Kerry Katona has said training for the latest series of Dancing On Ice has been ‘complete therapy’ – despite spraining her ribs on the rink.
The reality TV star, who has endured well-documented battles with drugs and mental illness, is one of 16 figures who have got their skates on for the ITV1 show.
Kerry – in pain after a failed backflip attempt on the ice – said taking part in the programme had helped her escape from her worries.
“I’ve had my ups and downs, but it’s out with the old and in with the new,” she said.
“It’s complete therapy. It’s like once you get on the ice for two hours a day training, you’ve got a great partner, you’ve got great coaches, you forget about all the rubbish you get and you’re free.”
Among those joining the former Atomic Kitten singer in the line-up will be Hollyoaks actress Jennifer Metcalfe, rapper Vanilla Ice, presenter Jeff Brazier and Victoria Cross hero Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry – the first to take part in the show from outside the worlds of sport and showbiz.
L/Cpl Beharry was awarded the VC for his actions in Iraq in 2004, saving scores of colleagues in two separate ambushes with one incident leaving him with serious head injuries.
Speaking at the show’s launch at the Shepperton Studios in Surrey, the soldier said he had signed up in a bid to inspire injured viewers.
“I’m doing this with more or less half a brain,” he said.
“The message I’m trying to get out to people who are injured in all respects is, ‘stop feeling sorry for yourself, adjust to your new life and this is what you can achieve’.”