Kerry Katona has admitted she’s splashed some serious cash on Christmas presents this year – because she won’t be with all her kids.
The 38-year-old former Atomic Kitten singer has spent thousands on making her five kids happy with expensive gifts as she won’t see her eldest two, Molly and Lily, as they’ll be with dad Brian McFadden’s parents.
And despite being declared bankrupt twice in the past, Kerry confessed she’s splashed the dosh because she feels insecure about her children’s lack of family.
"I’ve spent about £500 each, but you have to remember that the youngest three only have me," she told New! magazine of Heidi, 11, Max, 10, and four-year-old Dylan Jorge.
"If I don’t buy for them, no one will. They have no aunties or uncles – there’s no one on the other side of the family who would get them anything."
Her other exes – Mark Croft and George Kay – don’t see much of their kids, she hinted.
"Mark hasn’t seen them for years. And I’m not speaking about George."
Kerry’s also banned her brood from talking to her for four hours on Christmas Day, because she traditionally watches Gone With The Wind while her mum cracks on with cooking the turkey.
The singer, who has been open about her bipolar diagnosis in the past, also opened up about how she’ll struggle not having the whole family with her.
"It never feels like Christmas when all five aren’t with me. Every year I have to overcome that because otherwise I’d get really miserable and that’s not fair on the little ones," she continued.
"When the family’s not all together, it affects me. The kids are the reason I get up every morning, but they’re also the reason I drink every Friday night."
Kerry is currently appearing in the Northwick pantomime Cinderella, and said the show’s producers have splashed out on a cottage for her and the family to stay in over Christmas.
The troubled star has made a huge effort to turn her life around this year, after being caught in a toxic marriage with Kay.
She had previously been made bankrupt twice, once after failing to pay off the rest of a six-figure tax bill, but now believes she’s ready to turn over a new leaf.
Kerry will be appearing in the upcoming series of Celebs Go Dating, alongside TOWIE exes Megan McKenna and Pete Wicks – and joked that she "wouldn’t say no" if Pete offered her a smooch under the mistletoe.
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