Singer Janet Devlin, who rose to fame aged 16 on The X Factor, has told ITV's Loose Women that she battled alcoholism while still a teenager.

In an interview on Tuesday's show, the 26-year-old from Co Tyrone said: "I moved to Sheffield on my own and I was 17. And in those days life was so hectic and it was amazing. But also, you know, at the end of the day, when you get home you're in your apartment on your own in a different country where you know nobody.

Janet Devlin on the X Factor Live Tour at London's Wembley Arena in March 2012

"So it was definitely very isolating, and when I was in social situations then I did turn to alcohol to give me a bit of a confidence boost.

"I would definitely say by 18 I had a definite problem."

Devlin said she had tried to take her own life during her drinking.

"I don't know in particular the exact moment when it got really dark, but I pretty much just woke up one day with a bottle of gin under my pillow every day," she recounted.

"Before going to work I'd have to get drunk; at night I'd have to get drunk. It really quickly went very downhill for me."

She paid tribute to her mother, describing herself as "so glad every day that I'm not causing her the same pain".

When asked how she had became sober, Devlin replied: "It wasn't really my choice. I tried loads of times to get sober and nothing was really working, but my mum flew over to help me out one time because I'd gone missing for three days again.

Janet Devlin on Alcoholics Anonymous - "In my first meeting it just changed my life. It was like the first day of the rest of my life, really" Screengrab: ITV/Loose Women

"She came over and walked me to the doctor's office, walked me to this clinic that they try and get people sober. And they had no slots left, so somebody slipped me a card for AA and then that's when I went. In my first meeting it just changed my life. It was like the first day of the rest of my life, really."

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Devlin, who came fifth on The X Factor in 2011, releases her new concept album Confessional and autobiography My Confessional on June 5.