She was recently left “devastated” after claiming she was assaulted at home in an unprovoked attack that left her with a bruised cheek and a split lip. But in a newly-released podcast – which was recorded before the alleged assault – Katie Price has said that she’ll never let anyone “destroy her” again.
Appearing on the latest episode of Life, Interrupted, Katie spoke candidly with TV presenter Simon Thomas about how the public’s perception of her had often left her feeling “suffocated” and misjudged. She said that following her split from first husband Peter Andre in 2009, she’d been vilified, and added that her two subsequent failed marriages – plus her mum’s terminal lung condition and her personal and financial struggles – had all left her feeling suicidal.
This led her to check into the Priory rehab centre in February 2020 to deal with “severe trauma”. Since then, Katie said she had become a much stronger person – and that she would “never let [myself] get in that situation again”.
“You’ve got to want to help yourself,” said Katie, adding that checking into the Priory was “the best thing” she’s ever done.
“I just didn’t want to be here anymore, I couldn’t see the light. But going into the Priory, you meet so many people going through the same thing as you – they put it into perspective. You see that nothing is as bad as you think. And it worked for me – I came out a different person; more assertive, more like the Katie I was ten years ago. My kids tell me, ‘We’ve got our mum back.’”
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The 43-year-old, who’s mum to Harvey, 19, Junior, 16, Princess, 14, Jett, eight, and seven-year-old Bunny, hit the headlines last month after claiming she was the victim of a violent assault at home – one that saw her being taken to hospital. A 32-year-old man was arrested at the scene and was later bailed on suspicion of assault, theft and coercive and controlling behaviour. Sources have since said Katie’s feeling “fragile and exhausted… and just wants to get on with her life and put herself and her children first”.
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But speaking on Life, Interrupted – in an episode that was recorded in April 2021, the same month she announced her engagement to fiancé Carl Woods – Katie said she was more resilient than ever. “I’m lucky enough to have turned my life around,” she told host Simon. “You know, I’ve made mistakes in the past, of course I have, but then people don’t realise I was suffering at the same time. I can only apologise that sometimes I acted the way I did because I was hurting, and I didn’t know how else to let it out. I am here, I’m switched on and I feel brand new. No one will ever destroy me again.”
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