Katie Price: ‘Carl’s my new Pete – this marriage is for keeps’

After sparking wedding and pregnancy rumours, Katie is steamrolling into the next phase of her relationship with toyboy Carl Woods – though experts fear the impact on her family

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by Daisy McLure |
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She’s not stopped gushing about toyboy Carl Woods since they began dating at the start of the summer, saying she’d be “lost without him”. She’s also credited him with nursing her back to health, after she agonisingly broke both her feet while on holiday in Turkey in July.

Revealing how her relationship is forging ahead, Katie last week teased fans that a pregnancy was on the cards, as she revealed on her YouTube channel that she had bought an ovulation kit to “test the waters”.

Having previously sparked engagement rumours last month when she told fans former Love Island star Carl was the man she wants to “spend the rest of my life with”, Katie, 42, added fuel to the fire when reports surfaced she was calling herself “K Woods” after getting a new number plate bearing that name for her mobility scooter.

It appears that after just three months of dating, Carl has now cemented his place in the mum-of-five’s family. Last week, she shared a video of her disabled son Harvey, 18 – whose biological father is former footballer Dwight Yorke – saying he wanted Carl, 31, to be his dad, making him her fifth partner in 10 years to play the role of father figure.

As Closer reported last week, the former glamour model – who went on a downward spiral following her split from third husband Kieran Hayler in 2018 – is seeking treatment at The Priory facility in a bid to prove to Carl she’s serious about their future together.

Now insiders reveal Katie is crediting Carl with transforming her life, with pals saying he shares a lot of similarities with her first husband Peter Andre, whom she has previously referred to as the “love of her life”. The pair were married for almost four years but the real reason for their split in 2009 remains unknown.

A source says, “Katie is having a really hard time and the only reason she’s stayed so positive is because of Carl’s support. Katie’s mates think he’s the closest thing to Pete – he already had fame in his own right before meeting her and has his own money and business. She can see them getting married and thinks it would be for keeps this time because he’s like her new Pete. She hopes she can repeat that fairy tale they had together before things went wrong.”

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Relationship expert Jo Barnett thinks it’s highly likely Katie will be heading up the aisle, but says she is concerned for her.

Jo says, “It wouldn’t be surprising given Katie’s record of multiple engagements and whirlwind relationships if she did marry Carl. Her quick engagements are likely a result of her enjoying the attention and the hype around it.

“She seems to value her own worth on whether or not she is with a man. She can’t be on her own and is addicted to the feeling of being loved. Looking at Katie’s history, it’s clear she isn’t one for steady relationships and is happy to get engaged and married quickly. Carl will, of course, know her track record and so no doubt that’s crossed his mind. He may be feeling the pressure too, particularly as she’s been dropping hints wearing an engagement ring in photos on social media. Katie comes with a hectic household and frantic personal life, so Carl should really make sure he’s willing to take that on before proposing.”

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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.

After splitting with first husband Peter – with whom she has Junior, 15, and Princess, 13 – she tied the knot with cage fighter Alex Reid just five months after her divorce. They split in 2011 and she subsequently got engaged to model Leandro Penna in April 2012, before splitting from him and getting engaged to third husband Kieran Hayler later that year, after only dating for six weeks.

Kieran and Katie – who are parents to Jett, seven, andBunny, six – split after five years of marriage in 2018. Before their divorce was finalised, she got engaged to on-off boyfriend Kris Boyson last summer, after less than a year of dating – they then split five months later. But pals say Carl is the most grounded of Jordan’s men.

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The source says, “Carl is a good guy. He’s got his own money, career, and genuinely wants to take care of her. He’s great with the kids; he’s not trying to fill any shoes, but he just makes them and Katie so happy. He’s not seeking fame as he’s already had a taste of it. People might be sceptical given what’s happened in the past and her choice in men, but Carl isn’t the same old, same old. He really is a different kettle of fish.”

In August, Kieran expressed his wish that Carl would be “here to stay”, adding, “It would be great for them to have a stable man on that side – or no man… It can affect the kids with different people in and out of their lives.”

In a recent video filmed by her mum, Princess referred to Carl as “stepdad”, while, in separate footage, Bunny showed off a card she’d made, saying “I love you, Carl”.

However, psychotherapist Kate Medlin tells Closer that Katie’s string of relationships could potentially prove to be emotionally difficult for her kids.

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Kate says, “It’s a lot for children to process. Their experience is that these parental figures are quite short-lived, and therefore their attachments could be made accordingly because, unconsciously or otherwise, they know they might not be around for very long. If Katie is presenting it to them as ‘This one’s not going anywhere’, then of course consciously they’re thinking, ‘OK, so maybe this one will last’. But their experience from very young children, really since Peter, is that there’s been a stream of father figures in their mum’s life, which in some cases can cause attachment or abandonment issues.

“Their sensitivity may be higher to that. They need to explore what they’re feeling, instead of worrying about what their mum’s feeling. Hopefully, if Katie works through her issues with the right professional support, she can change her pattern for her and her kids. And, hopefully, this relationship will be successful and provide stability for her and her family.”

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