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Michael Opens-up About His Alcoholism

During an early morning chat, Michael opened-up to Rula about his battle against the bottle today.

As the pair pottered around the kitchen at around 8am this morning, Rula first asked Michael how close he was to his parents.

The troubled comedian said that he misses the unconditional love you get from them, and revealed that his drinking problems started when his father-in-law died.

"That's when I started to lose it," he said, having been very close to his ex-wife Cheryl's dad, Eddie.

"Did you need to be told that you had a problem, or did you realise yourself?" quizzed Rula, prompting a concise response: "People hint".

About being an alcoholic, Michael insisted that it's a progressive disease and mentioned the late George Best, saying about the legendary football player, "He couldn't help himself".

"Every alcoholic would like to just have a glass of wine, but one's too many and a thousand isn't enough," he said.

Mike went on to say that he would regularly go for a drink in the bar after shows, but when everybody else left he would stay-on and drink on his own.

The conversation concluded with Michael, who's been off the booze for nearly five years, claiming that he feels a lot healthier now.

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