Teary-eyed Kerry Katona shares ‘guilt’ over aunt’s passing from alcoholism

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Kerry Katona has admitted that she feels "guilt" for not doing more for her late aunt Angela, who lost her battle to alcoholism in March.

Speaking on BBC Morning Live to raise awareness for alcoholism, the 40 year old admitted that she still didn't have all the answers when it came to the disease despite overcoming it herself.

She went on to explain that she did as much as she could for her aunt, but still didn't understand why she found her "sleeping with a bottle of Vodka."

"Angela was the life and soul of the party. She was a wonderful person. So, separating drunk from sober angela was difficult to do. We wouldn't know if she was drunk or not," Kerry reflected.


She continued: "She came to live with me, and I got her sober. I got her doing workshops, meetings, got her to see my doctor, she was doing so well, I got her into exercise.

"Then I later found out she was seen with a bottle of vodka, and it was 'how are they doing this?'

"Even though I've been on the other end of addiction, I still need to learn and be educated on this illness and I think that everyone needs to be.

Kerry explained: "Especially with lockdown and the pandemic, alcoholism has shot up because people are lonely or bored and don't know what to do apart from drinking."

Despite doing all that she could, Kerry admitted that she still feels "guilty".

"I've been on other side, but I still have that sense of guilt. We could have done more. Even her own children, we all feel like we could have done more.

"Alcoholism is an addiction, and a lot of people judge you for it," Kerry explained.

Detailing the realities of alcohol addiction, Kerry explained: "If someone comes and says they have cancer, people are understanding, but with alcohol, people just get angry. Like, why are you doing that to yourself?"

"You just want to shake them, but because I stopped myself, I should have known better," Kerry added.

Kerry, who officially quit drinking in 2019, also spoke of her own journey overcoming alcohol addiction.

"Technically, I should be dead, but I'm proud. People can do it, it is achievable," she said.

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