Francine: “I don’t know how Jor­dan will cope with­out her mum – she’s her rock”

● Jor­dan’s old pal, Francine Lewis, speaks out about the star’s spe­cial bond with mum Amy ● She doesn’t be­lieve Jor­dan can be happy with any man ex­cept Peter An­dre

Closer (UK) - - Inside This Issue - By Daisy Mclure

They struck up a close friend­ship 20 years ago through the glam­our modelling world. Now, pre­sen­ter and im­pres­sion­ist Francine Lewis, 42, ad­mits she’s dev­as­tated that her old friend Jor­dan, 40, real name Katie Price, has reached break­down point and is fac­ing los­ing her “rock” – mum Amy.

In Septem­ber last year, Amy, 64, opened up about her id­io­pathic pul­monary fi­bro­sis on Loose Women and told the panel that the ter­mi­nal lung con­di­tion – which causes scar­ring to the lungs and re­duces the suf­ferer’s abil­ity to breathe – means she could only have three years left to live.

And Francine, who says she spent a lot of time at Amy’s house in Brighton in the late ’90s, be­lieves the star’s out-of-con­trol be­hav­iour is partly a re­ac­tion to her mum’s di­ag­no­sis. She says, “I can’t imag­ine what Katie is go­ing through right now. And when she loses her mum, I just don’t know how she will cope – it’s quite scary.

PER­FECT PETE

“Amy is Katie’s rock. They had such a spe­cial bond, and I don’t think Katie lis­tened to any­one apart from her mum. Katie has the kind of per­son­al­ity you can’t con­trol, and Amy is such a good mum be­cause she lets Katie be who she needs to be.”

Francine also ex­plains that Amy has been vi­tal in help­ing out with child­care over the years – par­tic­u­larly with 16-year-old Har­vey, who suf­fers im­paired vi­sion and is on the

autism spec­trum. Francine says, “Katie couldn’t have con­tin­ued to have a great ca­reer with­out Amy – how could she have worked?”

And Francine says Amy will be wor­ry­ing about how her daugh­ter would cope if any­thing should hap­pen to her, adding, “She al­ways said, ‘If I die, I want to know you’re set­tled and happy’. I think it’s quite sad that she doesn’t feel that way.”

Francine ex­plains that she was there when Jor­dan went on her first date with singer Dane Bow­ers in 1998; the star was fa­mously heart­bro­ken when the re­la­tion­ship ended 18 months later. Jor­dan then fell preg­nant with Har­vey af­ter a fling with foot­baller Dwight Yorke, and gave birth in 2002. She later ad­mit­ted to tak­ing singer Gareth Gate’s vir­gin­ity while she was preg­nant, and Francine – who says she was “shocked” when she heard – was the first per­son Jor­dan told.

But through­out Jor­dan’s roller-coaster love life, Francine main­tains that meet­ing Peter An­dre was the best thing that could have hap­pened to her friend. She says, “Pete was a gen­uine per­son and I think it’s sad she lost him be­cause he’s the nicest man any­one could ever meet. He re­ally cared.”

HER OTHER MEN

But Francine claims that af­ter Jor­dan left I’m A Celeb! in 2004, fame changed her. She says, “I think it all went to her head; she be­came a power cou­ple with Pete. She wasn’t the same Katie, I couldn’t get hold of her and, to be hon­est, I stopped try­ing. I felt she didn’t make any ef­fort and we just grew apart.”

Still, Francine says she was sad that Jor­dan and Pete split in 2009, adding, “I don’t feel Katie has been happy since she broke up with Pete. I don’t know if she’ll ever be happy with any­one else.”

And as all her sub­se­quent re­la­tion­ships seemed to have ended in dis­as­ter, Francine says she doesn’t un­der­stand Jor­dan’s choice in men. She says, “Alex Reid is good-look­ing and a nice guy, but I never got the Kieran thing – he cheated and prob­a­bly made her feel worth­less. I can’t help wor­ry­ing they’re dat­ing her be­cause of her name.”

Now, Francine says she hopes Katie for­gets about dat­ing the wrong men and fo­cuses on her chil­dren as she gets through this dif­fi­cult pe­riod. She says, “She needs to re­mem­ber that no one comes be­fore your chil­dren. She’s still young and has got her whole life ahead of her. My ad­vice would be to get the help she needs and to take a step back from the lime­light. Just fo­cus on your chil­dren, keep your friends close, and en­joy the time you’ve got left with your mum.”

And the star would love to re­con­nect with her old pal, adding, “If she ever texted me or called, I’d be there for her be­cause that’s what a gen­uine friend would do.”

The pair met through glam­our modelling

Jor­dan at Francine’s wed­ding in 2005

Jor­dan’s mum has been di­ag­nosed with a ter­mi­nal lung con­di­tion

The pair par­tied to­gether be­fore drift­ing apart

She was there for Jor­dan when she gave birth to Har­vey

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