British singer-turned-reality-TV-star Kerry Katona has apologized to her fans for taking drugs and letting her life spiral out of control - insisting she's "never looking back". The former Atomic Kitten star was at the center of a media storm last year when a U.K. tabloid printed pictures of her snorting cocaine.
Katona lost several lucrative work contracts after the scandal, and she accepted an official caution from police for possessing a controlled substance. She has since worked hard to rebuild her public image by losing weight and ditching her husband Mark Croft earlier this year.
But she feared her new persona would be wrecked again after a television documentary aired in Britain last week showed footage from several months ago of her yelling at her four children. Now Katona has made an apology in her column in Britain's OK! magazine, writing an article titled "An Open Letter From a Remorseful Mum".
In the piece she writes, "Thanks for giving me a second chance - I won't let you down again. Some of you may have seen the show Kerry And Me which aired last week. It was filmed five months ago and I was so unwell at the time and in such a bad place in my life. I don't even know who that woman was, it's so far away from the person I am now."
"Even so, I know that it was still me and that I have to take responsibility for that. I have got my second chance, I'm not going to let anything happen ever again and I'm never looking back."
And Katona hopes others will be able to learn from her mistakes: "I only hope that some good came out of that show for other people, and that watching it will help anyone going through depression, addiction, a break-up (or anything else I went through), so that they can turn their life around in the same way that I have."