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Kerry Katona opens up about spending Christmas Day in a refuge centre as a child

Kerry Katona has opened up about spending Christmas Day in refuge centre as a child.

The mother-of-five, who recently tested positive for the coronavirus, admitted the experience has made her go “above and beyond” to spoil her children during the festive season.

The 40-year-old told OK! Magazine: “I always remember being in a refuge with my mum and we’d just got re-homed. I was only nine.”


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The people from the refuge knocked on the door on Christmas Day with a bin bag of second-hand toys.

“We got a can of corned beef and some baked beans and I was really grateful,” the former Atomic Kitten star recalled.

“That’s why I like to go above and beyond for the kids – because I like to give them the Christmases I never had.”

Kerry is mum to five children – including Molly, 19, Lily Sue, 17, Heidi, 13, Maxwell, 12, and Dylan-Jorge, 6.

Opening up about their plans for this Christmas, the former I’m A Celeb winner admitted: “I’m normally the first one up and then the kids will come down and each have their own pile of presents to open.

“They’re not allowed to open them until I’ve got a bin bag in my hand for all the wrapping paper.

“We’ll open a bottle of champagne and have a glass in the morning and then we’ll get the dinner going while the kids are playing with their toys. It’ll be lovely.”

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Kerry, who is engaged to Ryan Mahoney, shared an update amid her coronavirus diagnosis on Tuesday.

Taking to Instagram, she wrote: “Want to give you all a update that we’re on the mend and through the worse! Thank god!

“A big thank you to everyone for your lovely Messages.. the one thing I’m still struggling with is the fatigue! ❤️❤️❤️”.

The singer previously admitted she had “never felt so poorly” in her life amid her Covid-19 battle, and that she was “absolutely heartbroken” by the diagnosis.


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