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Matt Cardle admits he ‘nearly died’ as he opens up about drug and alcohol addiction

Matt's substance abuse cost him his manager and partner


Matt Cardle has revealed that his substance and alcohol abuse nearly cost him his own life.

After winning The X Factor in 2010, Matt has admitted that he went off the rails and began taking drugs and alcohol, and the singer eventually lost his manager and long-term girlfriend Sarah Robinson because of it.

Speaking to The Sun, Matt shared, “I started eating Tramadol for fun if I’m honest, then the first time I did Valium was on a flight to LA and that was it.”

“Valium and alcohol are lethal together anyway. It’s a muscle relaxant and your heart’s a muscle.”


Matt revealed that he would often wake up in his house and not know what had gone on, saying, “I didn’t realise because a lot of it was on my own, I would wake up in various parts of my flat, in the toilet, in my bedroom, on the bed, off the bed, in the lounge, and it would always be like, ‘Oh that’s where it ended.'”

Matt admitted that he was so addicted to drugs that at one point a dealer decided to stop selling him Valium.

Speaking of the dealer Matt says, “I was completely addicted. He was like, ‘You’re never having any more of them off me.”

The singer got into a heated row with his drug dealer after snatching pills from his hand, which resulted in Matt sporting a black eye in 2014.


Matt checked himself into rehabilitation centre The Priory after a breakdown, which he believes was the turning point for him.

Now with a new album on the way called ‘Time To Be Alive’, Matt has said that he still has to keep on eye on himself.

“I’m in an amazing place now, but that doesn’t mean I’m always going to stay here.

“I don’t have an urge to eat and drown anything but that doesn’t mean if something horrific happened to me that I would be steady as a rock and I’d be like, No. I could fall off at the drop of a hat, so I’ve got to watch myself.”