Brian’s 24/7 watch over ‘SELF-DE­STRUC­TIVE' KERRY

As she puts an end to another re­la­tion­ship, Kerry Ka­tona looks to her ex-hus­band Brian McFad­den to help mend her bro­ken heart…

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It’s been 11 years since Kerry Ka­tona was mar­ried to Westlife singer Brian McFad­den but, de­spite hav­ing split over a decade ago and pub­licly trash­ing one another af­ter­wards, Kerry is still lean­ing on her ex’s shoul­der when fac­ing hard times.

Fol­low­ing the end­ing of her most re­cent re­la­tion­ship, with Scot­tish co­me­dian James English, we’re told the mum-of-five has been seek­ing ad­vice from Brian, who she shares daugh­ters Molly, 16, and Lilly-Sue, 14, with, and once branded her ‘one true love’.

‘Kerry is turn­ing to Brian to help her get through her split with James, and he’s worried that she’s in a self-de­struc­tive down­ward spi­ral,’ the in­sider tells us.

‘Brian has put her on a 24/7 watch, where he’s mak­ing sure to check in with her all the time, along with try­ing to mo­ti­vate her to pull her­self out of this rut, and con­vince her that the break-up of her lat­est re­la­tion­ship isn’t the end of the world.’

Last month, Kerry, 37, fin­ished her two-month re­la­tion­ship with James, 33, for the sec­ond time, as it was claimed she felt ‘awk­ward’ when bring­ing him home to meet her chil­dren.

She an­nounced her sin­gle sta­tus on In­sta­gram, telling her 100,000 fol­low­ers, ‘I’m in a re­la­tion­ship with me. I make me happy and will never leave me.

‘Sin­gle is good when you like your­self and don’t count on any­one else for your hap­pi­ness!’

But, although Kerry ap­peared to dust her­self off after the break-up, post­ing mo­ti­va­tional mes­sages on her In­sta­gram last week with the cap­tion, ‘Love from me’, our in­sider tells us that, be­hind closed doors, it’s a com­pletely dif­fer­ent story.

‘She’s been spend­ing up to 20 hours in her bed­room not even want­ing to face the out­side world since her re­la­tion­ship col­lapsed,’ the source con­tin­ues.

‘Kerry re­ally with­draws from the world when she’s go­ing through a hard time in her per­sonal life, and she’s been spend­ing most of the day in her room, or­der­ing fast food and only com­mu­ni­cat­ing with peo­ple by text or What­sApp.

‘Brian is re­ally worried this is send­ing her into a mini melt­down.’

Just two weeks ago, Kerry went on a foul-mouthed rant while judg­ing a drag queen com­pe­ti­tion in Manch­ester.

She was pic­tured swig­ging from a Cham­pagne bot­tle, although she in­sisted she only drank wa­ter that evening.

Nev­er­the­less, she later shocked fans when she branded her band­mate Natasha Hamil­ton a ‘c***’ and TOWIE’s Gemma Collins a ‘no­body’.

BRIAN’S RE­SPON­SI­BIL­ITY

This isn’t the first time Brian has stepped in to help mend his ex-wife’s bro­ken heart.

In July, we re­vealed how the exes

– who sep­a­rated in 2004 when Brian, also 37, fell for Aus­tralian singer Delta Goodrem – had been in con­tact after Kerry ended her three-year mar­riage to rugby player Ge­orge Kay for the fi­nal time.

A source ex­plains, ‘Brian has been con­stantly ad­vis­ing and sup­port­ing Kerry, be­cause he knows that when she is in a bad place, she needs him more than ever.’

And, in 2015, Brian reached out to his ex-wife after she split from Ge­orge for the first time, say­ing,

‘I’ve told her that

I’m there if she needs me.

‘It’s sad for ev­ery­body, but the most im­por­tant thing is that Kerry is

OK and the kids are OK, and they are – I’ve spo­ken to them,’ he added.

Now, Brian

– who has been loved-up with PE teacher Danielle Parkin­son for a year – feels that it’s his duty to get Kerry back on her feet after her lat­est heart­break.

‘Brian has seen it all be­fore when her other re­la­tion­ships ended,’ our in­sider says. ‘He feels he has a re­spon­si­bil­ity to make sure that Kerry is do­ing al­right. They are much closer now than at any time since they broke up.

‘The chil­dren have been with Kerry’s mum, but Brian has also been spend­ing time with the girls and Kerry at his exwife’s home. Molly came to visit last week and Kerry loved it.’

In the past, Kerry has also shown her sup­port for Brian, and last year told us how much she couldn’t wait to watch him as he took part on Chan­nel 4’s The Jump.

‘I hope he does re­ally well. I’ll ab­so­lutely be sup­port­ing him. That’s more main­te­nance for me,’ she joked.

KERRY WANTS JAMES BACK

But, while Kerry might have Brian back in her life, this hasn’t stopped the tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity chas­ing after James.

‘Kerry still des­per­ately wants to con­vince James to give the re­la­tion­ship another go, and she hasn’t given up on them try­ing again,’ the source says.

‘She’s been send­ing him lots of mes­sages, try­ing to reach out to him and say­ing, “I messed up, but we can still be great to­gether.”’

Kerry and James’ break-up comes after the pair briefly split in Oc­to­ber.

At the time, it was re­ported that fa­therof-two James was strug­gling to di­vide his time be­tween Kerry and his own chil­dren.

How­ever, a sep­a­rate source claimed that the Atomic Kit­ten singer, who suf­fers from bipo­lar dis­or­der, had been left feel­ing ‘hu­mil­i­ated’ after James ap­peared on The

Late Show With Ewen Cameron in early Oc­to­ber and joked that he was ‘us­ing her’ and their re­la­tion­ship was just ‘ca­sual sex’.

‘James re­ally feels for Kerry, but he thinks she isn’t in the right place to be in a re­la­tion­ship with him right now,’ the source con­tin­ues.

‘He found it far too in­tense, and couldn’t han­dle Kerry’s mood swings.’

The pair sep­a­rated just two years after their 2002 mar­riage Brian and Kerry are re­ported to be closer than at any time since they broke up

‘I ONLY DRANK WA­TER!’

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