Singer’s sleeping pill habit sent her ‘to hell and back’

Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding said she has “been to hell and back” after becoming addicted to sleeping pills.

The 30-year-old star said she took the prescription pills for four years and only kicked the habit after three weeks in rehab in South Africa.

She said: “I’m just glad I survived.

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“My drinking was out of control and I was addicted to sleeping pills. It was an awful combination.”

The chart star – who scored hits such as Love Machine and Biology – with the girl group sought help for depression and alcohol abuse last October when her relationship with DJ Crane fell apart.

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The singer, who said her bandmates had been in touch to support her, plans to concentrate on her acting and music career.