Kerry’s shock outburst sparks fears over ‘double life’
While Kerry Katona looked happy and healthy on holiday with new boyfriend Ryan, friends fear that she’s covering up her inner struggles
She appeared carefree and loved-up while frolicking on a beach with new boyfriend Ryan Mahoney in Thailand last week. And an onlooker who spotted Kerry Katona and Ryan – whom she met on dating app Bumble in July – told Closer, “They looked really loved-up. Kerry is clearly smitten with Ryan and was enjoying every moment.”
But just days earlier, the mum of five sparked concern among fans after blasting her first husband, Brian Mcfadden, her former Atomic Kitten bandmates, and even her own children at a PA at the Eagle London bar. Kerry turned up to the club dressed in skintight PVC trousers, a top slashed to her waist and pink and purple hair. Speaking about being unlucky in love, Kerry called Brian “the fat Westlifer”, and asked the audience, “Do you all know my husbands? Cos
I haven’t got a f***ing clue.”
Kerry split from Brian, 38 – father to Molly, 17, and Lillysue, 15 – in 2004, after four years of marriage. She went on to wed cabbie Mark Croft in 2007 and had Heidi, 11, and Maxwell, 10, with him, before splitting in 2011. She then tied the knot with third husband George Kay, 38 – her childhood sweetheart and father to fiveyear-old daughter DJ – in 2014 before parting ways last year.
Continuing her shocking outburst, she said, “Honestly, I’ve got five kids. They go, ‘Mummy, who’s my daddy?’ ‘Well I don’t know, go Google it! I’ve got five kids – I don’t even like kids.”
She also tore into her old bandmates, Liz Mcclarnon, 37, and Natasha Hamilton, 36, saying, “Have any of you
heard of Atomic Kitten? Sorry I got it wrong, have any of you heard of a band called Toxic C***s? Believe it or not, I was a member of that band until they kicked me out.”
Kerry later addressed the night on Instagram, insisting, “I was performing at an over18 gay bar! I wasn’t having a go at anybody, I was telling jokes.”
But the wild night came just a week after bipolar Kerry, who has a history of drink and drug abuse, admitted to her 300,000 Instagram followers that she was still struggling with her mental health. Now insiders fear that Kerry could be leading some kind of double life.
A source says, “Kerry is forever posting inspiring quotes and saying how happy she is and how positive she feels – but inside, she’s struggling. She constantly makes digs about the fathers of her children, and friends wonder if that’s because of her own troubled childhood. Kerry brings up how bad her own mum, Sue, was – the bad men she dated and her drug taking – at every opportunity, and it’s like she can’t let it go.
“Kerry’s secretly worried that if she doesn’t let go of the past, it will ruin her romance with Ryan. When she acts erratically like this, he doesn’t like it and sees a different side to her – butkerry wants to be perfect for him.
“On the outside, she says she feels good and positive, but there’s a double life going on – inside, she’s still angry and bitter about her past. But at nearly 40, and a mother of five herself, her friends feel it’s time for her to let it go.
“Kerry tries to put on a brave face to the outside world, but behind closed doors, she struggles. She spends time in her bedroom crying and has days when she can’t function.”
But one thing Kerry is happy about is her figure, say sources. She lost 2st using her friend, RHOC star Ampika Pickston’s Skinny Revolution weightloss injections last winter in combination with a health-kick.
The star has kept toned with Crossfit and yoga, as well as cutting out booze and eating a mostly vegan diet. Personal trainer Ryan, 30, has been supporting her healthy new lifestyle, too. The source adds, “Having a PT boyfriend is keeping her motivated and Ryan is super-healthy. Kerry knows exercise is so important for her mental health, and being slim and feeling good has boosted her self-esteem, which is understandably fragile after all she’s been through.
“Kerry had a terrible time with George – their divorce is still rumbling on and causing her a lot of anxiety. Having a break with Ryan was just what she needed. It’s rare Kerry has time away from her children, but she’s relishing the chance to have adult time with Ryan and enjoy a relaxing holiday, like any young couple. Kerry says Ryan isn’t like the other men she’s been with – he’s a down-to-earth guy who wants a simple life. She hopes he’s here to stay and feels it’s time she had some happiness.”
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… and even took a swipe at her children
She slammed first husband Brian in a drunken PA last week…