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X Factor star Matt Cardle praises girlfriend Amber Hernaman for helping him write song about his Valium addiction


Matt Cardle has opened up about his past battle with addiction (Picture: Getty)

Matt Cardle credits girlfriend Amber Hernaman for helping him make sweet music … about his past Valium addiction.

The Amazing singer opened up about their romance’s winning formula as he dropped-kicked Meghan Markle headlines into the long grass — explaining he can’t stomach the idea of infamy after his X Factor ride left him close to death.

‘Amber has been writing with me. We wrote (new track) Purple Crayon together,’ he said. ‘She is brilliant.

‘We sing in the studio, party and get up to no good just for fun. Then all of a sudden she was like, “Why don’t we write a song?” We did, and Purple Crayon came out.

‘It was like, “Okay this works”. She played piano to grade six and is a brilliant lyricist. It has been amazing to do that with Amber.’

Getting candid about the track’s dark lyrics, Matt told Guilty Pleasures: ‘The sentiment of the song is about the trouble I had with Valium.’

Candid on camera: Matt has turned his past struggles into a new track with girlfriend Amber (Picture: Instagram)

The lyrics go ‘I found my own way out, two feet above the ground’ and Matt blended imagery from his favourite children’s book (Purple Crayon) with a very dark subject.

Explaining there was no shame to his pills confession, the 37-year-old said: ‘I do challenge anyone to f***ing go through what I did. It’s not easy. Having your face and name thrust into the limelight to not have the support from places you would expect — the record label being one of them — that all amounts to a pretty tough time.’

The 2010 X Factor winner admits being cut loose left him dangerously close to being another tragic star.

‘If I don’t talk about it, it’s not helping anyone else in that situation. I didn’t realise how dangerous it was and how close I was to death on a number of occasions because of how recklessly I was abusing it (Valium). How casually I was eating so many pills and drinking so much alcohol. That is how we have lost so many people. There’s no shame in it — it was pretty tough at the time.

‘It was episodes of falling apart,’ he added. ‘Everyone knew who I was but it wasn’t about the music.

‘It was that fight to make it about the music. Not about Matt Cardle from X Factor. I take my music and myself so seriously. That was one of the struggles to be taken seriously, rather than be a face on the TV.’

The Memphis star hit the headlines again last year, with his supposed past links to the Duchess Of Sussex but extinguished rumours immediately.

‘I could have perpetuated my fame more than I wanted to. I could have gone on “Big Brother” and “Celebrity Come Dating” but I said it from the beginning. If I am not known for my music, I don’t want to be known. I don’t just want to be famous. I never wanted that,’ he added.

He said of the nonsense links to Meghan: ‘It made me feel f***ing awful because it was nothing.

‘Other people could have milked it for weeks. Even if there was something behind it, which there wasn’t, I don’t want that kind of attention. I want people to go, “I heard Purple Crayon, it was dope.”

‘If this album takes off and everyone is in my face again… great because it’s about the music. But I’m not going on Dancing On Ice.’

Being up all night’s a stretch for Ariana

Ariana Grande has released a remix of her X-rated track 34+35 (Picture: Instagram)

A leotard-clad Ariana Grande was floored by the reaction to the Doja Cat remix of her X-rated track 34+35 as it stormed up the charts.

Ariana, who is planning her wedding to estate agent fiancé Dalton Gomez, stuck a horizontal pose in heels to spice up the weekend as the track — featuring Megan Thee Stallion — dropped.

She captioned her snap: ‘Can we stay up all night f*** jet lag.’

The 27-year-old previously confessed she was determined to corrupt her Disney-sounding tune saying: ‘I was like, “Yo, what’s the dirtiest-possible, lyric we could write to this?”’

Tyson gave Josh the fight for his life

Josh Franceschi of You Me At Six (Picture: Redferns)

You Me At Six frontman Josh Franceschi says Tyson Fury helped him deal with suicidal thoughts.

The singer, 30, was inspired by the way the boxing champ battled depression before his 2018 return to the ring. And new song Finish What I Started ‘is about a time I was very close to ending my life’, he said.

 In my corner: Josh says Fury helped him beat blues  (Picture: PA)

‘I was lucky I had a support network. I feel Tyson Fury and myself were on the same journey at the same time,’ Josh added.

The rocker is today backing the #YouMonday campaign to highlight mental health issues by hosting an online vegan cooking session.

In tot spot! Rupert’s baby girl is working her magic

Rupert Grint praises his daughter for making him a hit on Instagram (Picture: Instagram)

Rupert Grint’s baby girl Wednesday is the reason he has become the king of Instagram, the actor reckons.

The Harry Potter star and girlfriend Georgia Groome welcomed their daughter into the world back in May and, in November, he joined Instagram — posting a picture of himself holding his daughter.

Rupert’s account then became the fastest to gain 1million followers — in just four hours and one minute.

The 32-year-old said the reaction was ‘surreal’, adding: ‘I think Wednesday broke the internet, personally. She gets the credit.



Guilty Pleasures Tidbits

  • Anne-Marie has detailed a slap in the face like no other. The Don’t Play singer recalled: ‘On tour in South Africa with Rudimental, we got in a cage to see sharks. One swam past then slapped me in the face with its tail. I was in shock.’
  • Britney Spears’ sister Jamie Lynn dubbed Elon Musk’s silent Tesla cars ‘a secret cat killer’. In an online rant, she fumed: ‘Elon Musk, you owe me a couple of cats… they don’t hear the Tesla crank and unfortunate things happen.’
  • Dua Lipa’s fame is on the rise after Joe Biden spilled he is a fan of the British pop siren. The US president-elect has added the 25-year-old’s hit Levitating to Wednesday’s inauguration day ceremony playlist.

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