Kerry Katona has social-media meltdown as daughter Molly quits the country

Singer says she's "in bits"

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Kerry Katona has poured her heart out in a video on social media.

The Atomic Kitten singer, 36, posted a short clip to her Instagram page, in which she sits teary-eyed in near-darkness and begs her daughter Molly not to “abandon” her.

The 15-year-old, who is going to live in Ireland with her grandparents while she studies to be a surgeon, was in the room while the video was shot.

And although it’s meant to be tongue-in-cheek (we think), it’s still pretty heartbreaking.

Kerry fights back tears as she begs her daughter not to leave (Credit: Kerry Katona/Instagram)

The 49-second clip begins with a slightly dishevelled-looking Kerry telling the camera: “My baby girl having cuddles with Mummy tonight. I don’t want her to leave me!”

As she fights back tears, she repeats: “Don’t leave me! Don’t leave me, Molly!”

Off-screen, the teenager tries to reassure her mother, but Kerry sobs: “She’s abandoning me!”

Kerry was clearly emotional as she made jokes (Credit: Instagram/Kerry Katona)

The Cheshire-born star briefly manages to pull herself together, telling viewers: “I am joking… but I’m absolutely heartbroken.”

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And then she’s off again, crying: “Don’t leave me, Molly. I’ve got abandonment issues!”

The video is accompanied by a caption: “Still a mummies [sic] girl. I’m in bits.”

The singer has two daughters with Brian McFadden – Lily-Sue, left, and Molly (Credit: FameFlynet)

And sympathetic fans showered the singer’s comments section with words of support.

One wrote: “Kerry, she’s not even my child and I can feel how painful it is. I can tell you just want to bawl your eyes out lol.”

Another told her: “Can totes imagine! Chin up!!!”

And a third soothed: “Awww Kerry, I’ve been there and it hurts like hell when they leave home. But stay strong – your bond is never broken no matter where in the world they live.”

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Molly is one of Kerry’s two daughters with her first husband, former Westlife star Brian McFadden. They also have 14-year-old Lily-Sue.

It’s Brian’s parents who Molly is going to be staying with in Ireland.

Kerry also has three other children from her two later marriages.