Michelle Heaton thanks fans for their ongoing support after her rehab stint

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Michelle Heaton has thanked fans for their ongoing support following her battle with drug and alcohol addiction after she opened up about her recent rehab visit.

The mother-of-two, 41, shared a heartfelt message to her 229,000 followers on Instagram as she thanked them for their “well wishes” as she started the recovery journey.

The singer, who recently admitted that her husband acted as a single parent while she battled with addictions, checked in with her loyal legion of fans while she took a stroll through the countryside with her dog on Tuesday morning.

In the video she said: “Hey everybody it’s such a beautiful day, everything feels very calm at the moment.

“I just wanted to say hi to everybody, it’s been a while, nice to meet you all again. Thank you for all your well wishes and your support.

“If there’s anybody out there struggling, you’re not alone.”

This comes after the star shared a touching picture of her family unit as they reunited after her extended stay at the rehabilitation facility on Sunday.

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The doting mother, who shares daughter Faith, eight, and son Aaron Jay, six, with her husband Hugh Hanley, shared a touching tribute to her family for their unwavering support as they shared a group hug outside the facility.

She wrote: “6 days ago … on the steps of the @priorygroup.

“Faith & AJ you are my world. I’ve been given a second chance at life and I know I’m lucky to have that.

“I’m overwhelmed with all the support and messages I’ve received when I was in rehab and since I’ve been out.

“Thank you to my family, friends, people I’ve met – and not met. It really does mean a lot. X”

The Liberty X singer previously told The Sun that she was “close to death” before she changed to a sober lifestyle, in which she often drank two bottles of wine, a bottle of vodka and took cocaine “virtually every day since 2018.”

The star shared how an intervention from her old pal Katie Price, who she admitted "saved her life", was the real breaking point for her which pushed her to check in to the facility earlier this year.

Since she shared her recovery journey online, Michelle has been flooded with compliments and well wishes from her celebrity friends and loving fans.

Big Brother star Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace penned: “We are here for you girl, you’ve got this” with several heart emojis.

Dannielle Lloyd, who has also shared her struggles with addiction, added: “So proud of you babe.”

Victoria Derbyshire added: “You’ve taken a huge and important step” along with a love heart and a clapping hands emoji.

Michelle shared in a candid interview with The Sun just three days after she left the facility that her addiction was like a “suicide mission.”

She said: “What I was doing was a suicide mission. I was crying out for help when I couldn't actually ask for help. When you're an addict, it feels like there's no way out.”

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