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fightback Michelle Heaton's husband rallies support for his wife as she enters rehab after hitting 'rock bottom'

Earlier in the week it was revealed the former RTE star had checked into rehab due to alcohol issues

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Michelle Heaton checked into rehab this week after hitting "rock bottom" during lockdown

Michelle Heaton checked into rehab this week after hitting "rock bottom" during lockdown

Michelle Heaton checked into rehab this week after hitting "rock bottom" during lockdown

The husband of ex-RTE star Michelle Heaton has thrown his support behind his wife after she checked into rehab this week.

Hugh Hanley posted a monochrome photo of his 41-year-old wife on Instagram alongside the words: "Through sickness and in health."

It is understood Michelle turned to alcohol having struggled to cope after suffering a series of health problems in recent years.

Her husband added in the post: "No one should ever suffer in silence but it takes real strength to speak up and do something about it.

"@wonderwomanshel you are doing your family proud."

The mum of two checked into rehab earlier this week after apparently hitting "rock bottom" during lock lockdown.

A spokesperson for the ex-RTÉ star confirmed the news, saying: “She has the love and support of her family and friends.”

She rose to fame when she made it to the finals of Popstars in 2001 and went on to join chart-topping band Liberty X until their split in 2007.

She also appeared as a judge on Irish talent competition You’re A Star from 2007-2008 and competed on RTÉ’s Fáilte Towers.

In 2012, Michelle underwent a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery after being diagnosed with a mutated BRCA2 that put her in danger of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

The mum-of-two also had a complete hysterectomy and oophorectomy to remove her womb and ovaries in 2015.

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An insider told The Sun that the singer had been struggling with the effects of her operations during lockdown and turned to alcohol as a coping mechanism before entering a rehabilitation facility on Wednesday.

“Michelle was left feeling like she had lost so much of what made her a woman and when she went into early menopause that brought with it a whole other collection of problems,” the source revealed.

“She was just about coping when lockdown hit last year, but the effect of being at home and being unable to distract herself, saw her hit rock bottom.

“She realised she needed to get help when she’d increasingly turned to alcohol as a crutch as she couldn’t cope with the effects of her operations.”

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