KERRY Katona has cancelled her birthday celebrations to stay in as friends fear she is suffering delayed grief from the death of her ex-husband.
The former Atomic Kitten singer is devastated about the death of George Kay, who died in July of this year at the age of 39 of a cocaine overdose.
Her friends expected to paint the town red tonight alongside her current boyfriend, Ryan Mahoney.
But a source close to the now-39-year-old told The Sun Online she would rather spend time with her kids at home.
According to the source, Kerry told her friends: “I don’t want to celebrate, I just wish the day would be over before it’s begun.
“I plan on spending the whole day in bed under my duvet. I hate birthdays – they bring back nothing but painful memories for me.
“I just want to be home with the kids, my pieces of heaven.”
The mum-of-five’s friends are worried she’s only just now properly dealing with the grief from George’s death.
It was initially reported that George passed away after being found collapsed at home.
However, a week later reports said he passed away after “eating a quantity of cocaine” in front of horrified staff at the Holiday Inn in Sutton Weaver, Cheshire.
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George, from Warrington, is the father of her daughter Dylan-Jorge. The pair were married from 2014 to 2017, though they originally met when they were teenagers.
Before getting into a public relationship with Kerry, he was a professional rugby league player until 2004. He played as a winger for Warrington Wolves.
The pair got together just a year after he was released from prison for blackmail.
Kay served half a six year sentence after being convicted for two counts of blackmail at Manchester Crown Court in November 2008.
Before George, Kerry married Westlife’s Brian McFadden for four years.
They had two children together, Molly, 18, and Lilly-Sue, 16, before they split in 2006.
She then married taxi driver Mark Croft for another four years, eventually splitting in 2011.
Their children are Heidi, 12, and Maxwell, 11.
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