Singer Kerry Katona has opened up about ‘wanting to take her own life’ in the aftermath of an infamous TV appearance.
Appearing on Victoria Derbyshire on Friday (February 21), the mum-of-five shared the dark admission during a segment about the impact media coverage can have on mental health.
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Kerry, 39, said she was left feeling “like a prisoner in her own home” following a 2008 interview on This Morning in which her speech seemed to be slurred.
The former Atomic Kitten star was accused of being intoxicated for the chat with hosts Phillip Schofield and Fern Britton.
However, Kerry insisted her erratic behaviour was due to medication she was taking for her bipolar condition.
Nonetheless, Kerry – who was brought to tears earlier this week on Sky News as she discussed the death of Caroline Flack – noted during this morning’s televised chat via video link that “no one knew” about her mental health battles either.
No one knew I had bipolar at that point.
Kerry said: “I wanted take my own life, especially after the This Morning incident eleven years ago with Philip and Fern when they thought I was drunk.”
She continued: “It was down to my bipolar medication and no one knew I had bipolar at that point.”
She said she felt like she should’ve done more to “help” the Love Island host when she reached out to Kerry last year after being charged with assaulting boyfriend Lewis Burton.
Speaking to Sky News, Kerry said: “This is what really upsets me because I know how it feels, to feel that low.
“And when someone reaches out to you like that and I felt like I’ve not helped her enough.
“Because of idiotic people on social media trying to get more followers I don’t think they understand the impact it has on somebody’s mental health.
“It’s so so wrong on so many levels.”
A coroner confirmed on Wednesday that Caroline died by hanging when she took her own life on Saturday, February 15.
Last weekend, Caroline’s family said in a statement: “We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today on the 15th February. We would ask that the press respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time.”
It was claimed she died just hours after learning the Crown Prosecution Service would be pursuing her assault trial for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend, Lewis Burton, in December of last year.
The Metropolitan Police are reported to have referred themselves to a watchdog after claims Caroline was distraught by the decision.
The 40-year-old was due to stand trial on March 4 after pleading not guilty to the charges.
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