Kerry Katona is "taking the whole of January" off work.

The former Atomic Kitten singer - who is set to undergo "corrective surgery this month" - wants to give herself "time to recover", while she is keen take a break from other commitments after a "busy period".

Writing in her column for new! magazine, she said: "Before the madness begins and I go back into work mode, I'm taking the whole of January off.

"I'm having corrective surgery this month with Pall Mall Cosmetics after undergoing a tummy tuck elsewhere last year, and I'm also having an eyelid lift.

"So I need to allow myself time to recover. I also really need some time out after such a busy period."

Meanwhile, Kerry is keen to focus on her family for a few weeks, and "get back into [her] routine".

She added: "I want to be at home and spend some quality time with [fiance Ryan Mahoney] and the kids.

"Being off work for a month will allow me to get back into my routine and will boost my mental wellbeing."

As well as the typical Christmas rush, Kerry was also back on stage - although she won't be treading the boards over the festive season later this year.

She explained: "I was really poorly in the run-up to Christmas, but I somehow managed to power through panto and I was thankfully back on the mend for the day.

"I've decided I'm not doing to do panto this year. I had a ball and it's always good fun, but I want a break so that I can spend more time at home with the kids."

And the 42-year-old star - who has children Molly, 21, Lilly-Sue, 19, Heidi, 15, Max, 14, and Dylan-Jorge, eight, from previous relationships - is also keen to focus on her physical and mental health.

She said: "I've been so distracted with work, so now I want to focus on myself. I want to be the best version of myself this year."