Kerry Katona on her infamous This Morning interview and how she’s changed life now

‘People assumed I was drunk and on drugs…I was sick’: Kerry Katona on her infamous This Morning interview where she slurred her words…and how she’s changed life now

Kerry Katona has opened up about her infamous This Morning interview, saying it has haunted her for over a decade.

The former Atomic Kitten singer, who spoke out to raise awareness on World Bipolar Day, said people thought she was drunk or on drugs in the 2008 performance when viewers saw her gulp.

In an emotional interview with GB News, she said: ‘It was my bipolar medication, but people just assumed I was crazy about alcohol or drugs.

Speaking: Kerry Katona, 41, has opened up about her infamous This Morning interview, saying it has haunted her for over a decade

“Even after I explained that I had an illness, no one thought to ask me about it or about the medication that made me that way.

“I had no idea what bipolar was. I thought I was going crazy.’

Kerry, 41, shared her struggles with her mental health issues with Eamonn Holmes and Isabel Webster and said she now lived drug-free but still suffers from manic episodes that can last for weeks.

Mistake: The former Atomic Kitten singer said people thought she was drunk or on drugs in the 2008 performance when viewers saw her slurp.

Mistake: The former Atomic Kitten singer said people thought she was drunk or on drugs in the 2008 performance when viewers saw her slurp.

She shared how she was prescribed antidepressants at age 17 and also used illegal drugs during her time with Atomic Kitten.

“I was on a lot of antidepressants from the age of 17, especially from the time I joined Atomic Kitten,” she said.

“And I was on drugs, as everyone knows, and I went to the Priory and my doctor, my psychiatrist, diagnosed me with bipolar and it turned out to be very common in a lot of people with mental health [issues]people who turned to drugs.

Honest: Kerry spoke about her struggles with mental health issues with Eamonn Holmes and Isabel Webster

Honest: Kerry spoke about her struggles with mental health issues with Eamonn Holmes and Isabel Webster

Looking back: In an emotional interview with GB News, she said: 'It was my bipolar medication, but people just assumed I was crazy about alcohol or drugs'

Looking back: In an emotional interview with GB News, she said: ‘It was my bipolar medication, but people just assumed I was crazy about alcohol or drugs’

“When I was diagnosed in 2005, I mean, I cried.”

Kerry added: “I didn’t know what bipolar was, I thought it was some kind of sport.

“I honestly had no idea what bipolar was, but I was so thankful that there was a word for it because I thought I was going crazy.

“I couldn’t sleep — even now, my sleep pattern, I’m very hyper and getting very manic.”

She said she suffers from prolonged manic episodes and that her mother has also been diagnosed with major depressive disorder.

Family illness: She said she suffers from prolonged manic episodes and her mother has also been diagnosed with major depressive disorder (photo 2019)

Family illness: She said she suffers from prolonged manic episodes and her mother has also been diagnosed with major depressive disorder (photo 2019)

“I have really manic episodes and these can last for weeks,” Kerry said. “And then… I fall down. And that’s almost like taking a drug yourself.

“It’s the traits of taking some kind of drug anyway, but when I was diagnosed I was relieved, even though I didn’t know what bipolar was, but my mom was diagnosed with manic-depressive disorder.” [disorder]which was the same thing, but it’s called bipolar.’

She added: ‘And then I took a lot of different drugs, which they call trial and error to find the right dosage for your manic and depressive episodes and there was a very famous interview where because of my medication it makes your speech very very slow because I can be very manic and things in my head are going 100 miles per hour. I’m very animated.’

Fame game: Kerry rose to fame as a member of the pop group Atomic Kitten alongside Natasha Hamilton (right) and Liz McClarnon (center) (Atomic Kitten pictured in 1999)

Fame game: Kerry rose to fame as a member of the pop group Atomic Kitten alongside Natasha Hamilton (right) and Liz McClarnon (center) (Atomic Kitten pictured in 1999)

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