Kerry Katona has revealed that her late ex-husband George Kay hit her every day during their relationship and even tried to strangle her while driving.
The former Atomic Kitten member opened up about the traumatic abuse in her new memoir, titled Kerry Katona: Whole Again, saying she was even beaten while pregnant.
The 42-year-old TV personality married George in 2014 after two years of dating before they split a year later – the former rugby league player died suddenly in 2019 after eating “a lot of cocaine”.
‘He tried to strangle me while driving’: Kerry Katona, 42, has said her ex-husband George Kay would hit her EVERY DAY as she revealed the hellish extent of his domestic violence in her new book
Kerry and George split amid a spate of shocking allegations of domestic violence and spousal substance abuse – which she previously revealed left her feeling “worthless”.
In her new book, she recalls an incident where her ex tried to strangle her while she was driving – even pulling her out of the vehicle.
Quoting The Sun, she wrote: “I could hardly breathe and honestly thought I was done for when he released his grip, pulled over, opened the passenger door and pulled me out of the car by my hair.
Former husband: The 42-year-old TV personality married George in 2014 after two years of dating before they split a year later – the former rugby league player died suddenly in 2019 after eating “a lot of cocaine” (pictured together in 2013 )
Terrible: Recalling the horrific ordeal in further detail in her new book, Kerry recalled an incident where her ex tried to strangle her during a car ride – even pulling her out of the vehicle
“I fell and banged my head on the door. He spat at me, got back in the car and drove away.’
She said the attack was sparked during a home tour when she was recalling a story about singer Bryan Adams telling her to eat her vegetables.
She said: “I’m telling the story to George and the landlord, I had this big plate of veggies in front of me and I didn’t feel like it but Bryan kept urging me in his awesome Canadian tone of voice, ‘Eat them, you gotta eat your veggies !’ she remembers.
I wrote further, “And then Bryan Adams fed me broccoli off the fork,” I proudly told George and this random landlord.
Traumatic: Of the car incident, Kerry wrote: “I could hardly breathe and honestly thought I was done for when he released his grip, stopped, opened the passenger door and pulled me out of the car by my hair” (pictured with George in 2015
Pregnancy: She also opened up about how her late ex would hit her while she was pregnant with their daughter, Dylan-Jorge, who they welcomed in 2014 (George pictured with her daughter in 2014)
“There was nothing sexual or romantic about that moment with Bryan. It was just a joking exchange between two people who had just met and got along well – in front of their significant other.
‘But George didn’t see it that way. We quickly left the home tour, got in the car and when he pulled away he had one hand on the wheel and one around my neck,” Kerry wrote of the harrowing experience.
Kerry welcomed daughter Dylan-Jorge with George in April 2014 and has detailed in the book how her late ex would even hit her while she was pregnant.
“Even as my stomach grew, he would knock me over, kick me and spit in my face. Shortly after apologizing, he told me how much he loved me and gently let me know that it was all my fault for pushing his buttons. And then I would be the one apologizing,” she wrote.
Longtime: The couple officially divorced in 2017 after meeting as teenagers at school and beginning a romance years later (pictured in 2015)
The star, who is mother to daughters Molly and Lilly-Sue with singer Brian McFadden, Heidi, 13, and Max, 12, with ex-husband Mark Croft, and Dylan-Jorge with George, is now engaged to fitness trainer Ryan Mahoney.
But despite being in love with her fiancé, whom she met five years ago through dating app Bumble, the star has endured lifelong trauma following George’s abuse.
The couple officially divorced in 2017 after meeting as teenagers at school and beginning a romance years later.
George died at a Holiday Inn in Cheshire where, according to an inquest after his death, he crushed a ball of cocaine in a sock and ‘ate’ the contents.
In love: Kerry is now engaged to fitness instructor Ryan Mahoney, whom she met five years ago through dating app Bumble
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