Kerry Katona has admitted she feels a “sense of relief” that her ex-husband George Kay has died.
The ex-Atomic Kitten singer, whose five-year-old daughter DJ’s father is Kay, said she would never have been able to relax unless he was either “in jail or dead”.
Kay, 38, died on 6 July after allegedly “eating” cocaine. He was found in a Holiday Inn hotel room in Runcorn.
Katona told the Daily Star: “To be honest, it’s almost a relief he died when he did, when DJ is at this age. George couldn’t be saved. He was always going to die.
“This way, DJ is saved from having to grow up witnessing all the psychotic episodes he would have had - you have to remember the hell he put us through.”
The 38-year-old added: “My mum says she was just waiting for the call from the police to say he’d killed me.
“And I know myself, I’d never have been able to relax unless he was either back in jail or dead. Now he’s dead, there’s a sense of relief.”
However, Katona, who had been separated from Kay since 2017, insisted his death was not a suicide.
She added: “I don’t know where this ‘eating cocaine’ thing has come from. But let me be clear - his death was accidental. George was too vain to kill himself.”
Katona went on to say she “knew” Kay was dead when she received a message from his brother asking her to call.
Kay struggled with mental health issues and was prone to cocaine-induced bouts of rage, according to Katona. She said: “We were all petrified of George. We all knew I was better off without him.
“I’m so angry at him. I’m furious that he couldn’t leave that s*** well enough alone. He loved it more than me or his daughter.”
There was a restraining order in place to keep Kay away from Katona when he died and he had not seen his daughter for over a year.
Katona took to Instagram on Sunday to make clear that she was not “glad” Kay had died.
She wrote: “Let me make this very, very, very clear… in no way shape or form am I GLAD my husband is dead. Don’t get me wrong, George put the fear of God into me and the kids and I stand by putting safeguards in to place for myself and my children. Which anyone who went through what we did would do the same.
“But NEVER EVER would I be GLAD someone, even more so my husband who I once loved with all my heart is dead.”