Where is X Factor winner Matt Cardle now? How the former plasterer’s life has changed since beating One Direction

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Matt Cardle won The X Factor back in 2010, securing a £1 million record deal with Simon Cowell’s label Syco.

His debut single, a cover of Biffy Clyro’s ‘When We Collide', went straight to number one.

In the final he beat both Rebecca Ferguson and a little known boyband called One Direction… so unfortunate that they never really took off!

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But now, over ten years on from winning the talent show, we take a look at where Matt Cardle is now…

Who is Matt Cardle?

Matt Cardle is a 37-year-old singer and performer. He was originally a plasterer, and rose to fame on The X Factor.

The star was born in Southampton but grew up in Halstead, Essex.

After winning the hit show his album Letters went to number two in the charts, and he enjoyed a successful nationwide tour.

What did Matt Cardle do after the X Factor?

After the tour he split from Syco and went on to release two more albums under two different labels, however in 2013 he checked into rehab for addictions to drink and drugs, specifically valium.

Speaking in an interview with The Sun On Sunday, the star said at the time: "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.

"To be told it is life or death, I was like, 'Hold on a minute, how have I come to this? How has it got this bad?'"

On the topic of the peak of his addiction, Matt revealed: "I didn't have my wits about me to even count how many I'd taken. It was a lethal situation.

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"Towards the end I was so out of it I was asking people around me how many pills they'd seen me eat.

"That little word in front of the drug, 'prescription', gave it an air of safety for me.

"But it's the total opposite – they are so highly addictive both physically and mentally."

What is Matt Cardle doing now?

Now recovered, the handsome singer is still working in music. In fact his fourth album Time to Be Alive was released by Sony in 2018.

He has also starred on the stage, playing the role of Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar at the Barbican in 2019. Additionally he was the lead in a production of Memphis.

Last month he released his song Purple Crayon about his valium addiction, crediting his girlfriend Amber Hernaman for helping him.

He told Guilty Pleasures: "Amber has been writing with me. We wrote (new track) Purple Crayon together,’ he said. ‘She is brilliant.

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"We sing in the studio, party and get up to no good just for fun.

"Then all of a sudden she was like, 'Why don’t we write a song?' We did, and Purple Crayon came out.

"The sentiment of the song is about the trouble I had with Valium."

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