Kerry Katona: ‘I’ve never looked hotter’

Kerry Katona reveals the impact of her latest body transformation – and offers troubled pal Jordan advice following a turbulent few years

Kerry Katona

by Marianna Manson |
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She’s proudly been showing off the results of her diet and lifestyle overhaul with bikini pictures, and has been posting photos of her yoga-honed physique on social media – revealing that her new image has helped her feel the best she’s ever felt about her body.

And Kerry Katona – who’s endured a very public battle with her weight, yo-yoing between a size 16 and an 8 – tells Closer that her personal-trainer boyfriend is loving the results of her new approach.

The 5ft 2 ex-Atomic Kitten singer, who now weighs 9st and is a toned size 8thanks to daily workouts with toyboy Ryan Mahoney, 31, says, “I’ve lost more weight – a further 8lbs – since Christmas, from being in panto [Sleeping Beauty], training with Ryan, doing yoga every morning, and continuing with the SkinnyJab injections, which completely curb your appetite.

“I feel better than ever and I think I look so hot right now! I’m so proud of my figure – I’ve posted shots online that show me in gorgeous underwear which Ryan bought me for Christmas... He thinks I look great in it.”

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The mum of five previously revamped her eating and exercise regime following the end of her third marriage with George Kay in the summer of 2017 – shedding 2st and slimming to a size 8 in the process. Recently, the star, 39, has embarked on another body blitz after relaxing her diet. She’s defended her use of weight-loss alternative SkinnyJab injections, which work by suppressing appetite and reducing sugar cravings, saying, “If this pen [which injects drugs into the body] is going to help me lose weight and help me feel good about myself, then what’s the problem?”

And Kerry – who’s mum to Molly, 18, and Lilly-Sue, 16, with ex-husband Brian McFadden, as well as Heidi, 13, and Max, 11, with ex Mark Croft, and Dylan-Jorge, five, with George – says she owes her healthier complexion to kicking her 10-a-day smoking habit at the start of the year. She reveals, “I feel really proud of myself as I’d been smoking since the age of 16. On New Year’s Eve, me and Molly were driving back from panto and I had four cigarettes in my packet.

“I woke up on New Year’s Day and smoked my last cigarette. I’ve not had one since. I feel much better for it and my skin is glowing.”

And while she’s resorted to two liposuction procedures in the past in an attempt to lose weight – and admits to having regular Botox and fillers – Kerry says she draws the line at having significant work done to her face.

Referencing her long history of drug addiction, which started at just 14, she says, “I don’t think I’d ever do anything to my face. Touch wood, with the amount of s**t that I’ve shoved up my nose over the years, I could have messed up my face – but luckily, I pulled myself together. I’ve always had a baby face and really good skin, so I’m blessed in that department.”

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She credits boyfriend Ryan, a fitness and nutrition expert, for helping her turn her life around – but Kerry reveals the pair have no current plans to tie the knot. She says, “I won’t get married to Ryan this year and we are fine with the way we are. It’s something I’ve now learned – you don’t always have to get married to complete your relationship.”

Now drug and alcohol-free, Kerry – who is honest about her mental health issues, openly discussing her experience of bipolar disorder and revealing she sometimes struggles with low mood – has thrown herself into self-help classes and attends a regular church service to help her mental state. She says she’d advise her troubled pal Jordan to do the same.

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Victoria Beckham, 1997

The artist formerly known as Posh Spice has never been one to shy away from baring the flesh. She had A-cup breasts on her frame back in the '90s.

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Victoria Beckham, 2013

Victoria girl-powered into the nougties with a noticeably larger 32DD chest but now appears to have reverted to her naturally smaller breast size.

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Samia Ghadie, 2011

Coronation Street hairdresser Samia Ghadie has always had a lovely, petite frame.

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Samia Ghadie, 2017

She went from an A- to a C-cup in 2013 after giving birth to her daughter Freya. The actress said: "After Freya was born my boobs disappeared. Anybody who knows me will know that it's something I talked about having done. I wanted to feel womanly again."

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Katie Price, 1995

Glamour girl Katie Price - formerly 'Jordan' - started her career with 32B sized boobs.

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Katie Price, 2018

Multiple boob jobs later, Katie's boobs were at their biggest when she was 32G in 2007. She has since had reductions and continues to talk about plans for more surgery.

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Heidi Montag, 2005

Reality TV star Heidi Montag first hit our screens on American show The Hills.

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Heidi Pratt, 2013

Fast-forward a decade later and Heidi - now married to Spencer Pratt - had size F-cup breast implants. She has since spoken of her regrets and underwent a reduction.

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Tiff Watson, 2015

Made In Chelsea star Tiff Watson LOVES working out and sticks to a strict vegan diet.

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Tiff Watson, 2018

Following her breakup with co-star and longterm BF Sam Thompson, there has been much speculation over her noticeably bigger cleavage.

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Imogen Thomas, 2006

Big Brother contestant and Welsh beauty Imogen was always very confident in getting out her bod on-screen.

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Imogen Thomas, 2011

But that didn't stop her going up to an E-cup after leaving the BB house. She has since had a reduction to a C-cup.

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Stephanie Waring, 2009

Stephanie Waring has played scheming Cindy Cunningham on and off in Hollyoaks since 1996.

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Stephanie Waring, 2017

Stephanie said her body completely transformed after the birth of her daughter, so she boosted her chest to a D-cup.

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Kym Marsh, 2013

Former Hear'Say singer and Corrie star Michelle has had three children.

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Kym Marsh, 2017

She has talked about how happy she is with her body after going from a B-cup to a 34D.

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Dannii Minogue, 1995

Former popstar and X-Factor judge Dannii Minogue has always had a tiny figure much like her sister Kylie.

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Dannii Minogue, 2010

She decided to get her breasts enlarged after divorcing her husband Julian McMahon.

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Jess Shears, 2017

Jess had a boob job when she was 20, before appearing on Love Island.

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Jess Shears, 2018

But after another procedure, which she said was a 'botched job', Jess had a reduction.

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Gemma Atkinson, 2005

Actress Gemma Atkinson first appeared on our screens as Lisa Hunter in Hollyoaks.

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Gemma Atkinson, 2016

Gemma had double D-cup implants but has since spoken about how she regrets making the decision after feeling insecure following weight-loss.

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Marnie Simpson, 2014

Geordie Shore and Celebrity Big Brother star Marnie Simpson has spoken out about how there was a lot of pressure to look good on TV.

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Marnie Simpson, 2018

After a botched boob job in 2016, Marnie has since appeared in Celebrity Botched Up Bodies and had corrective surgery.

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Vicky Pattison, 2011

Geordie Shore beauty and queen of the I'm A Celeb jungle Vicky Pattison has always been upfront about getting surgery.

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Vicky Pattison, 2018

Vicky went from a 32B to a 32D because she wasn't happy with how her boobs looked. She said: "When I lost my weight, they were just really lifeless and limp. One got really long and the other got really small."

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Chantelle Houghton, 2006

Celebrity Big Brother 'Living the Dream' winner Chantelle Houghton had B-cup boobs when she entered the house.

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Chantelle Houghton, 2011

Soon after winning CBB and living the celeb highlife, Chantelle got FF implants. She recently talked about her regrets about doing this and has had a reduction.

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Charlotte Crosby, 2013

Geordie Shore's Charlotte Crosby referred to her chest as a 'uniboob' - this is a symptom of a condition she was born with called congenital symmastia.

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Charlotte Crosby, 2018

Charlotte had a procedure on her boobs in 2017 and she looks very happy with the results.

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Rebekah Vardy, 2016

Loose Women panellist Rebekah Vardy has spoken about how she regrets going under the knife eight years ago.

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Martina Big, 2011

Here's what controversial German actress and model Martina Big looked before getting surgery.

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Martina Big, 2017

Now known for her EXTREME body modifications, Martina's boobs are an eye-watering 32S-cup. She even uses a pump to inflate her breasts with saline. Do not try this at home!

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Kate Hudson, 2010

Kate Hudson has never admitted it but is rumoured to have had a little help from surgeons with her chest.

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Kate Hudson, 2017

It's thought that she went from an AA to a B. Thoughts?

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Darryn Lyons, 2006

Not going to lie, we'd never heard of 'Mr Paparazzi' before he went into Celebrity Big Brother in 2010.

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Darryn Lyons, 2010

But he became an instant legend due to his cosmetically enhanced abs. Wow. Just... wow.

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Rodrigo Alves, circa 2003 and 2018

Rodrigo Alves AKA the human Ken doll began having cosmetic procedures when he was just 19.

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Rodrigo Alves, 2018

He's said to have spent £10,000 on pec implants and £22,000 on a fake six-pack. Blimey.

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Lateysha Grace, 2017

The Valleys and Big Brother star Lateysha Grace used to have whopping F-cup implants.

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Lateysha Grace, 2018

Lateysha had her implants removed in 2018 to combat back pain.

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Luisa Zissman, 2013

Luisa thought her boob implants made her look like a "Love Island porn star".

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Luisa Zissman, 2018

She had her E-cup implants removed in 2018, taking her down to a "B or C cup."

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Ellie Brown, 2018

Ellie Brown appeared on Love Island in 2018, sent in as bait for Dr Alex George. Somehow, she resisted his charms and coupled up with Charlie Brake.

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Ellie Brown, 2019

Ellie allegedly went under the knife in October 2018, taking her bust from a 32B to a 32C. It's claimed she kept her surgery on the down low as she didn't want to influence her young followers on Instagram.

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Chloe Khan (formerly Mafia) 2010

Chloe Mafia, as she was then known, was mercilessly mocked by the public after her disastrous X Factor stint in 2010 for her 'chavvy' look.

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Chloe Khan 2017

Fast forward a few years and Chloe has rebranded herself as a savvy businesswoman and bought herself a pair of GIANT boobs to boot.

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The former glamour girl, real name Katie Price, was declared bankrupt last month, following a turbulent few years – which included the breakdown of her third marriage and her mum’s terminal illness diagnosis, culminating in her confession that she self-medicated with cocaine.

Kerry says, “Katie needs to be on her own, to learn to love herself and to not rush into anything. I couldn’t love anybody else until I learned to love me – that’s when I met Ryan.

“After my third marriage to George [who died following a drugs overdose in July last year], I got into self-help massively – motivational speaking, exercise, eating healthily and going to church. It really helped me and made me who I am today, and I’d advise Katie to do the same.

“She will get through it. She’s really strong and is surrounded by good people who’ve got her best interests at heart.”

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