KERRY Katona has slammed as “b******s” the £875 school fine she was hit with and claimed she was “not a bad mum” to her five kids.
The former member of Atomic Kitten, 38, was slapped with the fine after she pleaded guilty at Brighton magistrates with East Sussex County Council saying a child missed 45 days of schooling.
But Kerry Katona said she wanted to accept the fine rather than see her child put through a court case during exams.
Katona told The Mirror: “I let my child off school three days before Christmas last year because I was up north doing panto and wanted all my kids to join me.
“They do f*** all at the end of term anyway.
“There were around another three days off sick. But 45 days off? No way. Pure b******s.
She also claimed that if her kids were a few minutes late for school and missed registration they would be marked down as absent for the whole day when in reality they were in the classroom.
Katona said she found the court intimidating and scary but when she was told she would have to go to a full trial her child would have to be a witness and she didn’t want to put them through that ordeal.
As well, when the date came through for the trial it was the day before an exam.
So she says she pleaded guilty so her kid could focus on their exam and neither of them had to go to court.
The former pop star also said she’s a one-parent family and does the chores around the house and doesn’t have any cleaners or childcare and “I work my arse off in whatever jobs I get”.
The mum-of-five was hit with the fine in May this year but didn’t attend the hearing in person.
The court heard the 38-year-old failed to attend meetings with the school and had become overwhelmed by the number of letters to which she didn’t respond.
Katona also said she struggled to make ends meet financially and recently had to pay off a kid’s trip to France costing £400 in weekly instalments.
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She said her recent trip to the Greek island of Mykonos, where The Sun snapped her topless on the beach, was down to a firm sending her in return for reviews.
But while she says she is “not on my arse” but still worried about putting food on the table for everyone.
While the mum admits things can go wrong she added that her kids “always come first”.
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