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'Breaking Point' Michelle Heaton's husband feared alcohol addiction would kill her

Hugh Hanley has been married to the Liberty X singer for 11 years and the couple share two children together: Faith Michelle (9) and Aaron Jay (7).

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 Michelle Heaton and Hugh Hanley (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Michelle Heaton and Hugh Hanley (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Michelle Heaton and Hugh Hanley (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Michelle Heaton’s husband stood by her during her alcohol addiction battle because he feared she’d end up dead.

Dubliner Hugh Hanley has been married to the Liberty X singer for 11 years and the couple share two children together: Faith Michelle (9) and Aaron Jay (7).

Michelle checked into rehab last April after struggling with alcohol and drug addiction for years.

In a joint interview with The Sun, Hugh said that he believes if he left her amid her battle, she wouldn’t be here today.

“At the start of last year, I didn’t know if Michelle could survive. Her body was shutting down and she was drinking more than ever,” he said.

“We were heading to a final outcome because everyone was at breaking point.

“She was choosing darkness and I was trying to deal with the chaos of her spiralling and worrying about where it was going to end for her, me and the kids.

“It became the norm that Michelle was always going to be chaotic and life was going to be stressful and hard work every day.”

And although their marriage was at a breaking point, Hugh refused to walk away from Michelle to protect their children.

“There was a desire to make sure the kids didn’t grow up without a mum.

“I knew if I left, Michelle wouldn’t have made it much longer. I was very aware that I was there to help keep her alive.”

Michelle had been drinking excessively for years, but things began to escalate from 2019 onwards. At her worst, she was downing two bottles of wine and a bottle of vodka a day.

The 42-year-old said that she views this period as a “dark” time in her life.

“I would always promise myself this was the last time I was going to drink or use cocaine. But I’d wake up with the fear of it not being there and have to buy more vodka,” she said.

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“I’d manipulate friends into picking up the kids from school. I was selfish. I was exhausted.

“I didn’t want to lie, but I had to because I needed alcohol. It was relentless.

“I didn’t know why I couldn’t stop drinking. It didn’t matter how ill I got, I still ‘rewarded’ myself with alcohol,” she added.

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