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Kerry Katona takes a swipe at ex Brian McFadden and says he 'isn't a good dad’

Kerry Katona has appeared to take a swipe at ex Brian McFadden over his parenting skills.

The couple share her eldest children together, 21-year-old Molly Marie and 19-year-old Lilly-Sue. Kerry is also mum to Heidi, 15, and Maxwell, 14, with second ex-husband Mark Croft and eight-year-old Dylan-Jorge with late third ex-husband George Kay.

Speaking exclusively to the Mirror, Kerry - who was married to Brian from 2002 until 2006 - admitted that she doesn't have a blueprint as to what makes a good dad.

She said: "Brian's not a good dad because he's still alive, Mark Croft isn't a good dad isn't a good dad because he's still there. They're not good dads."

However, the mum-of-five also admits she feels so much guilt over her eldest daughter Molly's decision to move to Dublin to live with her grandparents in 2017 to escape her abusive third ex-husband George.

In her new book, Kerry candidly opens up about her troubled relationship with George, who died age 39 in 2019 after eating a ball of cocaine, and the abuse she suffered at his hands.

Writing in her autobiography, Kerry Katona : Whole Again – Love, Life and Me, the Atomic Kitten star recalls how her late ex's abusive behaviour began to influence their daughter DJ.

Kerry writes in her upcoming book of the abuse: "It was DJ who worried me the most around this time.

"She was picking up on things she’d seen her father do and even though she was still tiny, only just becoming a toddler really, she had started to spit on me.

"It was so hard not to lose my temper when she did that, but I needed to understand why it was happening."

The mum adds: "She would punch and kick at me, lashing out when she got frustrated. It was all mimicked behaviour."

Kerry with eldest daughters Lilly-Sue and Molly, who she shares with Brian McFadden (AMP/

Speaking about Molly moving to Ireland, she said: "It was good for her education at the time, but I know George [Kay] played a part in that, Molly gave me a look of weakness that I will never, ever forget.

"One million percent, I live with that guilt every day but I think she did the right thing moving over there."

She says former rugby player George would fly into violent rages when he was high on drugs and attack her - and admitted she “would have died” had she stayed with him.

Kerry writes: “I know deep down that seeing me like that was what promoted Molly to move to Ireland that year.

“She was desperate to go to college and live a normal life and she opted to do that in Dublin, where she could live with her grandparents, Brian’s mum and dad.

“I was devastated but I put on a front, not wanting her to feel trapped as I did in Crowborough.”

Kerry Katona: Whole Again, published by Mirror Books, is available from high street stores, supermarkets and Amazon now.

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