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S Club's Jo O'Meara opens up on secret battle with 'dangerous' gambling addiction

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Lorraine and spoke candidly to the host about her addiction to fruit machines at the height of her fame.Speaking in her first TV interview since revealing she had a problem, Jo explained to Lorraine, 62, that she turned to gambling when she was part of the band as a form of escapism.READ MORE: Strictly's Giovanni Pernice hints at leaving dancer role as he opens up on BBC future"It became a bit of a thing.

With the band, it was so busy and so hectic, I just used it as a bit of escapism to run away with myself for a little while," she said.She added: "I got caught up in the flashing lights and getting the three sevens or leprechauns, or whatever it would be.

It was just a bit too much fun."Lorraine asked whether Jo's former band members were aware of what was happening to her, to which she responded: "Yeah, they did.""When we used to travel around the county, it was like, ‘Where’s Jo?’ Everyone would know - ‘Oh, she’s on the fruit machines.’ But it was just what I did," Jo continued.Jo confirmed that none of her band members thought it was problem as she said: "It was just what I did."The Reach for the Stars singer admitted she never realised she had a problem, saying: "I don’t think I ever did.

When I look back I think, ‘I shouldn’t really have been doing that’, because what you learn as you get older is you never win.” The Celebrity Big Brother star revealed that gambling was never about the money for her, but instead about beating the machines and the excitement of it.

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