Whatever you consider Kerry Katona, you possibly can’t deny there’s something refreshingly trustworthy in regards to the Warrington-born persona.
Ever since she was thrust into the limelight in 1998 as a part of woman band Atomic Kitten, Kerry has laid all her playing cards out on the desk – typically to her detriment.
Over the years she has seen extra highs and lows than most.
Mental well being battles – significantly her battle with bipolar dysfunction – have performed a huge half in Kerry’s life, together with dependancy and a fairly checkered relationship historical past.
Kerry’s newest enterprise just isn’t with out controversy both.
The businesswoman, who is understood for her yo-yo weight struggles, has teamed up with SkinnyJab – an injectable weight management drug that she says has helped her lose two stone since August.
The drug – additionally favoured by Towie star Gemma Collins – claims it may possibly ‘take away starvation from the equation’.
But the drug has its critics – This Morning’s Dr Zoe Williams mentioned just lately that movie star endorsements like this had been ‘irresponsible’, including she would solely prescribe the energetic ingredient, liraglutide, for sufferers with ‘extreme weight problems’.
According to medicines watchdog NICE , quite common uncomfortable side effects of liraglutide embody constipation, diarrhoea, dizziness, complications, nausea, gallbladder problems, gastrointestinal discomfort, gastrointestinal problems, headache, elevated threat of an infection, insomnia, nausea, pores and skin reactions, altered style, toothache and vomiting.
Uncommon uncomfortable side effects can embody coronary heart points, kidney issues, pancreatitis and dehydration.
And the web site for Victoza, one among liraglutide’s model names, warns that it ‘might trigger critical uncomfortable side effects, together with attainable thyroid tumors, together with most cancers’.
But Kerry, 39, is adamant that she wouldn’t put her identify to something if she didn’t imagine in it and use it herself.
“I don’t prefer to bullsh*t.
If it didn’t work, I wouldn’t put it on the market,” she instructed the Manchester Evening News.
“I’ve been provided so many merchandise to work with however I received’t do it if I’m not completely behind it.
“At the tip of the day I’m a mom and a enterprise girl and I’ve to imagine in what I’m promoting.
“With all the pieces you’re taking there’s going to at all times be uncomfortable side effects of some kind. Obviously it won’t be for everybody.
“I’ve had a little bit of tummy bloating however that’s about it. I’ve had worse uncomfortable side effects from treatment prescribed by docs.”
SkinnyJab – which just lately opened a clinic in Stockport with the assistance of Kerry – is definitely not a low-cost repair at £250 a month, however Kerry says it’s about extra than simply the day by day injection.
“One hundred per cent it’s a lifestyle change,” she defined.
“With this you get a care package deal, nutritional vitamins, wholesome porridge within the morning – it’s not simply take the jab every day and that’s it.
“You pay £250 a month which is simply £Eight a day – the identical as you’d pay every day at Costa for a toastie and a latte.”
Kerry additionally says her health and food regimen overhaul, which has come hand in hand with the jabs, has carried out wonders for her mind-set.
“Exercise and food regimen is a huge issue in relation to psychological well being.
“It impacts your thoughts. Think about it – in the event you eat chips all day you’re going to really feel garbage,” she mentioned.
“I really imagine that docs ought to prescribe train for individuals like me, however as an alternative they offer you tablets.
“As a mum, like many others, life is difficult, but it surely’s the way you cope with issues.
“I’ve educated myself on my very own sickness.
“I’ve my very own triggers and I do know what to do to assist them.”
Looking again on her 20-year profession within the public eye, Kerry says the one distinction is that it is a lot calmer than it as soon as was.
And she loves nothing greater than being mum to daughters Molly, 18, and Lily-Sue, 16, who she shares with ex-husband Brian McFadden, Heidi, 12 and Max, 11, who she shares with ex Mark Croft and five-year-old daughter DJ, who she had together with her late ex George Kay, who died following a drug overdose in July.
“I am no different to any other parent,” she mentioned. “I fart, sh*t and burp similar to everybody else.
“I don’t have childcare, do my very own cleansing, the college run, washing, make the beds.
“The solely factor that’s totally different is I’m on the telly. I’m open and trustworthy about my psychological well being as a result of I believe this stuff should be spoken about.”
To be truthful to Kerry, she does look good – she’s slimmed all the way down to a slinky dimension Eight-10 and says she has by no means felt higher.
“I have lost two stone since August and I feel amazing,” she beamed.
“It’s that point of yr once we all need to have the ability to slip into a little black gown for Christmas – I really feel so good I wish to put on it for the college run.
“It’s not about being skinny.
“I’m 40 subsequent yr and have by no means felt higher.”