X Factor Winner Matt Cardle Opens Up On His Past Struggles With Addiction

X Factor winner Matt Cardle has spoke candidly on his past struggles with addiction, following his stint on the ITV talent show.

The musician's battle stemmed from his own frustration about his 'fall from grace', and he ended up being addicted to a 'cocktail' of both illegal and prescription drugs as well as alcohol two years ago.

Matt told The Sun: "I got lucky on a number of occasions not to have been found f*ck*ng cold.

"I was being rejected left, right and centre 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."

The 2010 X Factor winner continued: "And none of it was bitterness, but it's just frustration about my fall from grace."

Credit: Instagram/Matt Cardle
Credit: Instagram/Matt Cardle

Matt has now returned back to the music industry with a brand new album, and has also resigned to a record label - the same one that dropped him a few years ago.

The star recalled how that it was actually his drug dealer that made him see sense back at the height of his addiction. Matt started a fight with the dealer when he refused to sell him anymore drugs after he performed at the Jingle Bell Ball in Belfast back in 2013, and he then alerted the musician's brother.

He said: "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."

Credit: Instagram/Matt Cardle
Credit: Instagram/Matt Cardle

Mat, who beat One Direction and Rebecca Ferguson to first place in the music competition, also recalled a number of times that he was close to dying because of his struggles with drugs.

He explained: "There were a number of them.

"I didn't realise because a lot of it was on my own."

34-year-old Matt 'got clean' thanks to a stint in Priory Rehab, and his fourth album will be released in April, titled Time To Be Alive.

If you feel you have been affected by any of the issues this story, you can visit www.samaritans.org, or call the Samaritans on 116 123.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Matt Cardle/ITV/X Factor

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