KERRY Katona says her children heard her ex-husband George Kay beating her up – and claims police were called to their home 22 times.
The former Atomic Kitten star is haunted by the sudden death of her ex who is believed to have died after “eating a quantity of cocaine” at the Holiday Inn in Runcorn, Cheshire.
George Kay with Kerry Katona in 2014 before their split[/caption]
Kerry had not been in contact with the 39-year-old since he was slapped with a restraining order in 2015 when she claimed he had assaulted her.
Opening up to new! magazine about the traumatic last few weeks, Kerry, 38, said: “I could tell my children weren’t happy when George was around.
“They could hear me crying and being beaten up.
“They police were round my house 22 times because of the violence.
Dylan-Jorge is Kerry’s daughter with George[/caption]
“He had psychosis and s***loads of mental issues and for so long I put myself and my children in danger because he had a hold on me.
“He was so controlling, but I took the right steps in getting away.”
Kerry and George began dating in 2012 after meeting as teenagers, and wed in September 2014, five months after she had their daughter Dylan-Jorge, now five years old.
The singer is now in therapy to help deal with his death, but admits she’s able to “see him everywhere” as she struggles to move on.
“I can smell him, I can hear the sound of his voice, I can visualise him,” says Kerry.
“I can see him over the kitchen sink with a knife. I can picture his feet, his hands, everything. I see him on the bed, I picture his clothes in the wardrobe, I see him everywhere.
“His face, just lying there, dead… it’s all I can see. It’s haunting.”
Domestic violence: The Facts
- One in four British women experience domestic violence at some point during their lifetime.
- Two women are killed by their partner or an ex in England and Wales every week.
- Another three women a week commit suicide as a way of escape from an abusive relationship.
- Domestic abuse is often overlooked during the Christmas period but it can be the most dangerous time for victims, as they’re trapped at home with their violent partners.
- Refuge is currently supporting more than 6,850 survivors – helping them escape violence and rebuild their lives.
- If you need help, call the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 or contact Refuge here.
- In an emergency, always dial 999.
Kerry is also mum to Molly, 17, and younger daughter Lilly-Sue, 14, with ex-husband Brian McFadden, and Heidi, 10, Max, nine, from her relationship with Mark Croft.
She was cruelly targeted by Fathers4Justice in the aftermath of George’s death when they implied Kerry was responsible for George’s apparent overdose.
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Claiming she refused him access to their daughter Dylan-Jorge, the official Fathers 4 Justice Twitter account tweeted in response to one of her posts: “Kerry Katona says ‘you are allowed to ‘terminate’ toxic relationships.’ Yes Kerry, you are entitled to end relationships.
“You are NOT entitled to END a child’s relationship with their dad.
“Contact denial is child abuse. Matt O’C F4J.”
A source close to Kerry said she had never stopped George from seeing their daughter.
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