Michelle Heaton expresses excitement as she gigs with Liberty X

‘I still pinch myself that at 43 I get to be a pop star!’ Michelle Heaton is unable to contain her excitement as she gigs with Liberty X bandmates Jessica Taylor and Kelli Young

Michelle Heaton was unable to contain her excitement ahead of her performance with her Liberty X bandmates Jessica Taylor and Kelli Young in Bradford on Saturday.

The singer, 43, took to Instagram to give her fans a behind-the-scenes look at the pop group’s gig at the city’s Broadway shopping centre, where they took to the stage for the Christmas lights switch-on.

Sharing a picture of the three members together, Michelle wrote: ‘I still pinch myself that at 43 I get to still be a pop star.’

Born to perform: Michelle Heaton, 43, was unable to contain her excitement ahead of her performance with her Liberty X bandmates Jessica Taylor and Kelli Young on Saturday

Michelle was in good spirits as she performed, whipping the crowd into a frenzy as they danced along to the band’s songs.

Before the concert, the star took to her social media account to share a clip of herself walking to the stage with Jessica, 42, and Kelli, 40.

All three girls seemed excited as they walked with the canes which were featured in the video for the band’s 2002 hit Just A Little.

Strike a pose: The singer took to Instagram to give her fans a behind-the-scenes look at the pop group’s gig at Bradford’s Broadway shopping centre

Making music: Michelle and her bandmates took to the stage for the Christmas lights switch-on at the shopping centre

In style: Michelle dressed in an all-black ensemble for the gig, wearing a sheer top with a pair of skintight leggings and high-heeled boots

Grateful: Michelle took to Instagram to express her delight at still performing with her Liberty X bandmates: ‘I still pinch myself that at 43 I get to still be a pop star’

Michelle was seen cheering along with the crowd as she filmed herself with the group’s fans behind her.

Liberty X was formed by five of the finalists of the 2001 ITV talent show Popstars – Michelle, Jessica, Kelli, Tony Lundon and Kevin Simm – when they failed to make it into the winning group Hear’Say.

They went on to score eight top 10 singles and release three albums. Tony and Kevin no longer perform with the group.

Snap happy: Michelle took a picture of herself in the mirror of the band’s dressing room as Kelli stood behind her

Pre-performance nerves? Before the concert, the star took to her social media account to share a clip of herself walking to the stage with Jessica, 42, and Kelli, 40 (pictured)

Blast from the past: All three girls seemed excited as they walked with the canes which were featured in the video for the band’s 2002 hit Just A Little (Jessica pictured)

Looking back: The group were seen dressed in black leather and PVC while dancing with canes in the video for their popular song

It comes after Michelle battled crippling alcohol addiction, with bosses at her rehabilitation centre warning her she had days to live when she first went into recovery.

She previously admitted she did not go a day without alcohol for three years as she was unable to stop drinking.

Michelle explained it wasn’t a ‘specific event’ that caused her admission into rehab, but she ended up ‘locked away by herself, lying and manipulating situations’.

Busting some moves: Michelle was seen dancing on stage as her bandmate Kelli stood behind her

Putting on a show: Michelle was seen cheering along with the crowd as she filmed herself with the group’s fans behind her

All smiles: She could be seen with a grin on her face as she looked over towards her bandmates while the crowd cheered behind them

Good spirits: Jessica could be seen dancing with her arms in the air and smiling as the group performed

She said of her alcohol abuse: ‘I became very very ill, it was a five year process. About three years it got a bit of a hold on me, I was happy in my addiction.

‘Sometimes it’s difficult to say you have an addiction because at times it feels fun, that’s the reality of it, it [alcohol] was my friend in need.

‘Any feeling, sad, happy, the sun’s shining, a party – any excuse. It got a hold of me really badly.

‘My husband and friends tried an intervention to get me to rehab.

‘I was on deaths door, I was given a couple of days [to live]. I was so ill I had lost so much weight, my skin was translucent, my belly was swollen and hard. I was sick so I could drink more. I’d feel happy so I could drink more. It controlled everything I did.’

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Troubled times: It comes after Michelle battled crippling alcohol addiction, with bosses at her rehabilitation centre warning her she had days to live when she first went into recovery

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