Kerry Katona reflected on a widely-discussed interview she gave on This Morning some years ago, stating that people responded as if she had “killed somebody.”
The Atomic Kitten singer went on the ITV show in 2008, when she was interrogated by Fern Britton and Phillip Schofield about cosmetic treatment she’d had done for a TV show.
During the conversation, Phillip noted that Kerry’s speech seemed slurred, forcing her to clarify that she had taken medicine the night before and that she was “totally fine.”
In a recent interview, the 42-year-old expressed her confusion at the unfavourable comments she received at the time.
Speaking on Slingo’s Getting Lippy Gossip Show, she said: ‘After my This Morning interview you thought I’d killed somebody and I’m just like I don’t understand what it is I’ve done so wrong?
‘I’ve had speech therapy and I’ve got a lazy tongue and with my ADHD and way I talk sometimes I don’t pronounce the words properly. Then you put in the medication I was on and your speech is slurred and it’s like, “Oh she’s this, she’s that.”’
Kerry addressed it on Good Morning Britain in 2018, a decade after the interview, agreeing with the viewpoint that it “destroyed her career.”
‘I think for so long the mental health stigma, it’s still a taboo really. That was down to my pure medication,’ she stated.
‘I’ll admit I’ve done drugs in the past, I’ve done the drink, I’ve done all that. But that was my bipolar medication and to this day I’m still trying to get TV companies, producers to try and trust in me again because of my mental health illness.’
Earlier this year, Kerry spoke out about her experience of the workplace culture at ITV, stating: ‘The culture at ITV, and the toxicity, and the aftercare is so lack of that I was left suicidal.
‘No one reached out to me whatsoever it was so disgusting.’
Kerry parodied her This Morning interview in 2020 while visiting a dental cosmetic clinic, posting a photograph of herself on the ITV show beside a more recent one.
She wrote in the caption: ‘Some things never change 🤣🤣🤣🤣 if you can’t laugh at yourself what can you do! 🤣🤣🤣 thought I’d get there first!!!! 🤦♀️🤦♀️🤦♀️ after being sedated @the.sandford fun times 😂😂😂😂.’
This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV.
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Source My Celebrity Life.