Daniella Westbrook: 'Drugs Have Ruined My Looks'
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:
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.
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)