Kerry Katona has admitted she is relieved that her ex George Kay passed away in fears that he could have killed her.
In her first interview since Kay’s death from a drug overdose on July 6th at the age of 39, the former Atomic Kitten singer, 38, has expressed that his passing has ‘saved’ her daughter Dylan-George, 5, from growing up ‘witnessing her father’s psychotic episodes.’
Kerry also went on to reveal the moment she found out about his death, stating that when she saw his dad was ringing her, she assumed George was on his way to her house to ‘kidnap’ their child.
‘If he hadn’t have died, it would have been me!’ Kerry Katona, 38, has admitted she is relieved that her ex George Kay passed away in fears that he could have killed her
Speaking to the Sunday People about George – who she was married to from 2014 to 2017 – Kerry said: ‘You have to remember the hell he put us through. To be honest it’s almost a relief he died when he did, when DJ is at this age.
‘If he hadn’t have died, it would’ve been me. My mum says she was just waiting for the call from the police to say he’d killed me.’
Kerry explained that she was never able to fully relax unless he was sent back to jail or if he was dead.
The blonde also explained what went through her mind, when George’s father called her about his passing.
‘My first thought was that he was coming to the house to kidnap DJ. Then I got a message from his brother Ash, telling me to ring him and suddenly I just knew. I knew George was dead.’
The singer has expressed that his passing has ‘saved’ her daughter Dylan-George, 5, from growing up ‘witnessing her father’s psychotic episodes’
Tragic: Kay passed away from a drug overdose on July 6th at the age of 39
Kerry admitted her first reaction was to just ‘scream’, and her other children Max, Heidi, Molly and Lily ‘threw themselves on the floor in complete shock’ – despite being ‘petrified’ of George.
When it came to little DJ, Kerry explained that she sat her down and told her that ‘Daddy had fallen asleep and woke up in heaven.’
Kerry also confessed that she had attempted to hire a car to drive to see her mum, but was refused because George had hired a car in her name and not paid the fine.
She also touched upon his battle with drugs, admitting that she was ‘furious’ with him that he ‘couldn’t leave that s*** alone.’
Just weeks before his death, George shared an image of himself and Dylan-Jorge on his Facebook page alongside the caption: ‘Daddy loves you always xxx.’
There had reportedly been a restraining order issued keeping George away from Kerry at the time of his death.
Kerry explained that she was never able to fully relax unless he was sent back to jail or if he was dead
The pair initially met during their teenage years at at Padgate High School in Warrington where they were childhood sweethearts.
The former-couple rekindled their romance during their thirties while Kerry was on her book tour for Too Much Too Young and George worked as her security guard.
During their three-year marriage George battled mental health issues and Kerry later claimed that he had been violent towards her throughout their relationship.
She previously split from him in October 2015 after 13 months together and a month later appeared in court accusing him of beating her up at their home, after allegedly arming himself with a Taser-style device and a knife.
However he was later acquitted after prosecutors revealed that they didn’t have enough evidence to secure a conviction.
A matter of months later, the pair first sparked reconciliation rumours when they were spotted out together with their daughter. The couple were determined to make their relationship work and appeared on the reality show In Therapy to talk through their issues.
They then renewed their wedding vows in November 2016.
Speaking shortly after the reconciliation, Kerry insisted to OK! magazine that George ‘wasn’t a monster’ and they both had ‘fiery tempers’.
She explained: ‘There was never a restraining order, that was reported incorrectly. I’ve never felt threatened. I’ve been no angel in this either. I can get angry and mad, too.’
Kerry is a doting mother to five. She has two daughters with ex-Westlife partner Brian McFadden – Molly, 17, and Lilly-Sue. She also shares Heidi, 12, and Maxwell, 11, with second husband Mark Croft.
Soon after George’s passing, Fathers4Justice had attacked Kerry on Twitter, claiming that she had ‘blood on her hands’.
But Lilly-Sue and other social media users reacted with fury, branding the tweet ‘disgusting’ and ‘nasty’.
Kerry threw her support behind her teen daughter as she informed the campaigners that they ‘never knew George like her family did’ and that her mother ‘put her neck on the line for him on countless occasions.’
The teen’s tweets read: ‘@F4JOfficial I find your tweets repulsive and insensitive. You must remind yourself he had kids who are at an age that use social media.
‘You did not know George like we did and to have the audacity to speak of my mother who put her neck on the line for that man on countless occasions when no decent human would is vile.
‘We’re in mourning and people like you are poisonous. Using death for your own gain and to increase your following is disgusting. I’m sending love and light your way as it is clearly needed.’
Kerry ensured to ‘like’, and then retweet Lilly-Sue’s impassioned tweets, and did the same to other tweets backing her up in light of Fathers4Justice’s remarks.