Busted star Matt Willis has said he became "addicted" to exercise after battling his drink and drug demons.

Matt, 39, who was the bassist in the pop group between 2000 and 2005, went to London's Priory Hospital to treat his addiction to alcohol and checked in again after a year for drug use.

The musician, who married TV presenter Emma Willis, 46, in 2008, said his obsession became extreme if he missed a gym session.

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He told the Happy Place podcast: "Exercise was a big thing for me… when I found it I was completely and utterly addicted to it," adding: "It was great because everything about it was positive."

He continued: "And then it became a problem where if I didn't or something got in the way of it I was triggered or I became angry or upset."

Matt, who is 13 years sober, said having having his first child changed everything and was a "lightbulb" moment.

He explained: “It was like a lightbulb for me, because I realised life wasn’t what I’d thought it was. I remember looking at her and going ‘Oh no… I’ve been getting everything wrong'.

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“Suddenly everything became about this little thing who needed us so badly and I was filled with fear and dread and anxiety, and I actually felt very inadequate.

“I’ll never forget it, because it completely changed me in every possible way and had more of an impact on me than anything ever has. And it continues to.”

Matt previously said he would "get high" on his asthma inhaler as a child, and became "a massive alcoholic" who used cocaine later in life.

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