Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - KATIE GUPWELL Re­porter katieann.gupwell@waleson­ AN AU­DI­ENCE WITH KATIE PRICE AT ST DAVID’S HALL, CARDIFF

I’LL have to be care­ful here – I’ve got no knick­ers on.” How else was Katie Price to open her Cardiff gig? The pub­lic fig­ure and for­mer glam­our model was in­ter­viewed at St David’s Hall on Fri­day night as part of her UK tour.

Katie, for­merly known as Jor­dan, has had her name splashed in the pa­pers a lot over the past few weeks.

Not only has she dis­cov­ered that her hus­band, Kieran Hayler, cheated on her once again, but she also re­cently re­vealed the dev­as­tat­ing news that her mum has been di­ag­nosed with a ter­mi­nal lung ill­ness.

De­spite the heartache, she ap­peared on stage in the Welsh cap­i­tal to re­veal a dif­fer­ent side of her­self – a funny and, hon­estly, yes – quite a lov­able Pricey.

She’s never re­ally moved far from her home­town in Brighton.

“I like stay­ing close to home,” she said.

“If I go shop­ping I go in Brighton be­cause I feel safe there.

“I don’t re­ally like go­ing any­where else.”

It was the start of an in­ter­view that ex­posed a more vul­ner­a­ble side to the for­mer model.

She ex­plained she only worked as a page three model for a year, which is quite sur­pris­ing considering it’s what she’s most renowned for.

“I didn’t tell any­one when I did my first shoot,” she said,

“But they don’t pay as much as peo­ple think they do.

“I got £90 for three hours’ work at The Sun.

“But The Daily Star paid more – they paid £120.”

Price’s abil­ity to talk frankly, with­out car­ing what any­one else thinks, is what draws peo­ple to the TV star.

Whether you like her, or dis­agree with how she lives her life, there’s some­thing that’s very real about her.

She flung off her high heels on stage and popped her feet up on the sofa be­cause she had blis­ters.

As she cwtched up on the sofa clutch­ing a pil­low it was al­most as if you were chat­ting to her in her liv­ing room.

Even when she talked about her time at the Play­boy Man­sion she ex­posed a sense of hu­man­ity that is rarely shared by celebs.

Price said: “When I was younger I lived with Hugh Hefner at the Play- boy man­sion for about six weeks, but to be a girl­friend you have to do the deed and I did not want to do the deed.

“He’s a re­ally nice guy though. I just didn’t want to do it.

“But I went to the fa­mous grotto and I marked my ter­ri­tory – I p***ed in it.”

She was also very open about how she works as a busi­ness woman.

From her au­to­bi­ogra­phies to her nov­els to her mu­sic – the Pricey empire is still go­ing strong and she knows how to keep the brand alive.

The star of­ten gets crit­i­cised for look­ing bizarre at press launches.

In the past she has dressed up as a mer­maid and she even got her hands on a horse cos­tume at one point.

“I don’t know why peo­ple think I think I look good in these things,” ex­plained Katie.

“I look like such a d**k when I look in the mir­ror.

“But when you do some­thing dif­fer­ent the press write about it and pro­mote my pro- duct.

“I may not be the braini­est, but I know how too make money.”

She even n laughed off the cos­tume she wore when she au­di­tioned to rep­re­sent the UK in the Euro­vi­sion Song Con­test more than 10 years ago.

“I looked like a pink con­dom,” she laughed.

While there may not have been enough time to speak about all the heart­break in her life, there was plenty of time to see a glimpse of the woman be­hind the cam­era.

A Katie that laughs, loves and def­i­nitely isn’t plan­ning on go­ing away any time soon.

I’ll have to be care­ful here – I’ve got no knick­ers on

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