X Factor winner Matt Cardle reveals how fame and drug addiction nearly killed him ahead of comeback album

After beating One Direction to win X Factor in front of 19 million viewers, Matt Cardle stared death in the face with his drug addiction

X Factor winner Matt Cardle reveals how fame and drug addiction nearly killed him ahead of comeback album

A former X Factor winner, Matt Cardle, who beat One Direction in the talent show, revealed how he was close to death following years of drug addiction and alcohol abuse following his success.

He is now set to return to the music industry with a comeback album 'Time to Be Alive'. In an interview with The Sun he said "I got lucky on a number of occasions not to have been found f****** cold... I was being rejected left, right and center for a record, for all of this kind of stuff. I was still coming down hard from a place where I didn’t have a label, I didn’t really have any management at the time, I didn’t have a steady place. And none of it was bitterness, but it’s just frustration about my fall from grace."

Matt Cardle attends Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park at Hyde Park on July 1, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Matt Cardle attends Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park at Hyde Park on July 1, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Matt won X Factor in 2010, beating One Direction who ended up in third place, but seeing his friends find superstardom while he struggled with his record company in the UK led to Matt spiraling out of control.

In less than two years of winning the show, the singer was addicted to a cocktail of drugs and became a functioning alcoholic. He said he was “eating” a daily mix of prescription pills Valium and Tramadol and snorting illegal drugs. He started the drug abuse when he injured his finger while on tour and demanded a prescription for Tramadol.

The former ITV singing show winner went on to mix the drug with valium and alcohol, a combination which can leave you easily confused and unaware of your actions.

Matt Cardle performs at Regent Street's Christmas lights 'switch on' celebrating the anticipated release of the film 'Arthur Christmas' at Regent Street on November 8, 2011 in London, England.Ê (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Matt Cardle performs at Regent Street's Christmas lights 'switch on' celebrating the anticipated release of the film 'Arthur Christmas' at Regent Street on November 8, 2011 in London, England.Ê (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

While he hit rock bottom, it was his dealer who turned out to be a saving grace. Frustrated and addicted, Matt started a fight with his dealer when he refused to sell him any more drugs after he performed at the Jingle Bell Ball in Belfast in December 2013.

"I came and met him and he just saw the state I was in because I didn’t have any and then he went, 'No I’m not going to give them to you'. And I actually snatched them out of his hand and shoved him and it got a bit horrible," said Matt. 

The dealer then went on to contact Matt’s brother to let him know he needed help, and Matt finally entered The Priory clinic where he got himself clean. He is now working with Sony and will release his fourth album 'Time To Be Alive' in April.

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