Former Atomic Kitten star Kerry Katona sobbed as she appeared on Sky News today to discuss the death of the television personality Caroline Flack.
Caroline, 40, tragically took her own life on February 15, just three weeks before her upcoming trial for alleged assault.
Following Caroline’s death, Kerry, 39, uploaded private messages onto social media showing that the former Xtra Factor presenter asked her for advice after she allegedly assaulted her boyfriend Lewis Burton, 27, in December.
During the interview on the news channel, Kerry admitted that she felt “regret” at making the private conversation between them public and confessed she was “unsure if it was the right thing to do”.
Former I’m A Celeb winner Kerry said: "In regards to the messages I shared, I don’t know if I did the right thing by putting those messages up on social media."
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She fought back the tears as she continued: “Her death cannot be in vain and we have to stand together and show people what it is like for people like me and Caroline in this industry where you make a mistake and you aren’t even allowed to make a mistake in privacy.
"I know how it feels when you lose all your contracts and everybody turns against you. It is horrid and the fact she reached out to me was because Fathers4Justice were doing to her the same they did to me."
Kerry also compared herself to Caroline and reveals that her kids “saved her” from taking her own life.
She said: “If I didn’t have my children I would have probably done something like Caroline’s done and it is serious as that, like we are in the limelight but if you cut us we bleed, we are not superhuman, I have mental health problems, I have bipolar."
Later on during the chat, the mother-of-five shared: "It could have been anybody and thank the lord I am strong enough to not be in that situation, but I have wanted to in the past many times."
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Kerry posted screenshots of messages online that showed Caroline reached out to her for support after she was targeted by Fathers4Justice.
The presenter messaged Kerry on Instagram a week after she was charged with assaulting Lewis, which she denied.
The messages revealed that Caroline asked how Kerry had dealt with criticism from Fathers4Justice, which had previously claimed that Kerry had “blood on her hands” following the death of her former husband George Kay.
In a private message shared by Kerry on Instagram, Caroline asked Kerry: "How did you deal with father for justice? They are horrible."
Days after Caroline was charged, the pressure group tweeted about the incident.
It featured a Photoshopped picture of her holding a sign with said: "This is what a domestic abuser look like. #abusehasnogender.”
Kerry married ex-rugby league player George in 2014, but split from him only one year later because of his violence and took out a restraining order on him last year.
George, 38, died on July 6 last year at the Holiday Inn in Runcorn, Cheshire, following a long history of mental health issues and drug abuse.
A spokesman for Fathers4Justice said: "Fathers4Justice have been running the #AbuseHasNoGender campaign highlighting male victims of domestic abuse for several years.
"The hashtag was shared by Caroline Flack’s former partner, Andrew Brady, in December last year, following Flack’s arrest for assaulting her boyfriend, Lewis Burton.
"We published a draft advert in response to the indisputable facts and her forthcoming trial for assault, given domestic abuse against men is a serious and under-reported issue.
"1 in 3 domestic abuse victims are male. F4J is known for its campaigning work and it is entirely appropriate for us to comment on matters like this and matters of public interest.
"At no time have we broken any social media rules or guidelines.
"It would be inappropriate to comment further, other than to say this is an absolute tragedy and needless loss.
"We should avoid scapegoating or ascribing causes or blame when unaware of the full facts of the situation.
"The Crown Prosecution Service should publish all evidence in the case and an inquiry be held into Ms Flack’s death to establish what lessons can be learnt."
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