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Katie Price has threatened to "knock down" the person that sold the story about Michelle Heaton entering rehab.
The brave Just A Little singer, 41, has checked into rehab after "turning to alcohol" following her severe medical issues, with a source telling The Sun about the Liberty X star's move.
Her pal Katie, 42, has now taken to Instagram to fume at the unnamed source who leaked the news, begging people to leave Michelle in peace.
The mum-of-five, who exclusively announced she is engaged to partner Carl Woods with OK!, posted a screenshot of the news story to her 2.5million followers, alongside the angry text.
Celeb pals praise Michelle Heaton's 'big step for better future' as Liberty X singer checks into rehab
Liberty X singer Michelle Heaton enters rehab after 'turning to alcohol' following severe health issues
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Katie wrote: "Whoever sold this story on my longtime bestie should be ashamed of themselves and kept this private like her REAL FRIENDS have.
"I KNOW her so called friends done NOTHING TO HELP and if I read ANYTHING ABOUT YOU ALL TRYING TO CASH IN ON HER I WILL KNOCK YOU DOWN!
"Leave her in peace through this difficult time and RESPECT HER I'm the ONLY ONE WHO HAS PROVED TO BE THE REAL FRIEND."
Michelle is believed to have struggled with the side-effects of a hysterectomy in 2012 before a double mastectomy in 2015 to reduce her risk of cancer.
Former Popstars contestant Michelle, has spoken candidly on her Instagram about her menopause during lockdown.
The mum-of-two entered the rehab facility today after "she'd increasingly turned to alcohol as a crutch", according to an insider for The Sun.
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A spokeswoman confirmed that Michelle entered a rehab facility, adding: "Michelle and her family kindly ask that you give her the time she needs to get better and their family the privacy at this time, particularly her young children.
"She has the love and support of her family and friends."
Michelle lives with husband Hugh Hanley, who she married in 2010, and the pair share two children together, Faith Michelle, nine, and Aaron Jay, seven.
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The singer was diagnosed with the a mutated BRCA2 gene in 2012, which left her with an 80 per cent chance of developing breast cancer and a 30 per cent chance of developing ovarian cancer.
Michelle told OK! online last year how the pandemic had an effect on her health, while admitting she had an “unhealthy obsession” with the news.
The singing star said: "I get really wound up with the news and everything that's happening so it takes my concentration and energy away from me and I can't help myself. I find myself falling asleep at night watching the news."
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