Kerry Katona has reflected on the life, and tragic death, of music icon Amy Winehouse as the 10 year anniversary of her passing approaches – and says she is thankful she didn’t end up dead like the fellow music star.
Kerry claims she and Amy were kindred spirits in the sense they both struggled with addictions – with Back to Black singer Amy sadly dying of alcohol poisoning aged 27 on July 23, 2011, and following years of drink and drug struggles.
Kerry herself has been an open book of her own past drugs struggles – with the 40-year-old being treated for alcohol and drugs addictions in the past.
Contrasting her own fortunes with that of Amy, Kerry says she is thankful she managed to turn her own life around – and claims she could just as easily have been making headlines for a tragic death herself.
Writing in her column for New magazine, Kerry said: “This week marks 10 years since Amy Winehouse died.
“I can really relate to Amy. Her death on the front page of the newspapers could have easily been me.
“I remember the day she died, I just thought to myself, ‘Im so glad I sorted my s**t out.’”
Kerry went on to say the death of another music superstar in 2012 helped her put her own life into perspective and to get the help she needed.
She wrote: “And then a year later, Whitney Houston died. That was the biggest wake-up call for me about drugs ever.
“It wasn’t that I was addicted to cocaine, I was just so lost and so lonely that it was my only friend. It was all I had at the time and I wanted to die. I’m so lucky to be alive.”
Kerry suffered romantic strife in 2011 – with her turbulent marriage to taxi driver Mark Croft ending in divorce that year.
While in 2012, she released her autobiography, titled Still Standing: The Autobiography, she claimed she first met Mark in 2005 when he was allegedly supplying cocaine to her mother, Sue.
While she also had two daughters from her failed marriage to Westlife singer Brian McFadden – meaning she was supporting four children while at her lowest point – and later welcomed her fifth child with late ex-husband George Kay in 2014.
Last month, Kerry heartbreakingly revealed she made sure she had ‘lots of children’ so they would “have each other” as she fears she may one day meet an early death.
She told Ulrika Jonsson: “I’ve had kids so they will all have each other when they grow up. And if anything happens to me, they have each other.”
Indeed, she may yet have another child as she has considered extending her family with current fiancé Ryan Mahoney.
She said: “It would be selfish of me to have another child. But I would do it for Ryan. So I’m freezing my eggs and we will see what happens.”