Kerry Katona says her friendship with Phillip Scofield is back on track, after she refused to appear on This Morning for 10 years following her infamous ‘slurred speech’ interview.
In an interview 13 years ago, Kerry appeared to be slurring her words on the ITV chat show prompting hosts Phil and Fern Britton to ask questions about the singer’s drink and drug addiction.
The former face of Iceland revealed that while she ‘gets on great’ with Phil now, at the time the backlash she received after the show aired made her suicidal.
Kerry, 40, admitted that she found it strange that Phil and Fern “never once asked” about her mental health considering she revealed she was struggling with bi-polar disorder.
During an appearance on Marnie’s Home Truths podcast, Kerry recalled: “Never once did they say to me, ‘Oh, oh right – what’s bipolar and what’s the medication you’re taking? I didn’t get any of that.”
After the interview Kerry was met by Paparazzi at her home and said the subsequent backlash “was just awful.”
“Next day, front page of the papers, ‘Sherry Kerry’, ‘Merry Kerry’. It was just awful. I was suicidal. I wanted to die, I wanted to kill myself. It was everywhere,” she said.
She said: “I remember leaving that show and I was just like, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe this. I can see what’s happening.’
Explaining her bizarre appearance Kerry said: “That was pure bipolar medication. Coke doesn’t make you slur. I was never a really big drinker if I’m brutally honest. It was always the drugs for me.
“I’ve got no reason to lie that that wasn’t drugs – if it was, why would I say it wasn’t? It was pure bipolar medication.
“Now I never told anybody I had bipolar. I was diagnosed in 2005. My psychiatrist said to me, ‘Don’t tell the public you’ve got mental health issues because they won’t understand it’.
“So if I was on This Morning slurring, and I was in a wheelchair, for instance, if I’m in a wheelchair slurring and I’ve got three degree burns (sic) on my face, you can physically see there’s something wrong with me.
“And then you’d be like, ‘Oh, God love her. Oh, bless her!’ But because I’m on medication, and this is mental health, no-one can see it. ‘Oh, she’s off her f**king head’.”
After the show aired, Kerry refused to go on This Morning for 10 years, but insists she feels no ill will to host Phil.
“I mean I get on great with Phillip now, and he’s been absolutely lovely,” she said.
“I think we’ve all learnt a lot with regards to mental health. A hell of a lot.
“But even up until last year, that interview stuck with me.”
The Mirror has contacted Phillip’s rep and This Morning for comment.