Expert warns: ‘Katie Price’s injuries will make or break her new relationship’

As she’s told that her recovery from her fractured heels may take two years, Closer’s psychological therapist Emma Kenny warns it could push her new romance to the limit

Katie Price

by Lisa Blake |
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Her agony has been palpable since fracturing both heels during her recent holiday in Turkey. And last week, Katie – who was filmed crawling along a gravelled floor with two casts on her legs to reach her car – was told by doctors she wouldn’t be able to walk for at least six months, and her full recovery could take up to two years.

Reports later claimed she was told her post-surgery wounds risk getting infected, and she could lose a leg if she doesn’t take the recovery process seriously.

Her surgery was brought forward because doctors said her injuries were as “severe as they could be”. In one recent Instagram post, where she showed off her casts covered in blue and pink glitter, Katie described her fractures as “life-changing”.

Supporting the 42-year-old former glamour model is her mum, Amy, who she’s described as her “rock”, and new toyboy boyfriend Carl Woods, who she told fans was being “caring” and “supportive”.

But while she has people looking after her, Closer’s psychological therapist, Emma Kenny, believes the mum of five will need all the help she can get.

Emma says, “Katie has had her freedom taken away and it’ll be really challenging. She’s going to be hugely reliant on other people. I would imagine she’s feeling really nervous, anxious, and worried about work and money, because she still has to earn a living.

“She’s very limited in terms of what she can do, and won’t be able to do a lot of the things that make her who she is, such as going on adventures on her reality show or taking the kids on days out, so she’ll feel very vulnerable and fragile. It’ll also be make or break for her new relationship. It’ll be a challenge and a test – which is a bit unfair, as nobody wants to be tested that way so soon – but at least she’ll get to see earlier on if he’s the kind of guy who will commit and look after her, which is something she obviously wants.

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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.

“This would be such a tough test for any new relationship, because people want to enjoy the honeymoon period without a problem. To some degree, it could answer many of her questions, such as if he’s committed, if he can take care of her vulnerabilities, or if he will be an individual who knows how to protect her during challenging times. If they survive this, it will be very positive for their relationship.”

Katie’s injuries have come just weeks after the star was caring for her eldest son, Harvey, 18, after he was rushed to intensive care with breathing difficulties. It was the latest in a long line of devastating events in Katie’s life. Over the past two years, she’s had to cope with her mum’s terminal lung condition diagnosis, divorce from Kieran Hayler, bankruptcy, a broken engagement to Kris Boyson, a burglary, a cocaine exposé, a kidnap threat, a driving ban, a [restraining order {href='' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer'}), a rehab stint, and her children Junior, 15 and Princess, 13, moving in with their dad Peter Andre.

Emma adds that one of the things Katie isn’t very good at is allowing herself time to heal.

Last week, she shocked fans when she shared a gruesome video of her teeth without veneers, comparing herself to Bond villain Jaws – and had her teeth done the day after news of her foot injuries was confirmed.

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Reports claimed doctors had banned her from getting out of bed ahead of her surgery, due to take place last week, but she posed provocatively on the floor showing off her casts.

Emma says, “She was just at a point where she was starting to get herself back together, after vowing to focus on herself after rehab. She’ll just be desperate to get back to health, and that’s going to be frustrating for her. She’s likely to have some problems with it, because she doesn’t like to take the emotional advice of others.

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"Physically, she’s going to struggle to acknowledge that she needs help, hence her dragging herself across the gravel. She wants to prove she’s independent, but unfortunately she does need help. She’s going to be really frustrated, vulnerable, exposed and helpless, and they’re really not nice feelings.

“Katie’s always struggled to have a close network of people who care for her in a positive way, as her closest friends have become her enemies over the years – such as her friend Jane Pountney, who she accused of having an affair with Kieran. Now she’s going to need people to be supportive on a bigger scale than normal, because she needs physical attention all the time.”

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But while the last few years have been hugely stressful for Katie, her emotional life has also been a roller-coaster. She’s endured three public divorces, a broken engagement, two miscarriages, postnatal depression, and premature births, while raising a severely disabled child – all in the public glare.

Following her split from Kris Boyson last year, Katie said, “I’m stronger, better than ever. I’m a survivor. I feel like I’m going to go back in the jungle again. I’m that survivor where I try anything. I promise you, this is a new road of the fun Price. What’s my saying? ‘Never underestimate the Pricey’. She is back, back for good.”

Emma says, “She will get through this – but not necessarily without emotional injury or damage. She will be immobile for a while and instead of reacting to fear, frustration and anxiety, Katie needs to use this time to think about what she really needs in life.

“She goes from one drama to the next and she should take time to stop, reflect and heal old wounds.”

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