Katie Price’s joy after surgery hell: ‘My baby with Carl will be a fresh start’

Katie Price returns to rehab to make her baby dream come true

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by Daisy McLure |
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When Katie left rehab earlier this year, she hoped it would mark a new chapter after a troubled couple of years in the wake of her marriage split from third husband Kieran Hayler, which saw her turning to cocaine and alcohol to cope.

But last week, the mum of five revealed she was back in The Priory facility after hitting rock bottom following her horror accident in July, which saw her break both feet after jumping off a 25ft wall while on holiday in Turkey.

The wheelchair-bound star admitted her mental health had been “badly affected” and she was concerned about the impact it would have on her three-month relationship with ex-Love Island star Carl Woods – with whom she put on an amorous display last week while making their first red carpet appearance together at a party.

Katie, 42 – who recently took a two-week break from the spotlight to “focus on her recovery” – told fans, “Everything has hit me so hard, not only am I in a wheelchair but I have to learn to walk again and I’m disabled. It’s humiliating. I feel so embarrassed being pushed around. People treat me differently and I don’t know why my boyfriend stays with me. I just hate it because I’m helpless.”

For Katie – who is being treated for anxiety and self-esteem issues as a result of her trauma – it serves as yet another setback to what she’d hoped would be a fresh start this year.

Over the past few years she’s faced bankruptcy, a broken engagement to Kris Boyson, a burglary, a kidnap threat, a driving ban and a highly publicised battle with drug and alcohol abuse, which forced her to check in to The Priory last year. She also feared the worst when her eldest son Harvey, 18, spent almost two weeks in intensive care in July this year, after experiencing a high temperature and chest pains.

Prior to her holiday accident, the former glamour model had gone public with toyboy Carl, 31, describing the reality star as her very own “Prince Charming”. But her disability has left her fearful of their relationship crumbling.

She said, “I feel sorry for Carl because he’s such a handsome, gorgeous man, and I bet people look at him and think, ‘Look at you having to push her around in a wheelchair’. I look at the reflection in the shop windows – it’s demoralising, the heartbreak.”

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The star recently underwent a six-hour operation to repair her broken feet and, last week, released a video showing her sobbing and crying out in pain as medics removed the stitches.

Katie has since revealed her hopes to marry Carl and have two children in a bid to finally get her happy ending. And according to friends, she hopes her decision to go back to rehab will prove to Carl she’s serious about settling down.

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An insider tells Closer, “Katie wants to show Carl how serious she is about their future. She’s very emotional at the moment, but she’s trying hard to get back to a good place. She sees having a baby with Carl as the perfect fresh start, even though it will be a bombshell for them as a couple, and wants to prove to him that she can be the mother of his kids.”

If Katie does marry Carl, it’ll be a case of fourth time lucky after failed marriages to singer Peter Andre – who she has previously dubbed “the love of my life” – cage fighter Alex Reid and former stripper Kieran Hayler. She split from love cheat Kieran in 2018, and with their divorce due to be made official any day now, Katie is already looking forward to the idea of another wedding.

Take a look: Katie Price's husbands and boyfriends - where are they now?


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Warren Furman 1997 - 1999

One of Katie's lowest-profile relationships, she was engaged to Gladiators star Ace - real name Warren Furman – from 1997. The 47 year old was engaged to Jordan for two years, presenting her with a £3,500 diamond ring before they split in 1999.

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Warren Furman

Warren appeared on This Morning last year to speak about "crashing back down to the real world" after Gladiators ended in the late 90s. He is also a born again Christian, and exclusively told Closer, "I feel God is saying to me, 'Warren, Katie might listen'. She's caught up in materialistic things."

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Dane Bowers 1998 - 2000

Katie began dating Another Level (remember them?) singer Dane Bowers during her Jordan days in 1998. Katie has since spoken about how devasated she was after the pair split in 2000. She even revealed in the CBB house that she nearly committed suicide over it and confessed that Dane was the love of her life.

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Dane Bowers

After his smash hit 'Out of Your Mind' with Victoria Beckham (who Katie reportedly had a feud with) Dane went a bit quiet on the music scene. Fast forward to 2013 and he reformed with Another Level for The Big Reunion. More recently, Dane has been linked to Love Island star Laura Anderson, who he apparently ended up cheating on. He must have been out of his mind #sorrynotsorry

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Dwight Yorke 2000 - 2001

Katie dated the former Manchester United and Aston Villa footballer, Dwight Yorke. The pair dated for 18 months and had baby Harveytogether, who was born with autism and blindness.

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Dwight Yorke

Katie has spoken out many times about Dwight's reluctance to be a part of Harvey's life. She recently revealed that he hasn't seen his teenage son in over 10 years. Dwight has since had a second child with another woman, and he continues to work on international football projects.

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Gareth Gates 2001 - 2001

Baby face Gareth Gates shot to fame during Pop Idol in 2002. He started dating a pregnant Katie Price when he was 17, and was reportedly a virgin before they met.

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Gareth Gates

Gareth went on to star in The Big Reunion with another one of Katie's exes, Dane Bowers. Awkward. Katie has also said that she would totally go back 'there' with Gareth. Unfortunately for Katie, West End actor Gareth is now happily in a relationship with Corrie star Faye Brooke. In January 2019 it was reported that the pair were engaged.

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Matt Peacock 2001 - 2001

Former Corrie heartbreaker Matt Peacock stirred the infamous feud between Katie Price and model Jodie Marsh. He dated Jordan for a few months, then later married Jodie as part of Totally TV show Jodie Marsh: Who Will Take Her Up the Aisle?. They divorced three months later.

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Matt Peacock

Matt married an actress and model called Rachael in 2016. Bizarrely, his photos have also been used in quite a few catfishing incidents. But Katie recently started following Matt on Instagram - what can this mean?

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Peter Andre 2004 - 2009

The nation watched Peter Andre fall for Katie's charms on I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! in 2004. The pair then starred in a string of reality TV shows documenting their life after a fairytale wedding. They even released an album of duets, which we'd all rather just forget about. Katie and Peter had two children together, Junior and Princess, during their five years of marriage.

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Peter Andre

Things between Pricey and Peter have soured in the years following their split, after he blasted Katie for her 'wild' behaviour. Peter is now married to Emily MacDonagh, who Junior and Princess see as an older sister figure. Pete also landed himself a role in the next Thomas The Tank Engine film.

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Alex Reid 2009 - 2011

Katie married cage fighter Alex Reid less than seven months after splitting from Peter Andre. Their wedding was filmed for a TV show, but their marriage only lasted for 11 months. Katie has since admitted that it happened too soon after Peter.

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Alex Reid

Alex went on the star in Celebrity Big Brother and he continues to fight. He's been married to Nikki Manashe since 2013. Most recently, he has been involved in a sex tape allegation - claiming that Katie showed a group of people a video of him performing a sex act. Will the drama ever end? (We hope not.)

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Leandro Penna- 2011-2012

Katie got engaged to Leandro after a whirlwind romance shortly after splitting from Alex Reid - despite the couple barely being able to communicate thanks to his limited English and Katie's non-existent Spanish (former model Leandro hails from Argentina). Leo said of their split, "Katie's brain is not wired right, or the wires don't connect properly. I don't know what's wrong with her. I was thinking it over recently and one day decided to pack my bags and leave. There was nothing else I could do. She was driving me insane."

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Leandro Penna

Since splitting with KP, Leandro has quit fame to return to his native South America and now runs a successful avocado farm and business. Launching in October 2021 he said, "I present my new avocado venture @paltasroyal. Thanks to all the businesses that gave us confidence, to all the avocado-loving customers and to those merchants who have not yet bought them, do not hesitate."

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Kieran Hayler 2012 - 2018

It looked like Katie had a good thing going with Kieran Hayler and their two kids, Jett and Bunny. But Kieran had to go and ruin it by cheating on Katie with her nanny, two best friends (while she was pregnant), then again with a 19-year-old shop assistant. Katie kept taking him backbut she FINALLY called it quits in May 2018.

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Kieran Hayler

Kieran is now engaged to Michelle Pentecost, who he met at the school gates, and is a great dad to Jett and Bunny and Michelle's son from a previous relationship.

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Kris Boyson

Katie started dating personal trainer Kris Boyson within weeks of splitting from Kieran. She celebrated her 40th birthday with him and her family are said to have approved of him. Their relationship lasted a year before split rumours started to circulate, and the pair have been on and off-ing since September 2019.

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Kris Boyson

Kris is still posting insanely buff topless selfies (keep 'em coming, Kris) and his personal training business is thriving. After his split from Katie, he began dating Katie's former pal Bianca Gascoigne, much to Katie's dismay. The couple moved in together within days due to lockdown but split after nearly a year together, citing their hectic work schedules.

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Carl Woods - 2020

Could it be fourth time lucky? After months of speculation, Katie and Carl confirmed their engagement in April 2021.

The source adds, “Her friends have banned her from using the word “marriage” but in her head she sees it as a motivation. She’s a die-hard romantic and definitely sees Carl as marriage material.”

Katie has made no secret about wanting more children. Earlier this year, she said she’d be open to a sperm donor and also adoption, if necessary, and said a fertility doctor had advised that she’d need to try “in the next couple of years” if she wanted to add to her family.

But with news that it could take up to two years for her to properly get back on her feet, her baby plans may have to wait. Friends say the star – who is mum to Harvey, Junior, 15, Princess, 13, Jett, seven, and Bunny, six – is keen to have kids with Carl as soon as possible.

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The source says, “She would’ve had a baby yesterday if she could, but she’s been told no babies until she’s walking again and off her pain medication. She also accepts she’s not in the best place, physically and  emotionally, to have a kid right now. She’s going through hell.

“Carl is very paternal and Katie would love to go down the natural route if she could, rather than use a surrogate or adopt. She’s not worried about her biological clock as she knows there are other options later on, like IVF. For her, it’s a case of the sooner the better and she believes that if she can prove how serious she is about getting her head in the right place, then Carl will also want to start a family with her. Just the thought of it makes her happy – it would be a dream come true for her.”

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