Michelle Heaton shows off bikini body as she admits to using filters in the past

Michelle Heaton explained why she previously used filters for her photos in a brave Instagram post featuring snaps of herself on the beach in Tenerife.

While away on Playa Abama, the former Liberty X band member has shared photos of her in a swimsuit and told followers of her personal experiences with photo editing.

The singer said: “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.”

Michelle added: “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..

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

"Maybe I will sometimes still do it. Don’t hate on those who create a perfect image .. sometimes we feel forced into doing so because of the online abuse we get of pictures like these I’ve put up today.”

“I have no doubt I will or would have been scrolling down at some unpleasant very damaging comments at my scars sags and age. Unfortunately no matter how hard we try to only see the good and beautiful comments one bad can cause so much pain!”

Michelle has also told her followers she was working her way through the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and recently shared more personal accounts to inspire others to "not hit rock bottom."

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Shared her progress in a post last week, she told fans: “Today, it may seem like the end of the world to you, but there are hundreds and thousands like you. I was one. Almost SIX months ago, i accepted I was powerless over my addictions.

"I thought it was the end. I thought I would fail I thought there was no hope…

"But it was just my beginning.. a beginning of a new way of life. A better way of life. One filled with hope, faith and courage.”

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She continued: “Where there was pain, danger and sadness. We will all have our own journey. We all have our own recovery. But the solution is there for us all! You don’t need to hit as rock bottom like I did.

The pop star and columnist uses her Instagram to give hope to people who may be feeling the same.

Michelle’s post last week concluded: “Admitting is the first step.. what you do after that step can bring you a life beyond your wildest dreams. In short, A life without addictions.”

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