2013.

Matt said his dealer refused to sell him more valium after seeing the "state I was in".

The singer said he snatched the valium from him and things "got a bit horrible".

"I was completely addicted," he added toThe Sun. "He was like, 'You're never having any more of them off me'."

After that, the dealer called his brother to tell him someone needed to step in and help Matt.

The 34-year-old then had a breakdown at Heathrow Airport when he was travelling to Scotland to turn the Christmas lights on. He revealed he collapsed on the floor in an emotional mess - something that happened on a number of occasions as he tried to withdraw from the valium.

After reaching that low, he made the decision to check into rehab at The Priory.

While admitting he's got to "watch" himself, Matt is now completely clean, in a happy relationship and preparing to release his fourth album.

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"I was completely addicted," the singer admits

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Matt Cardle won The Factor in 2010

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"I was completely addicted," the singer said

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The singer revealed he hit rock bottom when he got into a physical altercation with his drug dealer following a performance at the Jingle Bell Ball in Belfast

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Matt is releasing his fourth album

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He eventually made the decision to check into rehab at The Priory

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Date:Mar 13, 2018
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