Pop singer turned reality star Kerry Katona has left fans stunned after revealing that she assisted her mother Sue's failed suicide bid by encouraging her to take a fatal cocktail of drugs and telling her: "Go on, take them, you're selfish".
The former Atomic Kitten star made the dramatic confession during her recent appearance on Channel 5's In Therapy series, which enables celebrities to confront their demons with the help of a professional counsellor.
The 36-year-old broke down in tears after detailing the incident which occurred when she was a teenager. "When I was 15, my mum had lost her boyfriend and she wanted to die," she explained. "I got all her medicines out and said, 'Go on, take them, you're selfish."
In a clip for the forthcoming episode of the show which returns on 3 November at 10pm she added that "I made her take all the pills, then I rang for an ambulance and told her I'd pick her up after school."
Although Sue survived the attempt on her own life, the harrowing experience left Katona traumatised and came back to haunt her when she became a mother.
The Liverpool-born singer, who has made no secret of her battles with depression and addition, vowed not to ever put her own children through the same thing and tattooed their names onto her wrists, to serve as a constant reminder that she has people to live for.
"If it's hereditary I'd have to be one selfish person to cut through my kids' names, so that's why they're there," she explained. "I'm so proud of how my kids have turned out and that's down to me."
Katona has previously been married to former Westlife star Brian McFadden and taxi driver Mark Croft. Her children are Molly, 15, and 13-year-old Lilly-Sue from her marriage to McFadden, while Croft is the father of Heidi, nine, and Maxwell, eight. She has Dylan-Jorge, two, with third husband and former rugby league player George Kay, with whom she recently reunited following their split in October 2015.
In Therapy: Kerry Katona airs Thursday 3rd November at 10pm on Channel 5.
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