‘X-Factor’ Winner Matt Cardle Off to Rehab

By Shawn Dwyer 12/30/13

The 30-year-old 'When We Collide' singer has joined a 28-day program for prescription drug addiction.

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Singer Matt Cardle, who shot to stardom in 2010 after winning the seventh series of the original British version of X-Factor, has entered The Priory treatment facility in London, England after realizing he had a problem with prescription pills.

Allegedly, Cardle began taking temazepam and Valium in order to deal with the stress of releasing his past two albums on an independent label following a split from his previous label. According to insiders, the amount of work he put into the records became overwhelming. "His last two albums have done well in the charts, but the amount of work he has had to put in has been unreal and it all started to get too much for him,” said an undisclosed friend. "In order to calm himself down he started taking Valium and then temazepam, but things got so bad that he couldn't get up in the morning without taking pills.”

While Cardle has yet to confirm the reports, he did offer a glimpse into his current mindset by tweeting, “Never in my life have I ever needed the soothing sounds of Sir David Attenborough as I do right now... Thankyou [sic] David.”

Cardle won X-Factor with the hit single, "When We Collide," which topped the U.K. and Irish charts, and became the second biggest-selling single of 2010.

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