Kerry Katona’s troubled ex-husband George Kay dead after drug overdose at 39
George Kay’s troubled life and turbulent marriage to Kerry Katona as he dies aged 39
Kerry Katona had a stormy six-year relationship with boxer George, 39, and called the police on her ex-husband.
Kerry Katona has been left ‘heartbroken’ after the death of her ex-husband George Kay who she first met as a teenager.
It wasn’t until 2012 when the former rugby league player, 39, from Warrington, was working as her driver and minder did the childhood sweethearts reconnect.
The couple went on to tie the knot in 2014, but after a six-year relationship Kerry ended the marriage after a succession of huge rows.
There was a restraining order keeping George away from Kerry that was still in place when he died – he had not seen their daughter DJ for over a year.
George, who played professional rugby before his career ended in 2004, blamed a lack of making money from the sport for landing him in prison for three and a half years for blackmail.
He previously admitted to taking steroids and of his public meltdown when the police were called.
During their time together they welcomed daughter Dylan Jorge (DJ), five, Kerry’s youngest daughter.
After their split the couple had several public spats and did briefly reunite. They made several allegations against one another, with Kerry claiming that George would use foul language towards her.
A source has said at the news of his death, believed to be a drug overdose, that the mum-of-five is devastated.
Speaking to the Sun they said: “Kerry is heartbroken, he’s DJ’s dad and she loved him once.
“She can’t bear the thought of explaining to her daughter what has happened.”
George and Kerry had a turbulent relationship and went on to divorce in 2017, Kerry later admitted he was violent towards her during the relationship.
Watching George mentally fall apart during a public meltdown in July 2017 – his first since he was detained under the Mental Health Act in 2014 – was the final straw for Kerry.
During a disturbing two-hour standoff, George climbed naked on to the roof of a property in Formby, Liverpool, and screamed for help before he was coaxed down by police.
She said of that moment: “For me that was the nail in the coffin. I just thought, you’re a dad, have some self-control.
“He has had so much power over me for so long, but I can’t let my children go back to that, even if I could.”
Kerry – who also has children Molly, 16, and Lilly-Sue, 14, Heidi, 10, and Maxwell, nine – believes his mental instability stems from the traumatic birth of their first child when both newborn Dylan Jorge and Kerry nearly died.
The Atomic Kitten star confessed in her interview with the Sunday People after their split in 2017, that her children had begged her to leave George because she was living in constant fear.
Kerry said at the time that she felt like the “worst mother in the world” for staying with George and sat down with her older daughters Molly and Lily to apologise to them.
“I said to the girls, ‘I’m so sorry I’ve let this go on for so long.’
“They said, ‘Why are you standing for this? Just leave him.’”
Kerry said in the past that George was a controlling partner and tried to cut her off from her friends as well as becoming verbally abusive and threatening.
She said he used to spit in her face and they argued all the time, and ended the relationship when he flew into a jealous rage because of her Celebrity Big Brother stint.
The row was not the first fight to separate the couple, they previously split in October 2015 after 13 months together, with George appearing in court a month later.
He was accused of beating Kerry up and arming himself with a Taser stun gun. But the charges were dropped when Kerry refused to give evidence against him.