Kerry Katona (born 06.09.1980) is an English celebrity. She rose to fame as a member of the girl group Atomic Kitten. However, since leaving the band, her career has hit something of a downward spiral and she is better known for her tabloid presence, with most stories focusing on various scandals in her life.
Kerry Katona was raised primarily by her mother, Sue, though her stepfather and foster grandmother also helped to raise her. Kerry's mother committed suicide whilst Kerry was young and she was given to four different sets of foster parents.
Her childhood was rarely settled and she attended eight different schools. As a result, she left school without any exam qualifications and, at the age of 16, became a lap dancer, before joining a dance troupe and toured around Europe with them.
Kerry Katona, Liz McClarnon and Natasha Hamilton formed Atomic Kitten in 1999. They reached number one with their biggest hit, the single 'Whole Again'. Kerry Katona was originally featured on the recording and in the video for the song. However, as she was pregnant with her first child by Brian McFadden of Westlife, she left the group. Atomic Kitten's success grew considerably after Katona had left the group. Since her departure, rumours have abounded that she never sang on their records, but only ever provided spoken word parts.
Kerry Katona married Brian McFadden in 2002 and the couple honeymooned in Mauritius. Following their marriage, Kerry began to work as a TV presenter, appearing on shows such as Loose Women and Eliminate. She also appeared on the reality TV series I'm A Celebrity.Get Me Out Of Here! She won the series, which also starred Peter Andre, Katie Price (Jordan) and Jenny Bond. She also starred in an Irish drama called Showbands.
In 2005, Kerry Katona starred in My Fair Kerry, a reality TV show that aimed to transform Katona from a ladette into a lady. She has also starred in two fly-on-the-wall documentaries on MTV, Kerry Katona: Crazy in Love and Kerry Katona: What's the Problem?
In 2008, Kerry Katona was fired from her position as a columnist in OK! Magazine. She was the face of the advertising campaign for the Iceland supermarket chain but was also axed from this job in 2009, following allegations of her possessing cocaine.
Kerry Katona was previously represented by the PR guru Max Clifford but following a controversial appearance on This Morning, the pair parted ways. Katona was interviewed by Fern Britton and Philip Schofield on the show but appeared to be under the influence of drugs. She denied the claims and blamed the medication that she was forced to take for her bi-polar disorder.
Katona is a patron of The Shannon Bradshaw Trust. The charity is based in Warrington and aids children with life-threatening illnesses.
Katona has two children from her former marriage to Brian McFadden. Molly Marie McFadden was born in August 2001 and Lilly-Sue McFadden was born in February 2003.
When McFadden and Katona separated in 2004, Kerry reverted to her maiden name, having used McFadden during their married life. When Brian McFadden released his solo album, Irish Son, the song 'Be True To Your Woman' was reportedly about their relationship.
For seven months in 2005, Kerry's former lover, Dave Cunningham moved in with her.
Kerry Katona married Mark Croft, a taxi driver, in 2007. They married in Gretna Green. The have a daughter together, Heidi Elizabeth Croft, born in 2007. Kerry also gave birth to their son, Maxwell, in October 2008
In July 2007, Croft and Katona were held hostage in their home in Wilmslow. The intruders made off with valuables worth a reported £100,000. They now have an Alsatian to guard the house.
In 2008, Kerry Katona starred in another reality TV show. Entitled Whole Again, the show followed her cosmetic surgery procedures.
In 2005, Emily Herbert's biography about Katona, Kerry: Story of a Survivor was published. Katona's own autobiography was published in 2006. It was ghost-written by Fanny Blake and was entitled Too Much Too Young.
The Atomic Kitten singer's new boyfriend James English spoke in a bizarre interview on late night TV in Scotland.
Kerry Katona’s new boyfriend James English has admitted that he thinks his new beau is “f***ed up” in a new interview, at one point seeming to claim that he’s only “using” her to achieve fame.
In an appearance on a late-night Scottish chat show with host Ewen Cameron, the 32 year old former personal trainer, but now a stand-up comedian, said in response to a question whether it was his body or his sense of humour that attracted Kerry: “Both. It's fine, we've got a bit of casual sex. That's all it is.”
“For her it was an instant attraction probably but for me it took a while. I'm only kidding. She's a beautiful looking woman.”
Kerry Katona poses outside the New Theatre Royal Lincoln where she is currently starring as Cinderlla in Panto - Lincoln, United Kingdom - Wednesday 7th December 2016
The 36 year old mother of five appears on Channel 5's 'In Therapy' next month.
Kerry Katona has dramatically revealed how she once helped her mother take a potentially fatal overdose of prescription drugs, apparently egging her on by telling her: “Go on, take them, you’re selfish!”
The 36 year old former Atomic Kitten star features on Channel 5’s ‘In Therapy’ programme, due to be broadcast on November 3rd, and broke down in tears as she admitted to encouraging her drug-addicted mother, Sue, in her suicide attempt back when she was a teenager.
Kerry Katona made the revelation on Channel 5's 'In Therapy'
Continue reading: Kerry Katona Admits To Helping Mother's Failed Suicide Bid
Kerry Katona - Kerry Katona and her family outside ITV Studios - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 14th April 2016
Kerry Katona - Bingo with Kerry press launch held at the Covent Garden Hotel - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 26th January 2016
The former Rugby League player is accused of assaulting the singer
Kerry Katona’s estranged husband George Kay has appeared in court to face allegations that he assaulted the singer. Unlucky in love Katona’s marriage went from bad to worse when it was alleged that her third husband armed himself with a Taser-style gun and hunting knife after becoming irritated with people outside the couple’s home.
Kerry Katona and George Kay in happier times
It is then alleged that he returned inside the house before assaulting the former Atomic Kitten singer and causing bruising to her eyes.
Continue reading: Kerry Katona's Estranged Husband Appears In Court
Katona has been estranged from her husband since the incident at their home earlier in October, in which Kay is said to have attacked her with a stun gun.
Kerry Katona’s estranged husband George Kay has been charged with assaulting her, nearly three weeks after he was arrested at their former home in Sussex.
Ex-Atomic Kitten and reality TV star Katona, 35, revealed that she had applied for divorce from the former rugby league star in immediate aftermath of the incident at the start of October, when Kay allegedly attacked her with a stun gun disguised a torch. The former couple have a one year old daughter, named Dylan-Jorge, together.
Kerry Katona and George Kay earlier in 2015
Continue reading: Kerry Katona's Ex-Husband George Kay Charged With Assault
Andre was testifying in a court case regarding a contract dispute between ITV2 and a reality TV show producer.
Current ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ star Peter Andre has been on the receiving end of a severe tongue-lashing by a High Court judge, who branded him as “an extremely unsatisfactory witness” and then accused him of “complete fabrication”.
The case in question concerns a bitter contract dispute involving Andre and Neville Hendricks, a reality TV show producer he worked with on a number of occasions. As a result of the judgment, ITV2 must pay damages, expected to run into millions of pounds, to Mr Hendricks’ TV company ‘Mr H TV Ltd.’.
Peter Andre with his new wife Emily MacDonagh
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Kay was arrested on Saturday night after allegedly assaulting Katona at their home in Sussex.
Kerry Katona has ended her marriage to her third husband George Kay, just a matter of days after he was arrested at their Sussex home on suspicion of assault and possession of a Taser.
The 35 year old former reality TV star and Atomic Kitten singer has been married to Kay, a former rugby league player, for just over one year, and the couple have a one year old daughter, Dylan-Jorge. The couple, both originally from Warrington, Cheshire, had been photographed in public looking perfectly happy just last week at the National Reality TV Awards.
Kerry Katona and George Kay are headed for divorce
Continue reading: Kerry Katona Splits With Husband George Kay After His Arrest For Assault
The Irish singer and model Vogue Williams have called time on their relationship
Former Westlife star Brian McFadden has called time on his second marriage after only three years of marital bliss. The singer married Irish model Vogue Williams in Tuscany in 2012 after a whirlwind romance but they have both recently taken to Twitter to confirm their separation.
Brian McFadden and his wife of three years, Vogue Williams, have split
McFadden wrote: "It is with great sadness that Vogue and I have made the tough decision to go our separate ways.
Continue reading: Westlife Star, Brian McFadden, Splits From Wife Of Three Years
Kerry Katona - British singer and TV personality Kerry Katona has announced a partnership with Popkidz/Club Fusion group, which runs party venues in Huddersfield, Halifax and Wakefield, helping to launch its plans for expansion. Katona commented 'I heard about Popkidz when a friend of mine attended a party and raved about how amazing it was, so I had a look on the website and noticed they were looking to launch the franchise concept. It's a brilliant idea, it's unique and stylish, and I was so impressed and thought it was something I would love to get involved in. I love the fact that the Popkidz philosophy is to give the child a birthday party they will never forget, and having five children myself, I know how important hosting a great party is. I'm so excited to be involved and can't wait to get started, it won't be long before you see Popkidz in every town and city'. - Halifax, United Kingdom - Sunday 3rd May 2015
The Atomic Kitten star announced on Thursday, 12 September, that is expecting her first child with current fiancé George Kay
On Thursday this week (12 September), Kerry Katona revealed to The Mirror that she is pregnant with her fifth child; her first with current fiancé George Kay. The Atomic Kitten starlet and her new hubby are said to be overwhelmed with the news that she is expecting and a spokesperson for the couple told the press, "I can confirm that Kerry Katona is pregnant and both Kerry and George Kay are absolutely delighted with the news."
Kerry with her fiancé George Kay
Kerry has already had four children from two previous relationships, Molly and Lilly-Sue from her four year-marriage to former Westlife singer Brian McFadden, followed by two children to from her troublesome marriage with Mark Croft; Heidi and Maxwell. Each child birth has come at a very different period of the tabloid darling's life, with her first coming during her most successful and rewarding period of her life, and her second set of children arriving at a much more difficult time for her. This time however, Kerry is happy again and back in the place she was ten years ago, and the pregnancy will no doubt make her even happier.
Continue reading: Kerry Katona Is Expecting Baby Number Five With Daddy Number Three
Kerry Katona has landed a role to potentially ease her recent financial troubles.
Just like when the world's natural resources eventually run out, or when an asteroid hits the earth, nobody has really accounted for Kerry Katona playing Marilyn Monroe. Nobody knows what's going to happen. I guess we all just go down to the cellar and close our eyes, hugging each other. Telling each other it's all going to be alright.
Continue reading: Like It Or Not, Kerry Katona's Playing Marilyn Monroe. That's Happening.
Oh Girls Aloud, you have a lot to answer for. Since the UK’s favourite girl band decided to get back together and start releasing mediocre singles to top up their monthly salaries for a while, it was inevitable that some of the UK’s less favourite girl bands would follow suit, desperate for a slice of the pie. First in line are Atomic Kitten. If you’re too young to remember Atomic Kitten, they were famous for… well… they’re pretty much famous for having once counted Kerry Katona in their line-up. She left the band to pursue a career in reality TV shows, a life of public breakdowns and half-hearted comebacks Oh, and some embarrassing adverts for a frozen food store.
The Daily Mirror have snapped the original Atomic Kitten line-up exiting a recording studio in Liverpool. Frankly, it’s a terrifying sight. The trio of Liz McClarnon, Natasha and (yup) Kerry Katona are all manic glares, with Katona’s skin somehow matching the colour of Hamilton’s auburn hair. We simply can’t imagine what kind of music this fearsome trio will be concocting together. It’s 11 years since they last worked together. Jenny Frost had originally said that a reunion was going to happen without Kerry, but there she is, orange as the day she was born.
We can only speculate as to whether or not Frosts’s nose has been put out of joint by Kerry’s inclusion in the reunion. Perhaps she’s planning to leave, as she did before, and let Jenny join again, like some kind of terrible Atomic Kitten-themed Groundhog Day. Let’s not forget that the band never got a number one until Jenny joined and they released ‘Whole Again.’ Ah, yes. ‘Whole Again.’ We remember one of their songs now.
Date of birth
6th September, 1980