"The X Factor" U.K. 2010 winner Matt Cardle is reportedly in rehab for addictions to Valium and temazepam, according to The Sun. On Dec. 30, 2013, Cardle tweeted a hand-written letter, which did not confirm or deny the report, but did allude to health issues: “I want to thank my fans for all your lovely messages of support. I'm getting myself better ... I want to be ready to give it 110 per cent on tour next year. I love you all and will see you the other side. Happy New Year!"
On Jan. 3, 2014, One Direction's Harry Styles tweeted in response to Cardle's letter: "See you soon brother .x"
One Direction came in third place on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2010.
An unnamed "friend" of Cardle's told The Sun: "Matt is all over the place at the moment. 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. 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. He began to realize he had a problem and decided to do something about it and get clean before his tour."
Cardle's first album, "Letters," debuted at No. 2 in the U.K. when it was released in 2011 by Syco Music/Columbia Records. Cardle and Syco/Columbia announced that they had parted ways in May 2012. In October 2012, Cardle's second album, "The Fire" (released on independent label So What Recordings), debuted at No. 8 in the U.K.
Cardle's third album, "Porcelain," debut at No. 11 after it was released in the U.K. on Oct. 28, 2013. Most critics' reviews for "Porcelain" have been positive. Cardle self-released the album.
The "Porcelain" album's singles so far are "Loving You" (a duet with Mel C) and "When You Were My Girl," which have been getting airplay on BBC Radio 2. "Loving You" was a No. 14 hit on the U.K. singles chart.
Feb. 2, 2014 update: In an exclusive interview with The Sun on Sunday, Cardle admitted that he was in rehab for addictions to prescription drugs (especially Valium) and alcohol. He said in the interview that “The doctor said to me if I’d been left to my own devices for another three or four weeks I might not be here now. Any time I started to feel stressed I would lean on the drugs and drink.” Cardle also said, “I was so out of it — I was like a zombie.” He also described incidents in which he often collapsed in public and he once almost choked to death on his own vomit.