PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Giddy Kerry Katona goes house-hunting with ex-Real Housewives Of Cheshire star Ampika Pickston... after returning to Sleeping Beauty panto after illness

She embarked on a 'new chapter' in her life last month when she moved in with her new BFF Ampika Pickston.

And Kerry Katona was spotted house hunting with the former Real Housewives Of Cheshire star in Manchester on Thursday. 

The 37-year-old Eternal Flame hitmaker looked happy and healthy after being struck down with Pharyngitis last week, forcing her to pull out of the Sleeping Beauty panto.

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The next chapter: Kerry Katona (left) was spotted house hunting with the former Real Housewives Of Cheshire star Ampika Pickston (right) in Manchester on Thursday

The next chapter: Kerry Katona (left) was spotted house hunting with the former Real Housewives Of Cheshire star Ampika Pickston (right) in Manchester on Thursday

The former Atomic Kitten singer showed off her svelte figure in a ribbed grey midi-skirt, which featured a slit at the back.

She complemented the look with a black leather jacket and added a boost to her petite frame with a pair of burgundy suede boots.  

Kerry added a pop of colour to her ensemble with a bright red pom pom scarf. 

She wore her cropped blonde locks in her signature look and showed off her glowing complexion with minimal make-up.

She was joined by her two daughters Lily-Sue, 14, and Heidi, 10, for the house viewings. 

Back to her normal self: The 37-year-old Eternal Flame hitmaker looked happy and healthy after being struck down with Pharyngitis earlier this week, forcing her to pull out of the Sleeping Beauty panto

Back to her normal self: The 37-year-old Eternal Flame hitmaker looked happy and healthy after being struck down with Pharyngitis earlier this week, forcing her to pull out of the Sleeping Beauty panto

Slim physique: The former Atomic Kitten singer showed off her svelte figure in a ribbed grey midi-skirt which featured a slit at the back

Slim physique: The former Atomic Kitten singer showed off her svelte figure in a ribbed grey midi-skirt which featured a slit at the back

Stylish: She complemented the look with a black leather jacket and added a boost to her petite frame with a pair of burgundy suede boots
Glowing: Kerry revealed a glimpse of her sun-kissed tan in the midi-skirt

Stylish: She complemented the look with a black leather jacket and added a boost to her petite frame with a pair of burgundy suede boots

Sophisticated: Meanwhile, Ampika cut an elegant figure in velvet trousers and a tailored purple suit for the house viewings

Sophisticated: Meanwhile, Ampika cut an elegant figure in velvet trousers and a tailored purple suit for the house viewings

Meanwhile, Ampika cut an elegant figure in velvet trousers and a tailored purple suit for the house viewings.

She complemented her ensemble with a Hermes bag and semi-sheer black pumps. 

The reality starlet tied her caramel tresses in a neat ponytail and accessorized the look with pearl earrings.  

Poorly: Earlier this week, Kerry posted on Instagram to say that she had returned to the stage, after being struck down with Pharyngitis

Poorly: Earlier this week, Kerry posted on Instagram to say that she had returned to the stage, after being struck down with Pharyngitis

Earlier this week, Kerry posted on Instagram to say that she had returned to the stage, after being struck down with Pharyngitis.

She wrote: 'A big thank you to the most amazing cast for yesterday's show as I have Pharyngitis and was unable to perform!! But back today on antibiotics!!!'

Pharyngitis is an inflammation of the throat which can make it difficult to swallow but Kerry said she could barely speak when she was struck down last Thursday. 

Sick: Pharyngitis is an inflammation of the throat which can make it difficult to swallow but Kerry said she could barely speak when she was struck down last Thursday

Sick: Pharyngitis is an inflammation of the throat which can make it difficult to swallow but Kerry said she could barely speak when she was struck down last Thursday

Kerry posted a public apology to theatre-goers when she explained that she was feeling under the weather.

The mother-of-five shared a message that read: 'Apologies to everyone who is coming to the panto tonight I have an extremely sore throat I will do my best,' adding later: 'I'm soooo poorly!!! Can bearly speak!!! I'm so sorry! But will do my best!' (sic)

The singer then followed up her posts with a picture of her flu-busting medication comprising of hot water and lemon and a variety of throat sweets. She penned alongside her snap: 'Thank goodness for these!!'  

Supportive: Kerry recently revealed she moved in with Ampika, following the break down of her marriage to George Kay

Supportive: Kerry recently revealed she moved in with Ampika, following the break down of her marriage to George Kay

Best friends: The singer posted a beaming selfie on her Instagram account last month with the shock announcement she was  living with the brunette

Best friends: The singer posted a beaming selfie on her Instagram account last month with the shock announcement she was living with the brunette

Kerry recently revealed she moved in with Ampika, following the break down of her marriage to George Kay.

The singer posted a beaming selfie on her Instagram account with the shock announcement she was living with the brunette.

Captioning the shot, she wrote: 'Good morning you beautiful people!!

'Ready for the next chapter in my life with the help from my Guardian angel who I have just moved in with @ampikapickston1 Home from Home!' 

Home from home: 'Ready for the next chapter in my life with the help from my Guardian angel' she told her Instagram followers

Home from home: 'Ready for the next chapter in my life with the help from my Guardian angel' she told her Instagram followers

Family outing: Kerry was joined by her two daughters Lily-Sue, 14,  and Heidi, 10, for the house viewings 

Family outing: Kerry was joined by her two daughters Lily-Sue, 14,  and Heidi, 10, for the house viewings 

Illness: Kerry Katona pulled out of her pantomime role on Sunday night after being struck down with pharyngitis but is feeling much better now

Illness: Kerry Katona pulled out of her pantomime role on Sunday night after being struck down with pharyngitis but is feeling much better now

Despite the blonde beauty being rumoured to star alongside Ampika in the Real Housewives of Cheshire, a source told The Sun: 'Kerry isn't exactly the kind of person the cast would normally socialise with, and I don't think they want to film with her.

'She just wouldn't fit in with the cast – they're living these lavish lifestyles, and Kerry isn't.

'Whenever the Housewives have parties or events on the show, it's all paid for by them and they come with a huge price tag.

The star raises children Molly, Lilly-Sue with her ex-husband Brian McFadden, Max and Heidi with second spouse Mark Croft and Dylan-Jorge with estranged husband George.

Reality appearance? Despite the blonde beauty being rumoured to star alongside Ampika in the Real Housewives of Cheshire, a source told The Sun : 'Kerry isn't exactly the kind of person the cast would normally socialise with, and I don't think they want to film with her'

Reality appearance? Despite the blonde beauty being rumoured to star alongside Ampika in the Real Housewives of Cheshire, a source told The Sun : 'Kerry isn't exactly the kind of person the cast would normally socialise with, and I don't think they want to film with her'

Mother-of-five: The star raises children Molly, Lilly-Sue with her ex-husband Brian McFadden, Max and Heidi with second spouse Mark Croft and Dylan-Jorge with estranged husband George 

Mother-of-five: The star raises children Molly, Lilly-Sue with her ex-husband Brian McFadden, Max and Heidi with second spouse Mark Croft and Dylan-Jorge with estranged husband George 

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