CONTROVERSIAL Kerry Katona is heading to Sunderland as she reveals all about her colourful life.
The former Atomic Kitten and reality TV star promises to pack no punches with autobiography Still Standing, which she will be signing copies of in WH Smith in Market Square, next month.
Since Kerry burst into the charts with girl group Atomic Kitten in 1999, she has become a regular fixture in the tabloid press.
From accusations of drug abuse, plastic surgery and infidelity to an infamous appearance on This Morning when she slurred her words, she has filled acres of column inches.
The twice-married mother-of-four said: “Writing this book was really tough as it covers the period when I was at my lowest ebb.
“It’s been incredibly therapeutic though, and I hope it will in some small way help inspire others who might be going through difficult times to keep fighting no matter what.
“But it’s not all tears – despite everything that has happened I’ve tried to keep smiling and learned to laugh at whatever life has thrown at me.”
Published by Orion on November 22, Still Standing picks up from where Kerry’s first autobiography, Too Much Too Young, published in 2006, left off.
It touches upon many of the issues which have plagued the pop star’s life including drugs, medication, depression, weight battles, booze and divorce.
Her life has also included a run of crises spanning infidelity, embezzlement, kidnap, bankruptcy and even armed robbery.
Kerry says she is now clean of drugs, has conquered being bipolar, is back in shape and has escaped her marriage to become a happy mother of four.
Amanda Harris, publishing director of Orion Non-Fiction, said: “So much has happened to Kerry in the last six years.
“She’s been pushed to the brink of total mental collapse but has rebuilt her life, piece by piece.
“Her incredible story is told with the humour, warmth and honesty we know and love Kerry for.
“She doesn’t pull any punches; this is Kerry, back to her fabulous best.
“Readers will laugh and cry along with her. It’s a fascinating read from the nation’s favourite comeback kid.”
Kerry will be signing copies of Still Standing at WH Smith from noon on December 2.
KERRY was born on September 6, 1980 in Warrington, Cheshire, and is mother to four children.
In 1999, aged 18, she joined the pop trio Atomic Kitten alongside Liz McLarnon and Natasha Hamilton. They had four top 20 hit singles in the UK before she left in 2001, and was replaced by Jenny Frost.
Katona won the third series of I’m A Celebrity... Get Me out Of Here! in February 2004, several months before splitting with Westlife’s Brian McFadden with whom she had two children, Molly and Lilly-Sue.
In 2007, she was admitted to The Priory clinic suffering with bipolar disorder.
During an appearance on ITV’s This Morning in October 2008, Kerry seemed to be slurring responses to questions posed by host Fern Britton, which she argued was due to prescription drugs.
In 2009, she was dropped from a major advertising campaign with Iceland, over allegations of illegal drug use.