Michelle Heaton says daughter Faith, 9, ‘pulls me away from wine aisles’ since rehab

Michelle Heaton has opened up about the effect her sobriety has had on her children, saying her young daughter Faith in particular has been her 'biggest cheerleader.'

The nine year old is so aware of her mum's struggles with alcohol and drug addiction that she now 'pulls Michelle away' from the wine aisles in supermarkets.

Speaking exclusively to OK! as she approaches her first Christmas since her stint in rehab, Michelle explained: "Because it’s all out there, Faith knows more than we would have chosen to tell her as a child.

"We talk openly – being mindful that she’s only nine – but we don’t shy away from what has happened and the reality of Mummy’s situation."

Michelle added: "She’s my biggest cheerleader and my biggest bodyguard.

"If we’re in the supermarket, she’ll pull me away from the wine aisle. I’m in a good place, so that doesn’t bother or trigger me at all. The obsession has gone, but Faith’s obsession with keeping me well hasn’t and I don’t see it as a bad thing. I would hate for her to find out later in life what has happened."

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Michelle entered rehab in April this year after hitting rock bottom. She'd spend three years drinking daily, and the effects of the alcohol intake left her almost unrecognisable.

The former Liberty X star, who shot to fame on reality show Popstars in 2001, would secretly drink in her bedroom, unbeknownst to her family.

But Michelle looked better than ever as she posed for OK!'s Christmas shoot with her brood, including Faith, son AJ, seven, and husband Hugh Hanley.

“I feel like this year my life has changed for the best,” she says on the seven month anniversary of her sobriety. “Next year isn’t a new start, but a continued journey of what we’ve picked up this year.”

Interview by Anna Matheson. To read Michelle and Hugh's full chat – and see all the pictures from their beautiful OK! Christmas shoot – click here.

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