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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Matt Cardle spoke about his past struggles with addiction (Image: Getty).
Matt Cardle thinks Amber Hernaman’s girlfriend was helping him make sweet music about her past addiction to Valium.
The amazing singer revealed the recipe for their romance’s success by dropping Meghan Markle’s songs into the long grass – and explained that he can’t help but think of dishonour after his X Factor tour left him near death.
Amber wrote with me. We wrote (the new title) Purple Pencil together, he said. She’s great.
We sing in the studio, we have fun and we get in trouble just for fun. Then suddenly she said to herself: Why don’t you write a song? We did, and Purple Pencil came out.
Okay, you got it. She played piano until sixth grade and is a brilliant lyricist. It was great to do this with Amber.
Matt spoke candidly about the song’s dark lyrics and told Guilty Pleasures: The sentimentality of the song is my problem with Valium.
Candidate on camera: Matt turned his past struggles into a new track with his girlfriend Amber (Photo: Instagram)
The text goes like this: I found my own way out, two feet off the ground, and Matt mixed images from his favorite children’s book (The Purple Chalk) with a very dark plot.
The 37-year-old woman explained that there was no shame in admitting she had taken the pills: I challenge anyone to go through what I did. It’s not easy. Your face and your name are in the spotlight because you don’t get support from the places you expect – the record company is one of them – that this is all rather difficult.
The 2010 X Factor winner admits he came dangerously close to becoming another tragic star with his resignation.
If I don’t talk about it, it doesn’t help anyone in this situation. I didn’t realize how dangerous it was and how close to death I came because I was abusing (Valium) so carelessly. How could I accidentally eat so many pills and drink so much booze? That’s how we lost so many people. That’s nothing to be ashamed of. It was pretty tough back then.
These are periods of collapse, he added. Everyone knew who I was, but it wasn’t about the music.
It was the battle of the music. Not on Matt Cardle from X-Factor. I take my music and myself very seriously. One of the challenges was to be taken seriously and not be the face on television.
The Memphis star made headlines again last year with his alleged references to the Duchess of Sussex, but the rumours were immediately quashed.
I was able to perpetuate my fame more than I wanted to. I could have gone with Big Brother and Celebrity Come Dating, but I said it from the start. If I’m 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 said.
He said something about a stupid relationship with Megan: I felt really bad because it didn’t mean anything.
Other people could milk it for weeks. Even if there was something behind it that didn’t happen, I don’t want that kind of attention. I want people to talk: I heard Purple Pencil, it was dope.
If this album catches on and everyone is back for me…. great, because it’s all about the music. But I’m not going to Dancing on Ice.
Staying up all night for Ariana.
Ariana Grande has released a remix of her track classified X 34+35 (Photo: Instagram)
When Ariana Grande hit the charts, Dodge Kat’s remix of her X-rated track 34+35 caused a lot of reaction.
Ariana, who is currently planning her wedding to realtor and fiancé Dalton Gomez, was stuck in a horizontal pose on her heels to brighten up the weekend when a piece – featuring stud Megan Tea – fell off.
She took a picture of him: We can stay up all night.
The 27-year-old has already admitted that she is determined to ruin the Disney song: Yo, what’s the filthiest line you can write on that?
Tyson gave Josh the fight of his life.
Josh Franceschi of You Me At Six (Photo: Redferns)
You Me At Six frontman Josh Franceschi says Tyson Fury helped him deal with his suicidal thoughts.
The 30-year-old singer was inspired by how the boxing champion battled depression before returning to the ring in 2018. And the new song Finish What I Started is about a time when I was very close to ending my life, he says.
In my corner: Josh says Fury helped him beat the Blues. (Photo: PA)
I’m lucky to have a support network. I feel like Tyson Fury and I were on the same journey at the same time, Josh added.
Today, the rocker is supporting the #YouMonday campaign, which aims to raise awareness of mental health issues by hosting an online vegan cooking session.
Bingo! Rupert’s daughter does magic tricks.
Rupert Grint congratulates his daughter for making him a success on Instagram (Photo: Instagram)
Rupert Grint’s granddaughter, Wednesday, is the reason he has become the king of Instagram, the actor believes.
The Harry Potter star and his girlfriend Georgia Groome welcomed their daughter in May, and in November he joined Instagram – with a photo showing him holding his daughter.
Rupert’s account then became the fastest with a million followers – in just four hours and a minute.
The 32-year-old said the reaction was surreal, adding: Personally, I think the environment has destroyed the internet. She deserves the credit.
Pieces of information for a guilty pleasure.
- Anne-Marie, more than anyone else, described the coup in detail. Souvenirs from the singer Don’t Play: When we toured South Africa with Rudimental, we put ourselves in a cage to see the sharks. One of them swam by and hit me in the face with his dick. I was shocked.
- Britney Spears’ sister, Jamie Lynn, called Elon Musk’s cars secret cat killers. In an online tirade, she gulped: Elon Musk, you owe me 200 cats. They can’t hear Tesla’s crying and misery.
- Dua Lipa’s fame grew after Joe Biden overturned the siren song of British pop. US President-elect Barack Obama has added the 25-year-old Levitting tube to the reading list for Wednesday’s inauguration ceremony.
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