Kerry Katona has opened up on her three marriages, alleging her third husband George Kay – who died in 2019 – threatened to rape her during their relationship.
The former Atomic Kitten singer said she felt a huge sense of ‘shame’ at being a victim of domestic abuse during her relationship with Kay, as she opened up in a no-holds-barred interview with Ulrika Jonsson.
Kerry was married to Kay – who died from an overdose in 2019 – from 2014-2017.
Saying she found it ‘impossible’ to end their marriage, the interview with Ulrika for The Sun noted Kerry once hid in a cupboard to escape Kay’s abuse.
Kerry told Ulrika: ‘It’s so hard to leave. It’s impossible. Anyone who knows, knows,’ as the former Gladiators presenter noted: ‘Kerry documents his physical abuse without much emotion. Constant beatings, coercive control, degradation, threats…’
Ulrika wrote: ‘She recalls the times he would be covering up the bruises on her body with make-up ahead of public appearances.
‘For Kerry, the worst part was her oldest daughter having to witness George’s treatment of her. The sense of shame was overwhelming.
‘George’s mental health deteriorated and his need of drugs increased. At one point, he threatened to rape her and her mum and harm their daughter. Kerry was forced to hide herself and her daughter in a cupboard.’
But the 40-year-old singer – who has children Molly, 19, and Lilly-Sue, 18 with first husband Brian McFadden, Heidi, 14, and Maxwell, 13, with former spouse Mark Croft, and seven-year-old DJ with Kay – insisted she would rather George physically attacked her than spat in her face.
She said: ‘The worst thing he did was spit in my face. I got to the point where I would rather take a good beating than have him spit in my face.’
Speaking about her marriages, Kerry said she believed her own troubled childhood left her desperate for a ‘perfect family set-up’.
The star explained: ‘I was in and out of foster care. Worked as a lapdancer. I was doing drugs at 14 and when Atomic Kitten broke up I went back to live with my mum and the drugs started all over again, because if you lie down with dogs you’re going to get fleas.
‘There was always a little girl inside me wanting someone to look after me, but I realise now that I’m the only one who can look after me…
‘I didn’t stop to realise how much my kids loved me. It wasn’t so much that they needed a dad, it was me craving that nuclear family.
“But marriages aren’t families. And the failures made me want to try again.’
Kerry has now found love with fiance Ryan Mahoney and thinks things are different this time round, adding: ‘The balance of power lies with me. I interviewed him on our first date. I wanted to make sure he was going to be suitable for me and my life.’
Domestic abuse helpline
If you are in immediate danger call 999. If you cannot talk, dial 55 and the operator will respond.
For emotional support, you can contact the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247. Alternatively, for practical and emotional support, please contact Women’s Aid Live Chat 10am – 6pm seven days a week.
For free and confidential advice and support for women in London affected by abuse, you can call Solace on 0808 802 5565 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Male victims of domestic abuse can call 01823 334244 to speak to ManKind, an initiative available for male victims of domestic abuse and domestic violence across the UK as well as their friends, family, neighbours, work colleagues and employers.
Alternatively, the Men’s Advice Line can be reached at 0808 8010327, or emailed at email@example.com.
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