Daniella Westbrook: 'Drugs Have Ruined My Looks'

Daniella Westbrook

First Posted: 29/02/2012 08:31 Updated: 29/02/2012 09:26   WENN

Former EastEnders actress Daniella Westbrook has confessed she's lucky to be alive after her cocaine hell - but admits years of drug abuse have destroyed her looks.

The star's long addiction to coke has been well documented and Daniella, who has now been clean of drugs for 11 years, is grateful she managed to kick her habit, which left her face ravaged.

In an interview with Closer magazine, she said: "I couldn't have gone through all those years of drug addiction and come out of it unscathed. It's aged me and it's done things to my face, but I'm lucky to be alive."

It's estimated the star spent a total of £250,000 on drugs, and cocaine took such a strong hold she continued to snort it throughout her first pregnancy.

Daniella, who spent £20,000 on nose reconstruction after her habit caused a collapsed septum, is considering heading to Amy Childs' salon for some discounted Botox, but she admits her years of addiction have left her wary of medical help.

She added: "Once an addict, always an addict. The other day I went to the doctor and he told me to use Vicks to unblock my nose, but I can't do that - just the thought of putting anything up my nose now makes me gag."

DANIELLA THROUGH THE YEARS:

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  • PA NEWS PHOTO 26/3/98 ACTRESS Danniella WESTBROOK ARRIVES WITH HER SON KAI FOR THE MOVIE PREMIERE OF THE FOX'S ANIMATED MOTION ...

    PA NEWS PHOTO 26/3/98 ACTRESS Danniella WESTBROOK ARRIVES WITH HER SON KAI FOR THE MOVIE PREMIERE OF THE FOX'S ANIMATED MOTION PICTURE "ANASTASIA" AT THE ODEON LEICESTER SQUARE, LONDON

  • Beauty/Westbrook & van Outen

    Actresses Danniella Morgan (formerly Westbrook) and Denise van Outen attend a post-show party at Home House in Portman Square, London, following the first night of a re-cast 'Beauty and the Beast' musical at the Dominion Theatre.

  • EastEnders/ Candyfloss

    Members of the cast of TV soap EastEnders relax at Brighton during a break. From left: Danniella Morgan, who stars as Sam; Todd Carty, who plays Mark and Tamzin Outhwaite, who plays Melanie .

  • 2009 Tric Awards - London

    Danniella Westbrook arrives at the Tric Awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, central London.

  • The Princess Diaries Westbrook

    Danniella Westbrook with her fiance Kevin Jenkins, her son her son Kai, five, and his daughter Jordan, seven, at the premiere in Covent Garden central London of the Walt Disney film The Princess Diaries.

  • "SCOOBY DOO" LONDON FILM PREMIERE.

    Danniella WESTBROOK ATTENDS THE "SCOOBY DOO" FILM PREMIERE IN LONDON.PICTURE: UK PRESS

  • Westbrook & Windsor Rainbow Trust

    Actresses Barbara Windsor (R) and Danniella Westbrook arrive at Le Meridien Grosvenor House Hotel in central London, for 12th annual Rainbow Trust Ball, in aid of the charity which helps terminally ill children and their families.

  • Danniella Westbrook - Ya-Ya Sisterhood

    Former Eastenders actress Danniella Westbrook arrives at the UK screening of The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, at the Warner Village, Leicester Square.

  • Danniella Westbrook Two Weeks Notice

    Danniella Westbrook and her husband Kevin Jenkins arrive for the UK premiere of Two Weeks Notice at Warner West End in London's Leicester Square. The romantic comedy, directed by Marc Lawrence stars Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock.

  • THE '2 FAST 2 FURIOUS' UK PREMIERE

    Danniella WESTBROOK ATTENDS THE '2 FAST 2 FURIOUS' PREMIERE IN LONDON.PICTURE: UK PRESS

  • SCARY MOVIE 3 LONDON PREMIERE

    Danniella WESTBROOK ATTENDS THE 'SCARY MOVIE 3' PREMIERE IN LONDON.PICTURE: UK PRESS

  • Pia Michu and Inanch VIP Collection launch - London

    Daniella Westbrook arrives to the Pia Michi collection launch. London

  • Children's Champions 2010 - Arrivals

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 03: Danniella Westbrook arrives at the Children's Champions 2010 Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel, on March 3, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

  • TV Quick & Tv Choice Awards - Champagne Reception

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 07: **UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT** Daniella Westbrook and Steve McFadden attend the TV Quick & TV Choice Awards Champagne reception held at The Dorchester on September 7, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

  • Gillian Tayleforth and Daniella Westbrook

    LONDON - JULY 14: British actresses Gillian Tayleforth and Daniella Westbrook arrive for the premiere of the film 'Stuart Little 2' at Planet Hollywood on July 14, 2002 in London. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

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