Kerry Katona speaks to her children about THAT This Morning interview

‘People actually think I was drunk on the show’: Kerry Katona speaks to her children about THAT infamous This Morning interview where she slurred her speech due to strong medication

  • The media personality, 39, her infamous This Morning interview from 2008 where viewers thought she was drunk because she slurred her speech
  • Kerry sat down with her three youngest children Heidi, 13, Maxwell, 12, and Dylan-Jorge ‘DJ’, 5, and her boyfriend Ryan Mahoney to discuss the clip
  • She said: ‘Because my speech was slurred, people actually think I was drunk on the show. That was pure medication and that’s what winds me up’  
  • Kerry said that her behaviour was down to her Bipolar medication: ‘I was on 350mg of chlorpromazine, which I took at quarter to twelve the night before’
  • Asked previously if she had looked back on the interview in full, the mother-of-five said: ‘No. I’m too embarrassed and ashamed. It’s mortifying’ 

Kerry Katona has spoken to her children about her infamous This Morning interview from 2008 where viewers thought she was drunk because she slurred her speech.

The media personality, 39, sat down with her three youngest children Heidi, 13, Maxwell, 12, and Dylan-Jorge ‘DJ’, 5, and her boyfriend Ryan Mahoney and watched the memorable clip back. 

Speaking in a YouTube video, Kerry watched the interview and then said to her children: ‘This is back in 2008. As you know I’ve got bipolar. I went on the show and this is what happened. 

Honest: Kerry Katona, 39, has spoken to her children about her infamous This Morning interview from 2008 where viewers thought she was drunk because she slurred her speech

‘I understand what they’re saying. The medication I was on was when I was pregnant with Max, it was a really strong dose. 

‘I carried on taking that same drug once he was born but it effected my speech. Because we were all together all the time, everyone was so used to it.’

Kerry recalled how her slurred speech effected her past work as a spokeswoman for Iceland, as she would struggle to film the adverts for the brand.  

She said: ‘My speech would be really slow in the morning and it would take a while for it to catch up with me.

Past: Speaking in a YouTube video, Kerry watched the interview back and then said to her children: ‘I went on the show and this is what happened’

‘Actually, the night before that was filmed, I did Celebrity Juice with Paloma Faith, how mad is that? 

‘Because my speech was slurred, people actually think I was drunk on the show. That was pure medication and that’s what winds me up.’

Kerry’s daughter Heidi then said of the This Morning clip: ‘It’s on TikTok, people make fun of it.’

Kerry, who is also mother to Molly, 18, and Lily-Sue, 17, asked: ‘How does that make you feel looking at that?’

Family: Kerry sat down with her three youngest children Heidi, 13, Maxwell, 12, and Dylan-Jorge ‘DJ’, 5, and her boyfriend Ryan Mahoney

Heidi shrugged and said: ‘I’m fine with it because I know you’re not drunk.’

Kerry then asked her son Maxwell: ‘How do you feel watching it? Does it embarrass you?’

He smiled and said: ‘No, just a regular day,’ to which Kerry laughed. 

She added: ‘This is why I want you kids not to judge someone until you know the ins and outs of everything. 

‘I’ve told you everything in regards to me doing drugs and drinking and cocaine. I had no reason to lie whatsoever. 

Kerry said: ‘The medication I was on was when I was pregnant with Max. It was a really strong dose. ‘I carried on taking that same drug once he was born but it affected my speech’

‘So there you go guys. That’s a bit of a trip down memory lane.’ 

Kerry has proudly boasted of her life overhaul since the interview during which she was slurring and appeared out of sorts. 

During the chat, Phillip Schofield asked: ‘If I’m honest you don’t seem right to me. You’re speech is slurred. How are you feeling?’

After Kerry, who was married to Mark Croft at the time, replied: ‘I’m on medication at night time. This is going to be made as a huge publicity thing,’ and Phillip added: ‘I am merely pointing out what people are thinking who are watching.’

Fern Britton, who presented the show at the time, asked about a recent magazine photo shoot. She said: ‘The interview did say you’d only go in the early hours of the morning, you’d had quite a bit to drink…

‘It said you went to get ready with a bottle of champagne. They wanted you to jump in the pool and you were tempted after they said you’d have a shot afterwards.’

Kerry added: ‘Because my speech was slurred, people actually think I was drunk on the show. That was pure medication and that’s what winds me up’ 

In 2010, Kerry reflected on the car-crash interview, saying: ‘That wasn’t me back then. I was in a very dark dark place, I was on a lot of heavy medication, I was in a very unhappy marriage, and I was taking drugs.’

She said that her behaviour was down to her Bipolar medication: ‘I was on 350mg of chlorpromazine, which I took at quarter to twelve the night before, and every morning my speech would be very slur, and it’d wear off in the afternoon.’

Asked previously if she had looked back on the interview in full, she said: ‘No. I’m too embarrassed and ashamed. It’s mortifying. I was in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people around me. I’ve moved away…

‘I wasn’t a good person then. And it’s hard to watch it back, it’s hard, oh my God [to think that] my kids are going to have to watch this when they grow up.’

While she discussed the interview with Phillip and Holly Willoughby two years later, Holly asked: ‘But when you see the clips, can you understand why Phil and Fern would’ve asked those questions?’

A different time: Kerry previously reflected on the interview, saying: ‘That wasn’t me back then. I was in a very dark dark place, I was on a lot of heavy medication’ 

Kerry responded: ‘Yes, completely. I completely understand, you have to remember I was in complete denial of my life at that point.

‘I was in a wrong marriage, with the wrong person, [but] I’m not going to blame anybody else for my doings – I hold my hands up and take complete responsibility. Nobody forced me to do anything.

‘But when you’re in a marriage like that or relationship or surrounded by people… until you find strength to get out of what you’re in, there’s not a lot you can do.’

Kerry continued: ‘I shouldn’t have done the interview – but I’m glad I have done because it’s changed me. That interview, the News of the World video… it’s all changed me. It gave me a massive wake up call to go ‘come on Kerry, you’re a mum’.

Kerry was referring to the infamous 2009 News of the World video that she admits did indeed show her snorting cocaine.

She said: ‘Yes. Yes, I was. I hold my hands up. And if I hadn’t of done any of those things, the situation I was in, the people I was surrounded by, I had nobody to help me – these were my friends and family – and I had no one to help me.

Happier times: A month later, Katona and Mark Croft split up. A police investigation into how the couple spent £10m in their five years together was launched (pictured in February 2008)

‘I was made bankrupt. I’d been dropped by Iceland. It was spiralling out of control and I started taking more and more drugs.’

Kerri said the turning point came when she attended a two-week boot camp in January.

‘I was asking my husband to help me but he was not helping at all. Until I went to boot camp for two weeks at the beginning of January this year and I was clean for two weeks and I did not want to go home.

‘Because the exercise made me really think, it cleared my head. When you’re diagnosed with bipolar all the doctors say, go exercise, but you can’t be bothered, until you actually do it, and it cleared my mind and I thought I don’t want to go home.’

A month later, Katona and Mark split up. A police investigation into how the couple spent £10m in their five years together was launched.

Kerry said coming off the drugs was like ‘coming out of a coma. It was like, “right, what’s going on, where’s my money gone?” So when I came off the medication, we starting arguing, I wanted to find out where it’d all gone.’

Kerry said to her children: ‘This is why I want you kids not to judge someone until you know the ins and outs of everything’

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