Kerry Katona was visibly emotional during an appearance on Wednesday’s Morning Live as she opened up about her beloved aunt Angela and her ex-husband George Kay’s deaths following addiction battles.
Kerry, 40, tearfully told hosts Kym Marsh and Gethin Jones that her family ‘feel like we could have done more’ and confessed ‘there’s a sense of anger with a family member because you want to shake them, but it isn’t that easy’.
The former singer revealed in March that Angela passed away following a gruelling battle with addiction, writing on Instagram: ‘This vile illness took our Ang!’
Emotional: Kerry Katona, 40, was emotional during an appearance on Wednesday’s Morning Live as she opened up about the death of her aunt Angela following a battle with addiction
Speaking on Wednesday, Kerry – who put on a brave face as she left the BBC studio later in the morning – explained her aunt had moved in with her and that she had even managed to help her get sober.
‘She came to live with me and I got her sober. I got her doing workshops, meetings, got her to see my doctor, she was doing so well, I got her into exercise,’ told Kerry.
However Angela was spotted elsewhere with a bottle of vodka, which left Kerry shocked.
‘Then I later found out she was seen with a bottle of vodka, and it was ‘how are they doing this?”’ she said.
Tragic: Kerry revealed in March that Angela passed away following a gruelling battle with addiction, writing on Instagram: ‘This vile illness took our Ang!’ (pictured together)
Brave: Kerry put on a brave face when she left the BBC Morning Live studios after her emotional interview
All smiles: Kerry looked typically stylish when she stepped out later on Wednesday in a plaid coat teamed with grey bottoms
Opening up about her relative’s personality, Kerry – who looked typically stylish when she stepped out later on Wednesday in a plaid coat teamed with grey bottoms – said on air: ‘For years and years Angela was a wonderful mother, let me make that really clear.
‘With alcoholism addiction people really judge it and think you’re a certain type of person.
‘Angela was a wonderful person. So separating drunk Angela from sober Angela was difficult to do and this was over 20 years, to the point we wouldn’t know if she was drunk or not.’
Interview done: Kerry appeared in high spirits as she went about her day and teamed her outfit with a pair of white trainers
Designer: The doting mother was also sporting a designer bag
Despite having had her own issues with addiction, Kerry admitted she ‘still needs to be educated’ about the illness.
‘Even though I’ve been on the other end of addiction I still need to learn and be educated on this illness and I think that everyone needs to be,’ she continued.
‘Especially with lockdown and the pandemic, alcoholism has shot up because people are lonely or bored and don’t know what to do apart from drinking.’
Tragic loss: Kerry revealed in March that her beloved aunt Angela passed away following a gruelling battle with addiction. Kerry is pictured left with her aunt Angela
Detailing her family’s ‘guilt’ over the passing of Angela, Kerry went on: ‘I think as a family member, because I’ve been on the other side of it, even I wiped my hands of her, God…
‘That sense of guilt. Even her own children, we all feel like we could have done more.’
She added: ‘As a family if you can’t see something, it’s really hard to understand it.
‘If someone comes to you and says I have cancer, people are a lot more understanding.’
Anguish: At the time, Kerry shared an image about the pain of addiction, as she wrote, ‘This vile illness took our ang! We MUST talk more about addiction!!! She tried so hard to get sober…’
Drawing comparisons between alcoholism and a cancer diagnosis, Kerry told Kym and Gethin: ‘If somebody comes up to you and says I’m an alcoholic, you get angry because technically you’re doing it to yourself and you can’t understand why you’re doing that to yourself, and why can’t I stop?
‘I did stop myself, so I should have known better… there’s a sense of anger with a family member because you want to shake them but it isn’t that easy.’
Ahead of her appearance, Kerry also spoke about her ex-husband George Kay, who died from a suspected drug overdose in 2019 at the age of 39. Kerry and George share daughter DJ, six.
She said in an Instagram story: ‘As you all know I lost my aunty to addiction. I’ve lost two people in 18 months to addiction. DJ’s daddy George to drugs and my aunty Angela to alcohol so I think it’s really important we speak about this.’
In March, Kerry took to social media to share the sad news of her aunt’s passing.
She announced: ‘My crazy, beautiful Aunty (more my sister) sadly passed away yesterday! We’re all absolutely heartbroken!
Love: Paying tribute to her aunt, Kerry wrote, ‘Oh Ang I really wish I could rewind and tell you how much I love you and I always wanted to be you when I was little’
‘Oh Ang I really wish I could rewind and tell you how much I love you and I always wanted to be you when I was little.’
Alluding to her aunt’s troubles, she added: ‘I should of done more! I love you Angela! My big sister! We had soooo many great adventure together… I can’t believe I’m even writing this post!’ (sic)
She also opened up about the pain of addiction, writing: ‘This vile illness took our ang! We MUST talk more about addiction!!! She tried so hard to get sober but it got the better of her.’ (sic)
The image she captioned read: ‘Addiction is a special kind of hell. It tales the soul of the addict and breaks the hearts of everyone who loves them.’
We are family: Among the glamour were also snapshots of Angela with their close-knit family