FRIENDS of pop star Matt Cardle have welcomed news he is out of rehab.

Matt, 30, revealed a month ago he had checked into the Priory clinic, Chelmsford, just after Christmas battling a prescription drug addiction.

But the 2010 X-Factor winner, from Little Maplestead, has now revealed he is on the road to recovery, and off both booze and drugs.

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