Matt Willis sparks concern as he quits Insta saying: Im an addict trying to stay clean

Matt Willis has announced a break from social media following the premiere of his harrowing documentary Fighting Addiction.

The 40 year old musician, who is one third of pop-rockers Busted alongside Charlie Simpson and James Bourne, posted a statement confirming his decision on Instagram Stories on Thursday.

"I am having some down time and not on social that much right now," he began.

"Thanks for all your incredible messages about The Doc. Sorry I cannot answer all of them. 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."


he added: "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…"

In the documentary, which aired on BBC One earlier this month, Matt opened up on his struggles with hard drugs while at the height of his Busted fame.

Matt was later sober for eight years after the birth of his and wife Emma Willis' two daughters and son, but has been open about his relapse struggles.

"After one of [Busted's reunion] shows, someone offered me a line of coke, and I was like, 'Oh, cocaine wasn’t a problem for me, alcohol was my downfall,'" he said.

"Within a month I was doing six grams on my own every f**king day and not coming home until three in the morning pretending I was working on an album, which I wasn’t really writing, I was making s**t music in the studio doing coke."

Emma – who has presented Big Brother and The Voice UK – weighed in: "We’ve been together for 18 years. Sometimes I feel like I’ve got four kids instead of three. There's been a lot of joy but equally it’s been incredibly heavy at times."


The star himself previously provided an insight to his life as a parent.

“My kids know I don’t drink and I’ve been kind of as open as you can with kids about that. I’ve said it doesn’t work for me, but words like ‘addiction’ and ‘addict’ and stuff are quite scary words," Matt shared.

"My eldest is almost 14, we’re gonna watch [the doc together]. Her friends might watch it and I want to prepare her for that.

"She’s a clever kid. She gets it and she knows who I am now. It will be hard for her to see. I don’t feel like hiding kids away from anything is a good idea."

Matt Willis: Fighting Addiction is available to stream now on BBC iPlayer.

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