Kerry Katona has confessed the backlash from her infamous interview on This Morning in 2008 left her considering suicide.
The 37-year-old, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2005, has always maintained her slurring was caused by medication and insists she was judged unfairly because of her mental health.
Speaking to the Daily Star, Kerry said: ‘It’s taken me 10 years from that This Morning interview where I was slurring my words due to my bipolar medication… look at this serious f***ing sh*t.
‘I was that close to taking my own life because of that interview because I was so judged by it. Now I want to be the voice of mental health so people don’t feel ashamed or embarrassed.’
Mum-of-four Kerry has confessed to taking illegal drugs in the past but previously insisted the chat with Phillip Schofield and Fern Britton almost ruined her career.
She told Closer: ‘I’m still climbing that ladder. The criticism I got, the judgement because of my slurring still sticks with me today. No one believed it was my meds that made me slur, but it was – instead they assume it was the drugs and that’s the reputation I got.’
But Kerry – who recently split from third husband George Kay – says she’s in a great place now, adding: ‘I’ve got to say this is the best headspace I’ve been in in a long, long, long time. I’m most definitely in a relationship with myself and learning to love me.’