KERRY Katona has opened up about the vicious abuse she has received from trolls and mum-shamers.
The mum of five, 41, revealed her agony at the hands of people who made nasty remarks including: "Are you not dead yet?"
But she insisted that, after a long struggle to shut out the haters, she no longer cares what people say.
Writing in her column in New magazine, Kerry said she sympathised with footballer presenter Alex Scott, who has been abused online.
She explained: "Trolling is one of the most horrific things anyone can go through and I really feel for our kids.
"I've been called an 'unfit mother' and been asked: 'Are you not dead yet?'
"You do start to believe the horrible comments after a while. But for me, I got to a certain point in my life, when I was 36, where I told myself: 'Other people's opinions of me do not matter, they do not define me as a person.'"
She added: "It took me a long time to get to that point – but is where I am now."
Kerry rocketed to fame alongside her co-stars in Atomic Kitten but has recently become a start of reality TV.
She appeared on Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins where she won viewers' hearts speaking about the horrendous abuse she received at the hands of ex George Kay.
Kerry has a daughter, seven-year-old Dylan-Jorge with her ex George, who died in 2019.
She also has daughters Molly, 20, and Lilly, 18, with Westlife star Brian McFadden and Heidi, 14, and Max, 13, with ex Mark Croft.
Asking about the impact it had on her children, Kerry explained: "George was really abusive.
"They heard the shouting and saw the black eyes. Eventually I left – I just thought, 'I can't let my kids grow up like this.'"
Speaking on Celebrity SAS, she said: "When George died there were so many mixed emotions. I was so angry.
Trolling is one of the most horrific things anyone can go through and I really feel for our kids
"How f***ing dare you die. Putting me and the kids through all that s**t and then you just die.
"The worst conversation I had to have was with my five-year-old [Dylan-Jorge] to tell her her daddy had died. I had to explain that to a baby. T**t as he was, he was still her dad."
Alex Scott revealed earlier this month that he had been subjected to hate after she was rumoured to be taking over A Question Of Sport last year.
She explained: "Being an athlete, you’re used to criticism, and I could always take that as a footballer in terms of: ‘I don’t think you had a good game.’ But trolling – it’s not related to what I can improve.
"I went from being on screen doing a job I love to thinking: ‘I know what’s going to happen as soon as I step off this chair.’”
Alex bravely added to Women's Health: "I was in a really dark place… I was lonely. I’d go home and it felt like I was all on my own. [I’d think], I’ve got no one to talk to, no one knows what I’m experiencing or going through.
"Until, eventually, the only thing I could do was tell everyone. That was my, ‘I can’t take it any more, I need to tell you all what I’m going through’ moment."
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