Michelle Heaton's husband Hugh Hanley breaks silence on her rehab stay to praise her 'strength' and doing family 'proud'

MICHELLE Heaton's husband Hugh Hanley has broken his silence on her rehab stay to praise her "strength" and for doing their family "proud."

The Liberty X singer went into rehab as she fought a booze battle brought on by a string of severe medical issues.

Michelle's doting husband Hugh has paid tribute to Michelle, the mother of his two kids Faith, nine, and AJ, seven, on Instagram.

Businessman Hugh wrote alongside a stunning topless beach shot of Michelle where her back tattoos could be seen: "Through sickness and in health.

"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 Sun revealed Michelle had checked herself in to rehab last Wednesday.


Michelle, 41, is said to have struggled with the effects of a hysterectomy in 2012 and a double mastectomy in 2015 which she had to cut her high risk of cancer.

An early menopause before the isolation of lockdown then hit the married mum of two hard, and she began rehab treatment yesterday.

An insider said: “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.

“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.


“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.”

Michelle was also deeply affected by the shock death of her friend Nikki Grahame this month.

In a tribute post online to the former Big Brother star she said: “I was scared to see you . . . to say anything that may be a trigger to lose you . . . I was a coward and I’m so sorry.”

Michelle has often appeared on TV to discuss her mutated BRCA2 gene, which meant she had an 80 per cent chance of developing breast cancer, as well as a 30 per cent chance of getting ovarian cancer.


She has also spoken of how an early menopause — brought on by the hysterectomy — put a strain on her marriage, particularly as she had few female friends who were going through the same changes.

She added: “With us being so young and going through it and with the kids being so young as well, I don’t have that group of women around me who are going through it at the same time. So, it’s really hard.”

Hugh said at the time: “Michelle really struggles to get hold of herself. She’s lost a bit of herself.”

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