Matt Willis is having some downtime (Picture: PA)
Matt Willis has opened up about his struggles with addiction in a BBC documentary, and he is now limiting his social media usage in the aftermath.
The hard-hitting programme has been a project for Matt, 40, for the past six months, and as well as looking at the science behind addiction it explored the impact it had on his family, particularly wife Emma Willis and their children Isabelle, 13, and Trixie, seven, and Ace, 11.
While the musician has now been sober for five years, he revealed during his last relapse, which happened amid a Busted tour, he would take 6 grams of coke alone every day.
He has now taken to social media to thank people for their outpouring of support and informed them that he was taking a break.
‘I am having some downtime and not on social that much right now.
‘Thanks for all your incredible messages about the documentary. Sorry I cannot answer all of them,’ he wrote.
The impact on Matt’s wife Emma was explored (Picture: Dave Benett/Getty Images for Jaguar Land Rover)
Matt also encouraged his followers to seek help if they are struggling.
‘I am not a trained therapist or counsellor – I am just a drug addict trying to stay clean.
‘If you need help now, there are links at the bottom of the iPlayer videos.
‘Talking about these things is a big step in the right direction, talk to someone, if they can’t help you, talk to someone else.’
He has since shared an Instagram story promoting new Busted single – MMMBop 2.0, but appears to be keeping his usage to a minimum and only posting about the documentary or music.
Busted will be touring later this year (Picture: Kieron McCarron/ITV/Shutterstock)
During the darkest days of his addiction, Emma, 47, remained steadfast in her love and care, and she shared an Instagram post with a lengthy caption showing just how much she’s got his back.
She initially explained why she was ‘nervous’ for the world to see the film: ‘Matt and I have always tried to keep ourselves as private as we can whilst working in a very public industry. So, as you can probably imagine, we’re incredibly nervous about this film going out into the world.’
‘As humans, we’re all imperfect, and we shouldn’t feel like we have to hide certain parts of ourselves to be loved. Ultimately it was our love and hard graft that have got us to where we are now.’
Emma is proud of what he created, and who he is: ‘Matt amazes me every day with his resilience, strength, and determination. He is everything to everyone around him and it astounds me that he cannot see what we all see in him.
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