Matt Cardle opened up about his rehab struggle as he spoke about his big return to music.
The 35-year-old singer ‘s health was sent into a tailspin in the aftermath of winning The X Factor and struggled to cope with the stresses of fame.
But Matt, who shot to stardom after winning the singing competition in 2010, insists that he is much better now as he makes his big return to music after five years.
Appearing on Lorraine today, he said that he "doesn’t regret a thing" despite falling to a "dark place".
He told host Lorraine Kelly: "It takes a long time to steady yourself after something like that.
"It’s quite backwards. So many people knew who I was but I hadn’t put a record out yet. It took a long time to find my feet and steady myself."
After admitting that had self-medicated, he said: "I could point the finger at any one thing at the time, whether it was leaving Sony, whether it was the relationship break down, whether it was the stresses of fame – it was just the culmination of everything.
"I ran away from how I was feeling. That’s why [new album] Time To Be Alive is called Time To Be Alive. It’s from being through rehab and talking about everything and realising you can’t run from the things that hurt – you have to face up to life."
After releasing albums for three consecutive years from 2011, Matt took five years out of the music industry before releasing his recent album.
He added: "I was running away and that’s what got me at the end of the day.
"I didn’t want to do that again [a heartbreak album]. My fans don’t want to hear about that anymore […] I’m weirdly glad of the fact that I went to that dark place. Behind a lot of artists, behind so much art is struggle and pain. I’m strangely thankful for that pain to be able to pour it back into that album."
Matt insisted that he wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for everything that had happened.
"I don’t regret a thing," he said. "There’s no shame in any of it. It was just my journey; this is just the next stage of it. Back with Sony as well. To land back in the Sony family is just incredible, so thank you guys for having me back."
*Lorraine airs weekdays at 8.30am on ITV
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