Katie’s birthday MELTDOWN
As she hurtles towards her 40th birthday, and with divorce from her third hubby Kieran Hayler imminent, Katie Price is warned by pals that she is ‘out of control’
‘It’s been a tough year. I’d say it’s been the worst ever. I can’t wait to put all the drama behind me,’ admitted a hopeful Katie Price when we interviewed her back in December. But as she approaches her 40th birthday on May 22, this year doesn’t seem to be getting any better – and her friends, family and loyal fans are worried she’s heading for her biggest meltdown yet.
Last week, a source confirmed Katie’s troubled marriage to Kieran is ‘now over’. It comes after Kieran’s affair with their children’s nanny, Nikki Brown, was exposed last August. He previously cheated on Katie in 2014 with her two best friends, Jane Pountney and Chrissy Thomas. And, two weeks ago, he was caught ‘liking’ a sexy Instagram picture of former
Love Island star, Kady McDermott.
Last summer, after the Nikki Brown affair emerged, Katie claimed she was set to divorce Kieran. But the former glamour model – who has Jett, four, and three-yearold Bunny with former stripper Kieran – had to put proceedings on hold after being hit with the devastating news that her beloved mum,
Amy, is battling terminal lung disease, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
In October, her disabled, eldest child Harvey, 15, was faced with death threats from trolls and police were called in, forcing her to cancel the remaining dates of her An Audience With
Katie Price tour.
Since then, Kieran has remained in the family home, helping to look after the children, including Junior,
12, and Princess, 10 – Katie’s children with ex-husband,
Peter Andre, 45. But over the months, he continued to tease fans that he was salvaging his relationship with Katie, after sharing photos of him in the marital bed and cuddling up to his wife on the sofa.
However, last week, a source revealed the pair are over for good, and there’s speculation Katie has grown close to footballer, Shane Duffy (see above).
‘There have been loads of trials and tribulations, but it’s finally over. They’ve both accepted it and are ending the marriage, but Kieran is still in the house for now. He’s great with the kids and has almost become a live-in nanny.
‘But he’s convinced she’s already dating other people and suspects she has been doing so for a little while. She has been out a lot and even stayed away overnight and grown close to a couple of new guys.’
The source added, ‘He suspects she is close to Brighton player Shane Duffy. She spends a lot of time taking phone calls out of earshot, which he thinks could well be other men. Either way, he knows there is no going back.’ The news came 24 hours after Katie was spotted partying hard with former Love Island star Rykard Jenkins at Essex hotspot, Sheesh. In a series of bizarre stories on his Instagram, Katie hurriedly told the camera, ‘We’re not on a date.’
But reality TV star Rykard, 27 – who split from his girlfriend, Rachel Fenton, in December – enjoyed the evening, as he mocked Katie’s cringey karaoke performances and filmed her seductively eating a prawn out of his hand.
A source close to Katie tells us, ‘Katie’s freaked out about turning 40 and is alternating between saying she wants a divorce, being single and have no more kids, to wanting another baby. She is out of control. She cannot cope with the fact she is losing her mum. Whenever she is in a state of trauma, she goes out to parties, has surgery and gets off her head. ‘Her home life is terrible. Her weight has plummeted and she’s now under seven-and-a-half stone.’
Along with the stress endured from her imminent divorce, painful dental work and botched facial surgery also contributed to Katie’s tough year.
‘I was being absolutely crucified for how I looked,’ she admitted in April. ‘My face didn’t take well to [a face lift].’
In the same month, she was slated after she dropped out of the London Marathon before even reaching the 15k mark.
Before the race, Katie revealed she had only managed nine miles in one training session. ‘I’m not worried because I know I’ll complete it. Even if I have to crawl over the finish line, I will,’ she said. ‘There’s absolutely no way I’ll pull out.’
But fans were outraged when Katie was spotted enjoying afternoon tea on the day of the race. She later insisted, ‘I did train for the run. I tried my best.’
‘I’VE EXPERIENCED THE ULTIMATE BETRAYAL’
While milestone birthdays are traditionally a time to gather family and close friends, Katie may be struggling to find any of the latter.
She was left humiliated in 2014 when her best friends Jane and Chrissy admitted to having sex with Kieran, with Katie even catching Jane performing a sex act on Kieran while they were on holiday in Cape Verde.
‘Jane needs to go and die,’ Katie slammed her former friend. ‘I hope she dies painfully – if I had a voodoo doll I’d use it every day.’
She added, ‘I’ve known Jane and Chrissy for years. They are two people who I thought would have my back. What I’ve experienced is the ultimate betrayal by the very people who I thought loved me at a time when I needed them most.’
And while ex-husband Alex Reid has reported Katie to the police over allegations of ‘revenge porn’, Katie’s first husband Peter Andre reportedly ‘refuses’ to speak to his ex unless he’s in a group chat with new wife, Emily.
We reported last month that Katie was keen to make amends with the couple, by sending an invite to the Mysterious Girl singer to her 40th birthday – which Pete promptly rejected, in order not to make 28-year-old Emily feel uncomfortable.
A source revealed, ‘Katie is absolutely gutted that Pete won’t be attending her 40th. The truth is Pete knows it would just be too awkward.’
As she hurtles towards her landmark birthday, only one question remains – what will Katie be wishing to fix first when she blows out the candles on her birthday cake?
Katie enjoyed a wild night out with Love Islander Rykard