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Kerry Katona says she wasn’t asked to be involved in Atomic Kitten’s new England football song – admitting she doesn’t feel like her former band mates are fond of her.
Liz McClarnon, Jenny Frost and Natasha Hamilton reunited for the first time in 15 years to release a revamped version of the 2000 hit Whole Again, titled Southgate You're The One, in support of England at Euro 2020.
But despite being a founding member of the girl group, Kerry, 40, who recently admitted her anxiety is “through the roof” after moving into her new mansion, wasn’t asked to take part.
"I was gutted not to be involved, but I'm really happy for the girls,” she exclusively told OK! .
“I was never asked to be part of it – I don't know why! I get the feeling they don't like me.”
But, Kerry added: “I wish them all the best – the more morale we have for England, the better. Come on England!"
Following the release of the song, the trio said in a statement: “It's been a whirlwind couple of days, but we are super excited and grateful to be able to contribute to the awesome energy and patriotism that is filling the England Streets with this version of Whole Again.
They added: “Totally inspired by the England Football fans in support of Gareth Southgate and the super talented England Football team, we will be singing loud and proud ‘Football's Coming Home!'”
Kerry left the group in 2001 after falling pregnant with her first child with now ex-husband Brian McFadden.
Her departure came just days after the release of Whole Again, which went to number one with a new video featuring replacement Jenny.
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Kerry has previously opened up about some of the band’s past arguments.
Writing in her new magazine column last year, Kerry recalled: “I remember some of the fights we had in Atomic Kitten back in the day. Once, Liz punched me from behind after we had a little row. I was furious and got my own back.
“I made her get changed in the toilets at SMTV Live, then I stamped on her feet while we were up on stage singing Whole Again."
And when the group discussed getting back together for ITV's Big Reunion back in 2013, Jenny said: “I don't want to be derogatory about Kerry, but there shouldn't be four of us in Atomic Kitten.”
Hitting back, Kerry said at the time: “The thing is, I was the founding member of the band.
"I’m not going to get into a slanging match over the Kittens but Jenny got the opportunity of a lifetime when she took over from me.
“They were number one when she joined the band but it was my voice on the record.”
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