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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.

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