HE is the previous X Issue winner who performed an unlikely hand in shaping at the moment’s Royal Household.
Matt Cardle, who grew to become essentially the most voted-for winner of the ITV present precisely ten years at the moment, exchanged messages about occurring a date with Meghan Markle shortly earlier than she met future husband Prince Harry.
Matt Cardle says a relationship with Meghan Markle was not meant to beCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
Matt, Meghan and Harry’s lives may all have been totally different had he began courting the then Fits TV star.
Talking to The Solar on Sunday in an unique interview, Matt mentioned: “It was only a very bizarre scenario — very odd. And I actually don’t know the way it happened.
“Life’s obtained a course and I used to be not on that one. I’ve laughed about it, but it surely’s wonderful considering again.”
The pair began swapping messages in 2015 after Meghan, who was single and within the UK on the time, adopted Matt on social media after his award-winning look in West Finish present Memphis.
Matt exchanged messages about occurring a date with Meghan shortly earlier than she met Prince HarryCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
However earlier than the pair may hook up Matt, 37, obtained collectively along with his present girlfriend Amber Hernaman, 29, and Meghan met Harry.
The singer beat One Direction to The X Issue crown in 2010 and went on to earn nearly £5million from his triumph.
However in addition to the ups, there have been downs, and Matt has instructed of his shock at being abruptly reduce unfastened by Simon Cowell’s report label, how he battled dependancy to prescribed drugs and the way he nonetheless bumps into his pal Harry Styles of their native.
Singer Matt’s rise to fame was extraordinary.
Matt, pictured with mentor Dannii Minogue, grew to become essentially the most voted-for winner of The X IssueCredit score: Rex Options
In lower than six months he went from enjoying within the tiny The Bull pub in Halstead, Essex, to promoting a million copies of his first single When We Collide, a canopy of a Biffy Clyro music.
Of his first TV auditions Matt, a former builder, mentioned: “After I turned up it seemed like 200 X Issue winners and me.
“I nonetheless had mastic gum on my boots from work and a hat like Jeremy Corbyn wears as a result of I used to be dropping my hair. It wasn’t look but it surely served a objective to disguise my bald patch.
“I don’t want one now as I’ve had two hair transplants.”
Matt obtained collectively along with his present girlfriend Amber Hernaman earlier than he may hook up with MeghanCredit score: Rex Options
Whereas acting on the truth present, which on the time was pulling in 17million viewers each Saturday night time, he was cooped up in a mansion with the opposite contestants.
He mentioned: “It was fairly claustrophobic. We had been all simply consuming chilly rooster nuggets most nights and being herded round by safety.
“We had been all getting sick and giving one another colds. At this second ten years in the past I’d had the flu, tonsillitis, bronchitis, laryngitis, — the whole lot. I used to be an absolute mess. I don’t understand how I managed to get by it.
“At one level I used to be mendacity in mattress unable to stand up. The X Issue individuals had been like, ‘Look, you can’t do the Saturday present however meaning you’re out’.
Matt carried out at his old style in 2010 earlier than successful The X IssueCredit score: Rex Options
“I used to be having steroid injections in my butt cheeks to get me up and shifting. I used to be very, very near chucking all of it in.”
Within the remaining Matt carried out a duet with megastar Rihanna, with the Umbrella singer wanting gorgeous in a horny, sheer black gown.
Matt described it as “essentially the most surreal expertise ever”.
He added: “When she walked on to the stage, with a gown slit as much as her armpits, I couldn’t imagine it.
Within the remaining Matt carried out a duet with megastar RihannaCredit score: Rex Options
“If I’d thought of that form of stuff on the time, I feel I wouldn’t have been capable of sing correctly.
“She got here as much as me in rehearsals and mentioned, ‘Are you all proper? You look fairly f***ing sick’, and I mentioned, “I’m actually sick. Don’t come too shut”.
“She gave me some ginger and a few throat sweets.”
Matt discovered the celebrity that adopted his win an enormous shock to the system.
I fell for Rihanna
MATT revealed how he nearly floored famous person Rihanna throughout The X Issue remaining.
He mentioned: “Rihanna was so candy. Very bohemian.
“I’d obtained new brogues for the efficiency and on stage it was like standing on ice skates.
“We had been supposed to simply stroll up actually shut to one another on the finish and stand nonetheless.
“However she began circling round me and I went to show round and almost slipped over. I seemed like I’m doing this bizarre dance.
“I almost went down and took her with me.”
He added: “It was freaky. I went again to my mum’s home and mentioned ‘I’m gonna simply nip out within the automotive to Sudbury, which is just a little city close to the place I grew up.
“I walked into this telephone store however on the way in which out somebody stopped me and mentioned, ‘Oh It’s Matt, can I’ve an image?’.
“Earlier than I knew it there was a crowd about 20 deep outdoors the store and a policeman got here barging his means by the individuals and was like, ‘Are you all proper?’.
“I obtained a police escort out of city to my automotive after which residence. It was that stage of insanity.”
Matt discovered the celebrity that adopted his win an enormous shock to the systemCredit score: Getty – Contributor
Sadly, after his winner’s single made it to No 1 on the again of a £1million report contract, it was all downhill for Matt.
Comply with-up music Starlight solely obtained to No 185 and Wonderful limped to No 84.
It led to Matt being dumped by Cowell’s label Syco in 2012.
Matt mentioned: “There’s by no means any communication when it ends.
Matt was dumped by Simon Cowell’s label Syco in 2012Credit score: Rex Options
“There’s no gold watch or image, carriage clock or a pleasant dinner out. It was simply, ‘You’re not with Syco any extra’.
“I did stumble upon him (Simon) on the premiere of a musical he wrote about The X Issue. It was all proper.”
Matt thinks that extra wanted to be performed for actuality present winners after they had been let loose into the actual world.
He added: “There have been a few individuals kind of floating round — , seeing in case you had been all proper — however not in a form of psychological well being means, in a really form of common sense.
Matt thinks extra must be performed for actuality present winners after they’re let loose into the actual worldCredit score: Rex Options
“There was no particular preparation for the affect that such sudden fame was going to have on my life, no, in no way. They need to make use of extra of that on actuality TV throughout the board.”
It was struggling to come back to phrases with fame which led Matt to develop an dependancy to prescribed drugs, resulting in a stint in rehab centre The Priory in 2013.
He mentioned: “The entire present and the entire expertise and fame, it’s troublesome, actually tense.
“I used to be travelling so much, going again and forwards to and from LA. I’m frightened of flying so a buddy mentioned, ‘Have some valium’. After I took it I assumed, ‘Oh my God, for the primary time in two years I really feel relaxed’.
Matt developed an dependancy to prescribed drugs, resulting in a stint in rehabCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
“I’ve all the time preferred to celebration. I used to be fairly comfy with it however I wasn’t conscious of how harmful the sport was I used to be enjoying with prescribed drugs and alcohol.
“I wasn’t conscious of how deadly it was changing into. I used to be dependent inside eight weeks. Inside six months I used to be in The Priory. I’m fairly positive it was a life-saving transfer.”
Now Matt, who has been recording a brand new album and hoped to tour this 12 months earlier than Covid-19 struck, has kicked the prescribed drugs and reduce on his ingesting.
He has lived in North London along with his gorgeous girlfriend Amber for the previous 4 years. She is a challenge supervisor for the Royal School of Physicians and has helped him write the album that he hopes to launch subsequent 12 months.
The singer has lived in North London along with his gorgeous girlfriend Amber for the previous 4 yearsCredit score: Rex Options
Matt, who additionally shares a miniature golden doodle referred to as Ted with Amber, mentioned: “We met in 2015. I used to be sober. That is after the Priory. I wasn’t ingesting and neither was she. It did her good and it did me good and it was nice to have that assist.
“We don’t drink a lot now. We’re simply on the identical web page, two peas in a pod.
“Issues like lockdown, when somebody needs to do the identical issues that you just wish to do each step of the way in which . . . you’ll be able to’t lose.”
However Matt admitted he nonetheless remembers his X Issue days with fondness.
Matt has been recording a brand new album and hoped to tour this 12 months earlier than Covid-19 struckCredit score: Rex Options
He mentioned: “I haven’t spoken to Harry Kinds for some time however I did stumble upon him some time in the past within the pub, really.
“He drinks in my native space and he got here to a celebration so I had a quick chat with him. He appeared very well.
“The X Issue was a tremendous expertise. I made some good associates.”
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