Kerry Katona has looked back on being in foster care during her childhood, revealing it can be a "very lonely time" for children who have no choice but to stay with strangers for Christmas.
The Atomic Kitten star, 42, admitted she at times felt "unloved" when she was younger, and the stigma that comes with being in foster care stayed with her when she was at school.
She wrote in her exclusive column: "Christmas can be a lonely time for children in foster care. You feel unloved and think, “Is it my fault? Have I done something wrong?”
"And that stigma stays with you even during school."
Kerry continued: "A lot of the teachers looked down on me as if it was my fault and I was some naughty child.
"I wasn’t in a foster home because I was a naughty child, I was in a foster home because my mum picked her abusive fella over me."
She added: "That wasn’t my fault. Even going to the toilet in someone else’s house was daunting."
The mum of five went on to share that since going on to build her own family, she has ensured everyone feels welcome at her house when she has visitors.
She said: "I think that’s why, whenever anyone comes to my house, I’m overly friendly and welcoming. I’ll go, 'Take your shoes off, chill out, get into your pyjamas.' I want them to feel really welcome because I know what it’s like.
"I had four sets of foster parents growing up. I know more than anyone how it feels when you
have to live with people you don’t know."
Kerry then told us how she's counting down the days until she's reunited with her family for Christmas while she's busy with Panto.
But the star hasn't been feeling the best after being struck down with the flu.
The singer posted a couple of selfies complaining about her illness, with one caption which read: "This is what an ageing ex popstar looks like full of flu."
Kerry previously explained how she suffers from health anxiety: "I was lying down in bed and I felt like I couldn’t breathe.
"My throat and chest felt really tight, it was awful."
Kerry shared that she "felt like she was going to die" before reaching out to get help from a doctor.
"I’ve arranged a call with my doctor but if it gets worse I’ll go to A&E. I suffer from health anxiety and I’m really scared," Kerry said.
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