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…
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’.
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.
– 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!’