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Common Kerry's latest PR show; YOU'RE NOT A CELEBRITY.. OFF YOU GO.

AT risk of offending Katie Price, is Kerry Katona the most repulsive and vile woman in showbiz?

I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when I saw the pictures this week of the washed-up reality star dumping her husband's clothes in a shabby rubbish skip - staged perfectly for the long lenses of the paparazzi, of course.

It was the latest undignified twist in a car-crash existence for the Warrington lass who has been ditched by her cabbie husband Mark Croft, inset, for getting it on with her personal trainer.

I laughed at her typically unclassy behaviour as she dragged black bin liners packed with Mark's designer gear into the street.

But I wanted to cry for her four children - two of whom she has mothered to former Westlife star Brian McFadden - who now face yet more upheaval, sorrow and uncertainty.

This whole pitiful saga started long before she ever laid eyes on Mark. If we're honest, Kerry was on the road to ruin as soon as she tied the knot with our own Brian.

They were both consumed with a lust for money and fame that came before everything else - even their love for each other.

Their relationship was a classic example of how living out your every marriage high and low in full glare of the media can only ever end in one thing - disaster.

In typically distasteful celebrity style, they married with a EUR200,000 cheque stuffed in the bride's garter courtesy of a celebrity magazine deal.

Brian admitted to me that he didn't even know most of the guests at the big day since they had been hand-picked by magazine bosses eager to make the PR event, sorry, wedding ceremony, look more glitzy.

Predictably, within months the cracks were appearing for all to see. There were revelations of Brian's shameful stag-night antics where he allegedly cheated on his bride-to-be with a cheap lap dancer.

This was swiftly followed by front page magazine pictures of "Kerry's tears" as she "toiled over whether to forgive her man".

Cue more desperate PR opportunities - John and Toni Terry-style - with the couple even wheeling their babies out after they had barely cut the cord to smile happily for whatever magazine bid the biggest bucks.

One night at Renards nightclub, after a few too many drinks with Katona, I summoned up the courage to tell her she was clearly living a lie and was miserable in her marriage which was by now resembling one giant Max Clifford PR stunt.

She looked at me scornfully for a second, poured her drink over my lap and told me I didn't know what I was talking about.

Two months later, she filed for divorce. Kerry clearly learned nothing from that whole sorry tale - and now she finds herself with another divorce imminent. At least in finding Australian singer Delta Goodrem, Brian had the sense to settle down and put true love before tabloid headlines. Even if he did have to move to the other side of the world to discover it.


A J LOAD OF RUBBISH Katona, dumps former hubbie Mark's clobber in the skip, right
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 6, 2010
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