Michelle Heaton's husband breaks silence after she enters rehab

Michelle Heaton's husband Hugh Hanley has praised his wife's 'strength' as he breaks his silence after it was revealed she is receiving treatment in rehab after turning to alcohol to cope with the effects of a string of operations.

Sharing a touching tribute to Michelle, 41, on Instagram, Hugh said 'you are doing your family proud' and shared a candid black-and-white snap of the former Liberty X singer sitting on a beach.

Michelle underwent a hysterectomy in 2012 and a double mastectomy in 2015, to reduce her risk of cancer and entered a rehabilitation facility on Wednesday, after reportedly finding herself struggling while in lockdown.

Loving family: Michelle Heaton's, 41, husband Hugh Hanley has praised his wife's 'strength' as he breaks silence after it was revealed she is receiving treatment in rehab

Loving family: Michelle Heaton's, 41, husband Hugh Hanley has praised his wife's 'strength' as he breaks silence after it was revealed she is receiving treatment in rehab

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Supportive: Sharing a touching tribute to Michelle on Instagram, Hugh said 'you are doing your family proud' and shared a candid black-and-white snap of her

Supportive: Sharing a touching tribute to Michelle on Instagram, Hugh said 'you are doing your family proud' and shared a candid black-and-white snap of her

Hugh's full message read: 'No one should ever suffer in silence but it takes real strength to speak up and do something about it … @wonderwomanshel you are doing your family proud.'

The happy couple share two children, Faith, nine, and Aaron, seven.

A spokesperson for Michelle confirmed to MailOnline that Michelle was at a rehabilitation facility and has the support of her family and friends.

A source told The Sun at the time: 'She realised she needed to get help when she'd increasingly turned to alcohol as a crutch as she couldn't cope with the effects of her operations.

Hugh (pictured) wrote: 'No one should ever suffer in silence but it takes real strength to speak up and do something about it … @wonderwomanshel you are doing your family proud'

Hugh (pictured) wrote: 'No one should ever suffer in silence but it takes real strength to speak up and do something about it … @wonderwomanshel you are doing your family proud' 

Rehab: Michelle is receiving treatment in rehab after reportedly turning to alcohol during lockdown and in a bid to cope with the effects of a string of operations

Rehab: Michelle is receiving treatment in rehab after reportedly turning to alcohol during lockdown and in a bid to cope with the effects of a string of operations

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'Michelle was left feeling like she had lost so much of what made her a woman and when she went into early menopause that brought with it a whole other collection of problems.

'She was just about coping when lockdown hit last year, but the effect of being at home and being unable to distract herself, saw her hit rock bottom.' 

The death of her close friend Nikki Grahame has also taken its toll on Michelle in recent weeks. 

Medical history: The singer underwent a hysterectomy in 2012 and a double mastectomy in 2015, to reduce her risk of cancer, as well as experiencing an early menopause

Medical history: The singer underwent a hysterectomy in 2012 and a double mastectomy in 2015, to reduce her risk of cancer, as well as experiencing an early menopause

Earlier this month, Michelle hit back at a cruel troll who blamed her for Nikki death from anorexia, aged 38.

She took to Instagram to slam a social media user for the horrible abuse aimed at her after she admitted feeling 'scared' to visit Big Brother star Nikki during her final days.

Defending herself online, Michelle told the troll that 'those words can break someone on the edge', as she defiantly added: 'I feel sorry for you'.

Fighting back: Earlier this month, Michelle hit back at a cruel troll who blamed her for Nikki death from anorexia, aged 38

Fighting back: Earlier this month, Michelle hit back at a cruel troll who blamed her for Nikki death from anorexia, aged 38

Following the tragic news about Nikki, Michelle penned an open letter in which she admitted that she was hesitant about seeing the TV personality in such a fragile state as she looked back on happier times.

But one troll fired abuse at her, telling her that she was 'never there' for her friend and that Nikki died because of her.

Sharing a screenshot of the nasty messages, Michelle fumed: 'Who ever this piece of s*** is... I feel sorry for you. You need a hug. You never know what anyone is going through. 

'However, to tell me I was reason she died ... wow ... I just hope if you loose someone you love you DO NOT get told it's your fault... coz.. who ever u r .. your lucky I've been through and seen so much I'm not easy to crack. [sic].

Shocking: She took to Instagram to slam a social media user for the horrible abuse aimed at her after she admitted feeling 'scared' to visit Big Brother star Nikki during her final days

Shocking: She took to Instagram to slam a social media user for the horrible abuse aimed at her after she admitted feeling 'scared' to visit Big Brother star Nikki during her final days

'Who ever you are .. those words can break someone on the edge. I see u have one follower ... who ever follows you report this piece of s***.' [sic].

She concluded: 'I've been Called many things in my life... this is the lowest of them all. You need hugs. X.' (sic)

The twisted individual had told Michelle: 'Just like her you're talentless and have zero knowledge on intelligent stuff air head bimbo.'

They then cruelly ranted: 'You was never there for her she died because of you, you was too weak just like you said!' 

Defiant: Sharing a screenshot of the nasty messages, Michelle fumed: 'Who ever this piece of s*** is... I feel sorry for you. You need a hug. You never know what anyone is going through'

Defiant: Sharing a screenshot of the nasty messages, Michelle fumed: 'Who ever this piece of s*** is... I feel sorry for you. You need a hug. You never know what anyone is going through'

Following Michelle's take down of the troll, her fans were quick to praise her for standing up for herself, while others revealed they had reported the person. 

On Saturday, the Liberty X star admitted that she was

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