‘I’m not a big drinker’: Katie Price says she’s ‘ashamed’ after ‘traumatic’ drink and drug-fuelled crash – but vows to make 2022 a year of ‘no drama’ in first TV appearance since being spared jail
- The TV personality, 43, appeared on Good Morning Britain alongside eldest child Harvey, 19, as she discussed the crash as well as her new book with her son
- Katie was given 16-week sentence suspended for 12 months in December after crashing her BMW X5 while high and drunk
- The mother-of-five said: ‘The events were really traumatic. I feel ashamed about it all. People shouldn’t judge people, there’s always reasons for things’
Katie Price has revealed she feels ‘ashamed’ of herself after narrowly avoiding jail last month for driving while drunk, banned and high on cocaine.
The former glamour model, 43, was handed a 16-week suspended sentence and two-year driving ban for flipping her uninsured BMW X5 into a hedge while disqualified and under the influence on a country lane near her home in West Sussex on September 28.
Speaking on Tuesday’s Good Morning Britain in her first TV appearance since her sentencing, the mother-of-five insisted that 2022 was going to be a ‘year of no dramas’ and revealed she’s currently doing Dry January (staying sober for the month) to kickstart the year, as she’s ‘not a big drinker anyway’.
Shame: Katie Price admitted she’s ‘ashamed’ of herself after ‘traumatic’ drink drive arrest but vows to make 2022 a year of ‘no drama’ in first TV appearance since avoiding jail
Appearing via video link alongside son Harvey, 19, she was probed about nearly ending up in jail for her latest arrest, to which she said: ‘The events were really traumatic.
‘It’s been traumatic after, so I’m not ready to talk about it yet. But what I will say is that I went to the Priory and I’ve made the decision finally to see a therapist every week, forever, to deal with the traumatic events that led me to getting into that car.
‘I’m very good at hiding things but when I’m ready to talk about it then I will come on to talk. There’s reasons why I got in that car and my mental state but when I’m ready I will.
‘I feel ashamed about it all. There are reasons that I am still dealing with now. It’s a new year but I’m still dealing with it, people shouldn’t judge people, there’s always reasons for things.’
Speaking out: Appearing via video link alongside son Harvey, 19, she was probed about nearly ending up in jail for her latest arrest, to which she said, ‘the events were really traumatic’
Katie escaped with a suspended prison sentence because she complied with a requirement to attend the £6,800-a-week rehab centre – despite going out shopping while staying at the facility.
The former glamour model was told by a judge that she deserved to spend Christmas behind bars after committing her ninth motoring offence.
Following her court appearance, Katie released a statement saying she is ‘incredibly sorry’ and ‘sincerely grateful nobody was hurt’.
Drink-driving campaigners said they were ‘gobsmacked’ by the ‘unbelievable’ sentence, but the judge said Katie would avoid going to jail because she completed a stint at celebrity rehab clinic The Priory and stayed out of trouble.
The crash: The former glamour model, 43, was handed a 16-week suspended sentence and two-year driving ban for flipping her uninsured BMW X5 into a hedge while disqualified and under the influence on a country lane near her home in West Sussex on September 28
Yet Katie has vowed to move on with her life, and looking ahead to the rest of the year, Katie said on GMB: ‘2022 is my year, 22 is my lucky number. My birthday. The main box on Deal or No Deal. This has to be my year of no dramas.’
Katie shares Harvey with Dwight Yorke, Junior, 16, and Princess, 14, with Peter Andre and Jett, eight, and Bunny, seven with Kieran Hayler, yet wants to expand her family.
She added: ‘Babies, marriage, this year I want it all. I’ve definitely found the one in Carl [Woods, her fiancé] and we will get married.
‘It will be in England, because of the family, my mum is terminally ill and can’t travel. So I’d never get married unless my mum was there.’
Katie’s mother Amy was diagnosed with Idopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis in 2017. The condition scars the lungs and makes it difficult to breathe – there is currently no cure.
Katie said: ‘The events were really traumatic. But what I will say is that I went to the Priory and I’ve made the decision finally to see a therapist every week, forever’
The TV personality also took time out to discuss her new book Harvey And Me, about her eldest child, who has been diagnosed with septo-optic dysplasia, diabetes insipidus, ADHD and autism.
Speaking about his recent move to a residential college, Katie explained: ‘A massive change is him being separated. A lot of people in my situation understand the anxiety of being parted. And he’s three hours away now. So I can’t just pop in and see him.
‘But how he’s coped without me – I’m still seeing him every weekend – but it’s a new place, new people and how he fits in with that. It’s challenging, but they’re getting to know Harvey very well. He’s not easy with his complex needs and behaviour.
‘It’s still challenging and we’re still getting used to it.’
Katie said on GMB: ‘2022 is my year, 22 is my lucky number. My birthday. The main box on Deal or No Deal. This has to be my year of no dramas’
Asking Harvey his thoughts on college, the teenager responded: ‘It’s really great and fantastic mummy.’
Katie concluded: ‘There’s so much we haven’t covered; I’d love to come in and chat more. But just to let everyone know I am in a good headspace.’
Katie’s interview was her first since receiving her suspended prison sentence last month.
The crash happened on September 28, with police arresting Katie on the scene before taking her to hospital.
Tests showed the television personality had 66 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – nearly double the legal limit of 35mcg.
She also tested positive for cocaine on a wipe. An image shared by police from the scene showed a car flipped on its side, and after the crash her family expressed concern for her wellbeing.
Doting mum: The TV personality also took time out to discuss her new book Harvey And Me, about her eldest child, who has been diagnosed with septo-optic dysplasia, diabetes insipidus, ADHD and autism
Sweet: Katie shared a snap from the interview on her Instagram page as she cuddled up to her eldest son in a cute picture
John Scruby, a trustee of the Campaign Against Drink Driving charity, told MailOnline the sentencing was ‘another case of a celebrity twisting the rules to escape justice’, adding the average person facing drink driving charges ‘cannot afford to go to a £6,000-a-week rehab centre’.
He also accused the reality star of ‘trying to play the victim’ in a case where ‘she is only a victim of her own stupidity and selfishness’.
Following her court appearance, Katie issued a grovelling apology and said she ‘realised the damage my actions could have caused’.
Moving forward: Katie revealed she wants to marry and have children with fiancé Carl Woods this year (pictured leaving Crawley Magistrates’ Court with Carl in West Sussex last month)
She added: ‘I would like to thank my family – my children, my mum, dad, sister, brother, my partner Carl, Leigh, and my friends who have supported me throughout these past few months
‘It’s been a really difficult time and I’m incredibly sorry for my actions – I’m sincerely grateful nobody was hurt – I realise the damage my actions could have caused not only to another family, but to my own as well.
‘I’m now spending time getting better – mental health is a hidden illness and can strike at any time.
‘The triggers that cause my anxiety and behaviour are something I’m trying to understand, come to terms with, and learn to control moving forward.
‘This will be a long process for myself and something I’ll continue to work on for the rest of my life. It’s also something I can work on with my family so we can progress on a new chapter.’
Katie Price’s long history of driving offences that has seen her banned from the road SIX times
2003: Price escaped a speeding charge after police failed to arrest her within 12 weeks of allegedly clocking 70mph in a 40mph zone in her Range Rover.
2008: After talking on the mobile phone while driving on April 18, Price landed three penalty points.
2009: Price failed to provide the identity of the driver after her car was allegedly caught speeding in a 30mph zone and was later handed four penalty points after being clocked at 99mph and was handed four points on her licence.
2010: Price was convicted for failing to be in proper control of her horsebox after veering into another lane in February and was given three points on her licence, bringing her total to 10. Then in December she was banned from driving for six months after doing 83mph in a 70mph zone in her home county of West Sussex.
2012: Two years later, Katie was disqualified for 12 months for failing to respond to two speeding tickets in September.
2018: Price landed a six-month ban in February 2018 for speeding after totting up 12 penalty points for speeding. In July, photos emerged of her driving while still banned. Then in October she was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and spent 13 hours in custody after crashing into a VW Golf and a hedge on a gated estate at 2am.
2019: She was given a three-month ban for driving while disqualified in January of that year. And then in October, Price was banned from driving for a further 18 months for failing to inform police who was behind the wheel of her pink Range Rover during a crash in Bexley, South East London.
2021: Price crashes her BMW car on a country road near her West Sussex home in the early hours of the morning in September after drinking and taking drugs. She pleaded guilty at Crawley Magistrates of drink driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.
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