Matt Willis‘ emotional documentary on his battles with drink and drug addiction has been lauded by viewers as ‘brave, bold, honest TV’ after it aired on Wednesday night.
The moving BBC film, titled Fighting Addiction, saw the Busted star open up on his battles with addiction and subsequent recovery.
Many viewers praised Matt’s wife Emma for standing by him and offering her support during his battle with addiction, with one viewer branding the documentary ‘the most powerful thing they’ve watched in years.’
In the film, the presenter broke down in tears as she shared fears that Matt could relapse at any time, while revealing she kept a daily diary of his drug use at the height of his addiction.
She also shared fears that Matt could relapse while on tour with Busted, after it was announced that the band will reunite for a run of concerts later this year.
Heartbreaking: Matt Willis’ emotional documentary on his battles with drink and drug addiction has been lauded by viewers as ‘brave, bold, honest TV’ after it aired on Wednesday
Moving: Many viewers praised Matt’s wife Emma for standing by him and offering her support during his battle with addiction
The first scene of the documentary showed Emma opening the diary she kept in 2008, which detailed Matt’s daily alcohol and drug use.
One of the diary’s pages showed that Emma had written Matt was ‘totally p***ed’.
She told the cameras: ‘The only thing I could think of to keep track, was to keep a diary.
‘I don’t think I’ve ever read it since I wrote it. It’s literally just notes of… what I knew he had consumed.
‘A bottle of champagne, a couple of wines, a couple of wines… another bottle of champagne, and more.’
Emma also revealed that she would go to all the local pubs to try and find Matt, but he would deliberately go to places she wasn’t aware of.
She added: ‘I was so scared he would die,’ while admitting that living with someone with addiction was ‘unpredictable’ and ‘anxiety-inducing’.
Later in the documentary, Emma admitted that she is concerned Matt could relapse again when Busted head out on tour later this year, after he did so during their last reunion in 2016.
Insight: In the film, the presenter broke down in tears as she shared fears that Matt could relapse, while revealing she kept a daily diary of his drug use
Insight: She also shared fears that Matt could relapse while on tour with Busted, after it was announced that the band will reunite for a run of concerts later this year
Speaking to the camera she said: ‘Matt’s always had issues but they seem to really kick in when he’s on tour.
‘I know he doesn’t wanna be that person but is his brain going to trick him and go, ‘just one more time, no one will know. That’s the worry.’
In his early 20s the singer said couldn’t get to lunchtime without drugs or alcohol.
Later, on the 2017 tour, he ‘was doing six grams (of cocaine) on my own every day and not coming home until three in the morning’ – a month after he started taking the drug again.
The film was universally praised by viewers on social media, with some particularly lauding Emma for standing by Matt during his struggles.
One posted: ‘Raw. Honest. So many wow moments &overall learning about addiction & associated medical facts & its impact.’
‘What a lovely, genuine and strong couple,’ another posted.
A third added: ‘Sad, uplifting, upsetting, inspiring. @EmmaWillis is remarkable woman. And I really hope @mattwillis is able to stay sober with her undying love and help. They come across as a lovely couple.’
One fan also tweeted: ‘Respect, strength and love to #emmawillis #mattwillis #fightingaddiction beautiful souls. This will save so many addicts in the same position. Thank you, big love.’
Important: The film was universally praised by viewers on social media, with some particularly lauding Emma for standing by Matt during his struggles
Important: One viewer branded the BBC documentary ‘the most powerful thing they’ve watched in years’
The star candidly admitted he would ‘gaslight’ Emma into thinking she was crazy during the height of his addiction struggles.
During heavy binges Matt revealed he even left notes saying he was ‘sorry’ to his now wife, when he was convinced he wouldn’t wake up the next day.
During an appearance on Wednesday’s Lorraine, Matt said he worried about relapsing on the upcoming Busted tour after previously relapsing during the band’s last reunion in 2016.
He said: ‘I’m always a bit worried about relapsing, it’s a chronically relapsing thing addiction.
‘I have certain things in place every day which I do which I’m very, very particular about and I feel like I have to be. I felt quite selfish at times because it’s my main priority. But then without that, everything else falls to piece.’
He added of bandmates James Bourne and Charlie Simpson: ‘Luckily the boys are amazing and they love me and want me to be well. And we have a job to do so it’s in everyone’s interest for me to not be wrecked.
‘I feel good about that right now, everything is in a good place with Busted right now.’
Meanwhile, while Busted have shown support for the rocker, so too has his wife Emma Willis, though Matt admitted that she was reluctant to film the documentary.
He told Lorraine Kelly of his wife: ‘Emma took some talking to to get involved with this because we’ve been quite private with our lives and never really opened up before.
‘I felt like that was such a powerful part to it, it was kind of like, she went through everything with me and stuck by me through everything and a lot of people at times told her not to.
‘But he saw something in me and she knew she could help and she did massively.’