‘Nervous’ Michelle Heaton enjoys first night out after recent rehab stint

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Michelle Heaton made a red carpet appearance at a special screening of The Suicide Squad in London, as sources say she was feeling 'nervous' about being out in public again.

The former Liberty X star checked into The Priory in April to receive treatment for drug and alcohol addiction and recently celebrated 90 days of sobriety.

"Michelle was obviously nervous about heading out for the first time," the source told OK!: "It's a big step but it's part of her recovery to get back to doing the things she was doing before.

"She won't shy away from friends and functions. She's taking her recovery one day at a time and was really grateful that everyone was so friendly on the night and asking how she was."

Her night out comes after Michelle and husband Hugh Hanley sat down with OK! for an exclusive shoot and chat.

The star revealed her issues took a terrible toll on her marriage to Hugh Hanley – who has even gone as far as saying he doesn't think his 42 year old wife would have survived if he had walked away from their marriage.

Hugh told OK!: 'It would have been easier to walk away but I knew Michelle was in there and I didn’t want to give up on her. AndI knew if I walked away she wouldn’t have made it.

"I didn’t want the kids to grow up without their mother but it was definitely sometimes hard to stay," he continued.

During the frank chat, Hugh added that living with an alcoholic is "relentless".

"You question your sanity," he said. "The easiest way to describe it is like having mental boxing matches with someone. She was snappy, aggressive and had become sloppy with everything. She wasn’t the Michelle I married."

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Hugh said that following her treatment in The Priory, Michelle has returned to her old self and the couple is now gradually rebuilding their lives.

He said: "But the best outcome is where we are now. The kids have a far better mum and she’s back to being the person I married."

Michelle revealed that at the height of her addiction, she was drinking one or two bottles of wine a day as well as downing vodka secretly.

She was also taking cocaine when "money and Covid" allowed. Following a successful intervention and a stint in The Priory she has now been sober for ninety days.

Michelle herself revealed that things got so bad that she suspected Hugh would walk away from their marriage.

She said: "I would beg him to leave because I didn’t want to put him through the pain that I was going through.

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