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Kerry Katona has candidly opened up about her past, her struggles and her love life.

The former Atomic Kitten star has had to deal with many struggles throughout her life, including drug and domestic abuse.

But she admits she kept searching for the elusive "happy ever after", resulting in her having three failed marriages.

Those marriages left her as a single woman with five children to three different men.

And now the singer, 40, has laid bare the full extent of her marital issues to Ulrika Jonsson.

Speaking in The Sun, Kerry told the presenter that she went in search of the perfect marriage so she could have the dream family set-up that was missing from her childhood.

However, she admits that she has only recently realised that "marriages aren't families".

Kerry Katona with first husband Brian McFadden
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Kerry Katona and George Kay in 2015
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She openly admitted: "I didn’t stop to realise how much my kids loved me. It wasn’t so much that they needed a dad, it was me craving that nuclear family."

And she confessed that if anything happened to her then her kids would all have each other.

However, despite three divorces, Kerry was adamant not to give up – and she now gushes that she feels she's eventually found the right man.

Her first marriage looked like a popstar match made in heaven as girlband met boyband and Kerry wed Westlife's Brian McFadden in 2002.

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The pair had two kids together – daughters Molly, now 19, and Lilly, now 18 – but Kerry ended up being on the receiving end of repeated infidelities.

Just months after the pair tied the knot she heartbreakingly discovered he'd cheated on her before they'd even got married.

She admits that the separation nearly broke her but defiantly said that failures in life don't define her.

"The way I see it, anyway, is that there are no ‘failures’ in life, only lessons," she said. "I learn something new every day."

Following her split from Brian, the Whole Again singer got hitched to taxi driver Mark Croft, 50, and had children Heidi, 14, and Max, 13.

Kerry Katona has spoke about her failed marriages
(Image: Kerry Katona Instagram)

Again, the relationship fell apart and Kerry admitted she doesn't have anything positive to say about her ex.

Her third husband was to George Kay who she'd known from her teen years. The duo married in 2014 and had a daughter called DJ, now seven, before they split in 2017. George tragically died in 2019.

But speaking about their relationship, an Kerry told Ulrika without emotion that it was a relationship full of torment and abuse.

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The singer confessed that the turbulent relationship was a spell of constant beatings, coercive control, degradation and threats.

"The worst thing he did was spit in my face," she said. "Do you have any idea what that feels like?

"I got to the point where I would rather take a good beating than have him spit in my face."

Kerry thinks she's met Mr Right in Ryan Mahoney
(Image: kerrykatona/Instagram)

And she said that the worst part of it was her daughter having to witness the abuse, but she said: "It’s so hard to leave. It’s impossible. Anyone who knows, knows."

But she now gushes that she's found her Mr Right in fiancé Ryan Mahoney.

She admitted that the pair have an excellent relationship in which the balance of power is in her hands.

And while she says it would be selfish of her to have any more kids, she revealed she would be willing to if it was something Ryan wanted.

* If you need help, call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247 – it's run by charity Refuge and the free number is in operation 24 hours a day