Kerry Katona gets a sleeve tattoo of an angel in tribute to her Aunty Angela who died of alcoholism

KERRY Katona has revealed a new tattoo of an angel – inked as a touching and permanent tribute to her late aunt who died of alcoholism.

The former I’m A Celebrity star's aunt Angela, who the singer described as "like a sister", died in March, leaving behind three children and a brokenhearted family.

But now Kerry has come up with the perfect way to remember her, with a large tattoo of an angel covering her forearm.

Kerry documented the process on Instagram warning fans "it's going to look dead trendy or I'll look like a scaffolder and start whistling at birds".

Posting a video, she explained: "In aid of our Angela, I want to get an angel on my arms."

Kerry gave fans a glimpse of the stencil of the tattoo before it was marked permanently on her body.

Getting the tattoo done at her regular parlour, Black and Even in Tunbridge Wells, Kerry looked terrified as the process started.

"No turning back," she said fearfully.

She took a break from the tattooing process to sing and dance to a song playing on the speakers, "to take her mind off how much it hurts".

"I'm going to cry when this is done," an emotional Kerry admitted.

Her fans loved watching the tattoo come to life and sent messages of encouragement to the singer.

"Looking beautiful girl 😍," wrote one.

Another added: "Wow…absolutely beautiful…I feel your pain woman 😭😨xxx go girl 🙌."

And a third said: "Looks lovely."

In March the singer, 40, told how she blamed herself after Angela lost her battle with addiction. 

She told her Instagram followers Angela had tried hard to beat her demons before her tragic death.

Kerry said she had revealed “a sense of guilt” for not having done more to help Angela overcome her addiction.

She opened up about how her aunt felt more like a sister to her and the family’s guilt over her death.

“My beautiful auntie Angela sadly passed away and we’re all heartbroken. Angela was more like my sister – I’m an only child and grew up with my Nanny Betty, and me and Ang shared a bedroom,” Kerry wrote in New.

“She was the most fun and loving person – she was the life and soul of the party. She’d do anything for anybody.

“And she was such a clean freak! When she lived with me she must’ve reorganised my wardrobe about a million and one times.”

Kerry added: “There’s a sense of guilt where I feel like I could have done more to help her.

“I think we’re all feeling that as a family. She’s left three beautiful, amazing children behind.

“Alcoholism is a vile disease. Rest in Peace, Ang I love you.”

Paying tribute on Instagram, she shared a series of pictures of herself hugging her aunt at the seaside and at her home.

The last picture showed Kerry and Angela together after she won I’m A Celebrity in 2003.

She captioned the pictures: “My crazy, beautiful Aunty (more my sister) sadly passed away yesterday!

“We’re all absolutely heartbroken! Oh Ang I really wish I could rewind and tell you how much I love you and I always wanted to be you when I was little. I should have done more!”

Kerry paid tribute to Angela on the day of her funeral last month.

She said: “Today we say goodbye to the life and soul of the party! Our Ange….Angela I love you so much and gonna miss you more than you will ever know. You way my everything when I was a little girl, I wanted to be just like you. Thank you for all the crazy adventures we did together. Love you Ange.”

Kerry overcame her own addiction battle 10 years ago.

In the early noughties her cocaine addiction, marriage woes and the loss of her £250,000 Iceland deal made her want to end her own life.

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But after years of substance abuse she turned her life around when she checked into a fitness bootcamp with her mum before going to rehab in Arizona a decade ago

In a 2019 interview with The Sun, she said of cocaine: “I call it devil’s dandruff because it’s toxic, it’s manipulating, it gives a false sense of security, it’s not really there for you, it’s ruining you.”

She went on: “It’s an escapism. Taking coke is better than facing the scariest thing going on in your life. You’re constantly chasing that buzz and you don’t want the come down. The downers are awful.

“After taking drugs I used to have fits. My eyes would roll back and I’d be frothing at the mouth. I could have died, I could have chocked on my own tongue, my own saliva.”

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