TV star Kerry Katona has publicly blasted Philip Schofield after her car crash interview on This Morning left her feeling suicidal 13 years ago.
The infamous interview showed the star appearing to slur her words as she chatted to presenters Phillip and Fern Britton on the ITV show, sparking claims she was intoxicated.
However, the star later claimed it was her bipolar medication that caused the slurring.
The former Atomic Kitten scolded Schofield, 59, on Marnie’s Home Truth’s Podcast, revealing she was shocked that Phil and Co-star Fern Britton "never once asked" about mental health and instead raised questions about her boozing and drug addiction, after she revealed she was struggling with bi-polar disorder.
The star did however admit that the pair now “get on great.”
She explained: "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."
She said the aftermath "was just awful" to deal with, adding: "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 added: "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.”
Katona, 40, said the fallout from the incident has stayed with her over the years, adding that she had "no reason to lie" about whether she had been using drugs or drinking.
"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,” she added.
"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 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’."
She later said that the public response to invisible mental health conditions is flawed, and that she hopes we have all learned a lot from this incident.
She added: “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.”
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