Kerry Katona is branded a ‘cokehead’ by a child, 12, in her daughter Heidi’s class at school

She has previously previously revealed she started taking drugs aged 14, and once admitted that cocaine used to be her ‘best friend.’ 

And, Kerry Katona, 39, has revealed that she was branded a ‘cokehead’ by a child, 12, in her young daughter Heidi’s class at school, just a few weeks ago.

The former Atomic Kitten singer – who started taking drugs aged 14 – was shocked to discover that such young children knew about her past addiction.

No way! Kerry Katona, 39, has revealed that she was branded a 'cokehead' by a child, 12, in her young daughter Heidi's class at school, just a few weeks ago

No way! Kerry Katona, 39, has revealed that she was branded a ‘cokehead’ by a child, 12, in her young daughter Heidi’s class at school, just a few weeks ago

Writing in her latest new! magazine column, Kerry revealed: ‘Our Heidi came home a couple of weeks ago saying one of the kids in her class had called me a cokehead. 

‘How do kids of 12 know about my drugs past from over a decade ago?’

Kerry has her suspicions about the playground gossip but is adamant young children shouldn’t know about her personal issues.  

She added: ‘It goes to show the parents are talking about me to their children. I didn’t know what a cokehead was at that age and I don’t think the kids in Heidi’s class should be aware of my problems.’

Shocked! The former Atomic Kitten singer - who started taking drugs aged 14 - was shocked to discover that such young children knew about her past addiction

Shocked! The former Atomic Kitten singer – who started taking drugs aged 14 – was shocked to discover that such young children knew about her past addiction

Oh dear: Writing in her latest new! magazine column, Kerry revealed: 'Our Heidi came home a couple of weeks ago saying one of the kids in her class had called me a cokehead'

Oh dear: Writing in her latest new! magazine column, Kerry revealed: ‘Our Heidi came home a couple of weeks ago saying one of the kids in her class had called me a cokehead’

However, Kerry is determined to have a strong bond with her children as she tries to be open about her life.

She said: ‘Heidi is defensive of me, but I’ve always been open about it with my kids, so they know the truth.’ 

Kerry is a mum of five to Molly, 18, and Lilly-Sue, 16, from her relationship with her first husband Brian McFadden, Heidi, 12, and Max, 11, with second spouse Mark Croft and Dylan-Jorge, five, with her late third husband George Kay.

Kerry has come a long way since her past battle with depression and addiction, which saw her try and take her own life at her lowest ebb in 2012.

How are they aware? Kerry has her suspicions about the playground gossip but is adamant young children shouldn't know about her personal issues

How are they aware? Kerry has her suspicions about the playground gossip but is adamant young children shouldn’t know about her personal issues

Candid: Kerry Katona has previously admitted that cocaine used to be her 'best friend'

Candid: Kerry Katona has previously admitted that cocaine used to be her ‘best friend’

Speaking about her past drug use, the star, who checked herself into rehab in 2008 and 2010, told the Mirror in June: ‘It wasn’t so much that I was an addict, more that I binged.

‘It got to the point I was so lonely, so empty. Cocaine was my best friend. It was always there for me when I was down.

‘When I was feeling worthless it gave me that self love and confidence. But it turned out to be a liar.

‘I’m not tempted to go down that route any more. I don’t even drink at home – I’ve got to do the school run.’ 

Speaking out: Kerry has openly spoken about her drug addiction issues in the past (pictured in 2000)

Speaking out: Kerry has openly spoken about her drug addiction issues in the past (pictured in 2000) 

According to The Sun, Kerry revealed that her addiction started when she was just 14, saying, ‘I know my mum’s watching. I’m very proud of my mum and who she is today but my addition started back when I was 14.

‘I was in a foster home and I was only allowed to see my mum via supervised visits. I’m the only child. 

‘I went down to the pub on a Sunday, as one does from being up North, and I remember my mum going to the pub, she was with a woman at the time. My mum became a brief lesbian.

‘And I walked into the toilet, I was 14, and she had this bag of white powder. I said, “Mum, what’s that?” She said, “It’s sherbet,”‘

Sad: The star previously told the Mirror : 'It got to the point I was so lonely, so empty. Cocaine was my best friend. It was always there for me when I was down.'

Sad: The star previously told the Mirror : ‘It got to the point I was so lonely, so empty. Cocaine was my best friend. It was always there for me when I was down.’

Troubled childhood: According to The Sun , Kerry revealed that her addiction started when she was just 14 (pictured in 2004)

Troubled childhood: According to The Sun , Kerry revealed that her addiction started when she was just 14 (pictured in 2004)

‘I went home to my foster parents and I must have been awake for 24 hours…it was speed,’ she added. 

‘For me that was normality. Every weekend we’d go out…and this is not me blaming my mum or me saying, “My mum’s a bad mum.”

‘My mum did not know any different. Nor did I and, as I got older and older, it went from doing speed and then I met a boy and he introduced me to cocaine, I must have been about 15, 16.

‘I was a really, really good kid but when I became an adult it just kind of went downhill from there, really.’ 

The star added that herself and her mother, Sue Katona, no longer use drugs and have turned their lives around. 

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