Michelle Heaton has admitted to her followers that she uses filters to enhance her body in her snaps as she debuted an unedited bikini photo.

The 42-year-old star showed off her tiny waist and toned pins in a tiny white bikini as she posed up a storm on the beach in Tenerife.

She stared off into the distance as her brunette locks cascaded over her shoulder in loose beachy waves.

In another shot she leant down and smouldered towards the camera on all-fours.

The last pic was a selfie of the former Liberty X singer, which she had edited to show how easy it was to fool her fans.

Captioning the string of empowering snaps, she wrote: “I’ve been guilty of the below: We all use filters let’s be honest! Some make themselves slimmer (but we can see the distortion babes)…

“Some are so ashamed or carry the weight of feeling self conscious of our scars and saggy bits that is only how god made us to be – our own body…

“Just taking them now, hands up, went to smooth.. Away the saggy stomach of carrying babies … the scars on my boobs from the double mastectomy…

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“The scar on my heart from abusing diet pills when young … my hysterectomy scars what were once my babies delivery scars…

“If honest there’s prob more. Maybe I will sometimes still do it. Don’t hate on those who create a perfect image ..

She added that she often felt “forced” into editing her pictures to avoid online trolling.

Michelle said: “I have no doubt I will or would have been scrolling down at some unpleasant very damaging comments at my scars sags and age…

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“Unfortunately no matter how hard we try to only see the good and beautiful comments one bad can cause so much pain!…

“So today I embrace that – might not happen often but I can today! And I’ve thrown in a touched up fake me at the end .. I don’t look like that I look like this xx #love #bebrave #bekind.”

Her army of fans rushed to the comments to praise the star on her bravery and honesty.

“Don’t be ashamed of your body it has carried babies, fought illness and abuse but it still looks good!!!” said one follower.

“Beautiful in all pics hun, thanks for sharing and keeping it real for us mummas and women,” wrote another admirer.

A third commented: “It’s good to see real life photos! You look amazing!”

The stunning pics come as Michelle has been chronicling her recovery from alcoholism as she nearly reaches her sixth month of sobriety.

Michelle revealed she was working her way through the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and was currently on Step Nine, which entailed making amends with her mother Christine during her holiday.

If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Alcoholics Anonymous for free support on 0800 9177 650 or email [email protected]

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