Adam Ant hopes his sectioning was ''illegal''.

The 'Prince Charming' hitmaker - who has a history of bipolar disorder - was detained under the mental health act in 2010 and while he admits his problems were a ''long time coming'', he still hopes it will be found that his hospitalisation was a mistake.

He said: ''Being sectioned was like a big test, we've all got tests in our life, these disasters. Mine was a long time coming really, but what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

''Being sectioned unfortunately is extremely easy in this country, to have someone sectioned. There are figures that come out, even last week saying that at least 2,000 sectionings were done quite illegally by doctors who were not qualified to do them - hopefully one of them was mine. You just don't know.''

Adam, 58, believes his problems can be attributed to his showbiz lifestyle, comparing them to being part of a ''war zone''.

Adam - whose real name is Stuart Goddard - exclusively told BANG Showbiz: ''The kind of lifestyle I was leading, when you work to the point of beyond exhaustion and you take no time off at all, the buck stops with you, something's got to give.

''It's like being in a warzone and coming out - you're not the same person you were afterwards then when you were coming in, you've gone from that innocent little lamb and you've taken quite a kicking emotionally and you don't realise it.

''It took time, 20 years to catch up with me, all this depression about it.''

Adam's comeback single 'Cool Zombie' is out now while his new album 'Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter' is out next month.