Why Peter Andre’s driving Katie Price’s race to marry Love Island toyboy Carl

She teased fans she was engaged to her new man amid claims they’re house hunting after weeks of dating, but Closer’s psychological therapist, Emma Kenny, says Katie’s past heartbreak may push her to find her happily ever after

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by Daisy McLure |
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She swore off men at the start of the year and insisted she wanted to focus on herself after a rehab stint, telling Closer in April she didn’t want to “rush into” meeting a man or having a baby, adding her mindset was “very different now”.

But just three months later, Katie went public with new boyfriend Carl Woods. And jaws dropped last week when she told her Instagram followers he’d proposed, after sharing a snap of a diamond on her ring fingerand praising him, saying, “Knowing @carljwoods will be the last man I want to spend the rest of my life with is an understatement!”

The mum of five, 42, told fans that former Love Island star Carl, 31, had popped the question, writing, “Omg @carljwoods just proposed to me I said yes”, before going back on her claims, the next day saying, “Last night fun with @paulisthejoker, not really engaged just comedy fun.”

Fans were quick to comment, with one posting “Wouldn’t surprise me if they were engaged to be honest” and another writing, “Here we go again!”

While the engagement was a prank, there have been reports the pair are house-hunting in Essex for a place to move in together, after a month of dating.

Katie has had a string of whirlwind engagements and weddings. After splitting fromfirst husband Peter Andre, 47 – with whom she shares Junior, 15, and Princess, 13 – in 2009, she wed cage fighter Alex Reid, 45, just five months after her divorce.

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She then got engaged to Leandro Penna, 34, in April 2012, before her engagement to third husband Kieran Hayler, 33, in December that year, after being with him for just six weeks. The pair – who share Jett, seven, and Bunny, 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 split five months later.

TAKE A LOOK: Katie Price's husbands and boyfriends - what happened next?


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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.

Katie has so far only joked about saying yes to Carl, but it is a possibility. Closer’s psychological therapist Emma Kenny believes her desire to get married stems from her insecurities.

She says, “People who have multiple whirlwind engagements are often in love with the feeling of being in love. If they have an ongoing pattern of engagement, marriage and divorce multiple times in a short time, they likely get their self-validation from being loved, as traditionally, marriage says someone is in love with you.

“With Katie, she’s so desperate to feel adored and to prove to the world she is wanted that she falls into a cycle of engagements, marriages, and splits. If there’s no real foundation and connection there, which often takes time to build, it’s less likely to work.”

Katie admitted last year that she loves the idea of marriage and a happy-ever -after, saying, “I can’t wait [to marry again]. I want that Prince Charming, to be with him forever. I thought Kieran was forever. I thought they all were. I want to look at someone and not have my head turned… I had that with Pete.”

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Over the years, Katie has made a few comments about her first marriage to Pete. As well as calling him “the love of her life”, she said earlier this year, “I would have stayed married to the first one. I believe in getting married and staying with them forever.”

Emma says, “Katie’s first experience of marriage was with Pete. I think that, with him, she had a good, solid marriage and a true relationship, where they both really loved each other. That broke down and, as Katie admits, she was heartbroken.

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"She was then married less than a year after her divorce from him. I also think she wants to prove she’s over Pete and her other past lovers. I think she was trying to replicate that happiness and those feelings have driven her obsession with marriage since. What says she’s moved on more than marrying someone else?

“She still seems desperate to prove she is loveable and perhaps that she wasn’t the problem in her past marriage breakdowns. It’s like she wants to convince people that there wasn’t anything wrong with how she was in those past relationships, and that she does have the ability to have a happy, stable marriage.”

Katie has often courted the attentions of younger men, forging friendships with reality stars Scotty T, 32, and Chris Hughes, 27, and DJ Tom Zanetti, 31, as well as briefly dating builder Charles Drury, 22, last year. She had a fling with singer Gareth Gates, now 35 – taking his virginity when he was 17.

Watch: Scotty T spills the tea on his relationship with Katie Price

Emma adds, “Katie has a low opinion of men. She expects they’ll let her down, so perhaps feels she may as well crack on with younger, good-looking ones who make her feel amazing. Her whole career has been built on the way she looks and clinging on to her youth is probably as much a business decision as it is an emotional choice. Women are often attracted to toyboys as they like the vitality a younger man brings – it’s exciting. It’s also a way of overcoming her secret fear of getting older.”

After divorcing Katie, Pete married doctor Emily MacDonagh, 30, in 2015, and the couple – who have their own YouTube channel showing their happy family life – share children Amelia, six, and Theo, three.

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And Emma adds that Pete’s happiness in his second marriage and family life could also be contributing to her obsession with getting engaged.

She says, “Pete’s successful relationship, marriage, and family may also be a driving factor in Katie’s constant race to settle down again. I think she sees the life he’s made, with Emily and his new children, and wants to have that too. She wants the happy ending, like she’s admitted, and I do think an element of that is down to the fact Pete has found his.”

And Katie revealed she’d broken both her feet in a “silly little accident” on her recent holiday to Turkey, after jumping over a wall and landing badly. On returning to the UK, the wheelchair-bound star visited a specialist surgeon and consultant in London. She didn’t elaborate, but told fans, “After further scans, the news is absolutely devastating. I’m gutted.” Reports later claimed Katie’s recovery could take up to two years and she won’t be able to walk or put any weight on her feet.

Katie’s rep told Closer, “She’s having surgery on her feet. The injuries are more serious and the extent of her recovery is going to take longer than first thought. She’s going to continue working but there’s a long road ahead.”

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