Kerry Katona's fiance George Kay: My three years behind bars
Kerry Katona's man George Kay reveals he made some bad decisions younger in life
George Kay spent three and half years in Strangeways after being convicted of blackmail
Kerry Katona believes everyone deserves a second chance
For the first time, Kerry Katona's fiance George Kay has revealed all to Now about his time behind bars.
George, 33, finished playing professional rugby in France in 2004, but four years later he was serving a prison sentence for blackmail.
'I was a bit of a wild child,' he admits. 'I could only make £200 a week playing rugby - you could probably make more than that working in McDonald's.
'So I found myself going down the wrong path in life. I was involved in stuff that I shouldn't have been involved with.'
He says drugs weren't involved in the offences, though he admits to trying them when he was younger.
'I'm obviously not proud of that but you grow up and you grow out of all of those things.'
George spent just under three and a half years in prison, of a six year sentence for blackmail and conspiracy to blackmail, including more than a year in Strangeways [now known as HMP Manchester], which is a maximum-security prison.
But he says time spent inside was 'boring' rather than frightening.
'The overwhelming feeling was one of boredom. It wasn't scary,' he says.
Kerry and George had known each other since their teens, but lost touch, though Kerry says George told her about his convictions when they met up again.
I'm not a judgmental person myself,' she says. 'I got a second chance, so he deserves one as well.'
Read more about Kerry Katona and George Kay's in Now magazine dated 6 May 2013 - out now!