Reality TV star Kerry Katona was dealt a major blow today as she was made bankrupt at a High Court hearing after failing to pay an outstanding tax bill. But the former Atomic Kitten star seemed philosophical about the ruling - sticking her tongue out at waiting photographers as she returned home with son Max. Katona had managed to reduce her 417,000 tax bill to 82,000. But HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) insisted on pressing ahead with the bankruptcy petition, which was first issued in January.Mr Registrar Nicholls agreed to make the order after giving 27-year-old Katona until 1pm today to come up with the balance. But when today in court, Luke Harris, representing the reality television star who was not in court, asked the registrar to put the matter back, claiming the funds were available but cheques had not cleared. Mr Harris said as soon as the money was ready, it would be brought to the court and given to Mike Thomas, the lawyer representing HMRC. But just before 1pm today, when the registrar called the parties back into the court and Mr Harris said he was 'not in a position to assist further'. Mr Registrar Nicholls had given mother of four Kerry until today to find the sum in a case that has already been before the court four times.