Kerry Katona has been ordered by doctors to put her hectic career on hold now she's left the London clinic where she was being treated for depression.

The former ATOMIC KITTEN singer is reportedly struggling to adapt to the single life since splitting with her husband Brian McFadden three months ago (SEP04), and has enlisted professional help to lift her back to happiness.

However, the mother of two - who plans to spend the festive period in Spain with reality TV star FRAN COSGRAVE - has been instructed by medics to spend extended time out of the spotlight.

A pal says, "Kerry looks unbelievably pale, drawn and exhausted. She's been to hell and back and desperately needs rest. She has been ordered by doctors to take time off.

"It's so sad. Everyone knows Kerry as the bubbly girl without a care in the world. She's barely recognised now with her lank hair and skinny body."

21/12/2004 13:56