The troubled star's got her belly back as she ditches the diet

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Kerry Katona famously had £15,000 of plastic surgery, including liposuction, and embarked on a healthy eating regime, but she just can’t keep the weight off or shift her stubborn jelly belly.

The mum of four, who lost 3st before Christmas to go from size 16 to 10, tried her best to cover up her tummy as she headed out to pick up her one-year-old son Max from nursery last Tuesday.

But even showing off her legs in a pair of denim shorts and wearing a leopard-print jacket couldn’t distract from the belly bulge.

Kerry, 28, who also popped to the shops for a bottle of full-fat Coke, seems to have gone back on her vow to only eat fatty treats at the weekend and live on a diet of bran flakes, salad and protein shakes during the week.

Perhaps the star, who’s admitted to comfort eating in the past, has turned to junk food again as a result of her troubles – the latest being a major bust-up with husband Mark Croft, 38.

The volatile pair split in March when Kerry accused him of using her for her money, but were reunited four days later. Bankrupt Kerry is also said to be irrationally convinced that Mark’s having an affair with his ex-girlfriend Louise Oortwyn, the mother of his daughter Keeley, seven.

Kerry’s suspicions reportedly led to a huge row between the couple when they attended the funeral of Mark’s aunt a couple of weeks ago. Added to that, Kerry’s said to be worried about losing her lucrative deal with supermarket chain Iceland – Dancing On Ice star Coleen Nolan has taken the lead role in their recent ads.

If that wasn’t enough, last week her stepsister – and former nanny – Pat Ferrier revealed intimate snaps of Kerry as a youngster. One included a then three-year-old Kerry pretending to smoke a cigarette, while another shows her mother nursing a pint as her daughter plays. With all this, it would be no surprise if keeping in shape was the last thing on Kerry’s mind.

See the latest pictures of Kerry Katona in Now magazine dated 20 April 2009 – out now!