Former Atomic Kitten singer Kerry Katona reveals ‘physical’ fight with bandmate Natasha Hamilton led to her expulsion from the girl group
British singer Kerry Katona has reflected on her sudden departure from the ’90s hit girl group Atomic Kitten.
Katona had been in the popular girl group since 1998 before she was allegedly fired in 2000 for a “physical” conflict with her bandmate, Natasha Hamilton.
Katona, now 42, details her actions in her new book, Whole again, which was the title of one of their hit songs. In an extract obtained by SunKatona recalls one crazy night that went wrong when she, Hamilton and bandmate Michelle Heaton were touring Australia and New Zealand in 2000.
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The bend resulted in Heaton – who was assisting Liz McLarnon – being taken to the hospital, and Hamilton accused Katona of pulling the strings of photographers who had taken Heaton in bad shape.
“We got into a big fight. I’m not proud of the fact that it became physical but I’m totally flabbergasted that she’s accusing me of doing something I absolutely didn’t do.” Katona writes in her book. with Hamilton.
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“I became dismayed. I kicked in front of people. They ended up locking me out of the pub, so I tried to break down the door to get back in. I was really angry.”
When she left the group, Katona was also pregnant with her first child with singer Brian McFadden. They welcomed daughter Molly in 2001 and a second child Lilly-Sue later, but they split in 2004 after only two years of marriage.
Katona has three other children, Heidi, 15, and Maxwell, 13, with second husband Mark Croft, and Dylan, seven, with third husband George Kay.
When the singer reflected on her days with the band, Katona said she would be reunited with the group “in a heartbeat”.
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“I’m sad and jealous. What I wouldn’t consider is getting back on stage with them,” she said of the trio reunited last year to record a new version of their 2000 hit Whole again Is called Southgate You’re The One.
“There’s no better feeling than being in front of an audience with your friends singing songs and doing dance moves. I’ll be there in a heartbeat if they want me back.”
“All I can do now is take the high road and wish them success in the world.”
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