Veteran singer/songwriter Marianne Faithfull had to undergo a course of rehab last year (13) after becoming hooked on morphine as she recovered from a broken back.

The British star, who kicked a crippling heroin addiction in the 1980s, was forced to cancel a string of concerts after suffering a serious injury in a fall at a hotel in Los Angeles.

She was prescribed opiates for pain relief during her months of recovery but was disgusted when she realised she was hooked on the medication, and was pleasantly surprised when medics helped to wean her off the drugs within days.

The As Tears Go By hitmaker tells Mojo magazine, "Oh God, it was awful. Actually, I never took morphine in my life. Junkies hate morphine. It's not fun. It's just a painkiller. My dear doctor in Paris said, 'You're not going to be able to come off this on your own, are you?'. I said, 'Nooope (sic). I am not.' And bugger me, he got me off in a week."

Faithfull also reveals she had to wait a year for an insurance payout over the injury because her hard-partying reputation preceded her, adding, "They are b**tards. Of course, it was, 'Oh Marianne Faithfull... well she must have been on alcohol and drugs.'"