Kerry Katona’s new man used to be a stripper

London: Former ‘Atomic Kitten’ member Kerry Katona’s new man is said to have worked as a stripper.

Katona, 30, is said to be “very close” with singer Peter Andre’s tour manager, Carl Machin, who is said to have once performed as part of musical strip act ‘Menergy’, dubbed “the low rent ‘Chippendales’”.

The four-strong group used to strip for cash and perform raunchy dance moves across the country in the Nineties, the Daily Star reported.

They also released cheesy pop single ‘I’ve Never Been In Love Before’.

Katona and Machin, 37, have known each other for more than 10 years after he helped organise gigs for Atomic Kitten, but they hadn’t seen each other for years until meeting earlier this year.

They were pictured fooling around and hugging when they went fishing together in May, and their cosy relationship has sparked rumours they are now dating.