Kerry Katona slams 'completely twisted' reports of Phillip Schofield 'feud'

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Kerry Katona during a photocall for Bingo with Kerry, at the Covent Garden Hotel in London.
Kerry Katona has addressed stories about her feuding with Phillip Schofield. (PA)

Kerry Katona has rubbished reports that she and Phillip Schofield feuded for 13 years after her infamous This Morning interview.

The star revealed this week that the fallout from the 2008 interview – in which she slurred her words as she talked to hosts Schofield and Fern Britton – left her feeling suicidal.

However, she has taken issue with the fact that some news stories about her comments also referred to a “feud” with the presenter, saying her words have been “completely twisted”.

“Hang on a minute…. This is b*******!” she wrote on Instagram.

“I have NOT been feuding with Schofe for 13 years at all!!!! I absolutely adore Phil!!! We’ve been friends for a very long time!”

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Katona’s appearance on the morning show sparked claims that she was intoxicated, but she was actually slurring because her speech had been affected by medication she was taking for bipolar disorder.

“My point of the story was how far we’ve come when talking about mental health!” the star, 40, wrote on Instagram.

“Philip has always been so lovely, not with just me but my kids too… so please don’t believe everything you read! 

"This has been completely twisted.”

Schofield, 59, thanked Katona for wading in.

Phillip Schofield attending the TV Choice Awards held at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London
Kerry Katona said Phillip Schofield has been lovely to her. (PA)

“Thanks darlin’, what can ya do eh,” he wrote in the comments section, along with a shrugging emoji.

“Sending loads of love and see you soon xx.”

Speaking on the Marnie’s Home Truths podcast this week, Katona told how she was called names such as "Merry Kerry" by the press after her This Morning interview and said the backlash left her wanting to take her own life.

"Never once did they say to me, ‘Oh, oh right - what’s bipolar and what’s the medication you’re taking?’ I didn’t get any of that,” she said.

"Next day, front page of the papers - ‘Sherry Kerry’, ‘Merry Kerry’. It was just awful.

“I was suicidal. I wanted to die, I wanted to kill myself. It was everywhere.”

The star felt suicidal after the fallout from the 2008 interview. (UK Press via Getty Images)
The star felt suicidal after the fallout from the 2008 interview. (UK Press via Getty Images)

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The former Atomic Kitten singer said she had "no reason to lie" about whether she had been using drugs or drinking.

"I’ve got no reason to lie that that wasn’t drugs – if it was, why would I say it wasn’t?" she said. "It was pure bipolar medication.”

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