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Saturday 16 December 2017

Diet pills damaged my heart -- Michelle

Michelle Heaton has revealed how her abuse of diet pills led her to develop the serious heart condition which made her recent pregnancy more complicated than usual.

The new mum (32) jetted back to Dublin to appear on last night's Late Late Show to speak about giving birth to her first child with hubby Hugh Hanley, a little girl named Faith.

Looking svelte in a fitted scarlet dress, she explained how she used the banned amphetamine-based pills from the ages of 17-21 as she tried to make it as a pop star.

"It was a vanity thing. I was young, I was dancing and auditioning for bands and being told repeatedly 'you need to be this size or that size'," she said.

And the star said that having a heart problem called Mobitz Type 1 made going into labour unexpectedly "very, very frightening".

She was due to have a C-section on January 18 but her waters broke early and she had to be rushed to hospital in the early hours.

mfinn@herald.ie

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