Gateshead Star Michelle Heaton Excited For First Sober Christmas

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Gateshead singer and personal trainer Michelle Heaton said she is ‘nervous’ and ‘excited’ for her first sober Christmas, as she has recently celebrated a huge milestone.

Heaton, 42, is Mam to two children Faith and AJ whom she shares with fellow personal trainer husband Hugh Hanley. 

She told Lorraine that she is celebrating being 8 months sober and is preparing for her first Christmas ‘without an alcoholic beverage’ in her hand.


She added “I’m really excited, a little bit nervous, I’m really interested to find out how others keep the joy in their life without alcohol” as she took part in a special report for the TV show, and chatted to two fellow women who decided to ditch the booze for good.

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Michelle recently took part in a festive family photoshoot with OK!

Gateshead star Michelle Heaton Celebrates Sober Milestone with Family Festive Pictures

Michelle completed a 12-step rehab programme, and is hoping to use her platform to help others. 

“I suppose my hopes and goals is to continue my journey absolutely but to give it back, too. To give it back I remain more sober, and when I say more sober, I’m obviously sober, but it’s just a term that we use.”

“I want to work in all areas in sobriety and to spread the programme around, whether it’s working with kids, youths of today, hospitals, hospices and prisons alike, that’s my goal next year, 2022.“

She also added “I’m telling you all you can have a life of freedom if you want it.”

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Gateshead Star Michelle Heaton Excited For First Sober Christmas

After entering The Priory, Heaton has celebrated over 200 days sober. 

“It feels so surreal that I’m past 200 days clean and sober. To have that freeness and not have the obsession every single day, and the obsession was that I had to have the drink, and I’m free from that.”

Michelle’s family, including husband Hugh, are so proud of her and “how far she has come” over the past year. 

If you or someone you know is seeking help with alcohol or drug addictions, please visit the NHS website for advice.


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