Katie Price says her five children ‘saved her life’ when she felt suicidal
Katie Price has credited her five children with ‘saving her life’ after she was left feeling suicidal last year.
The former glamour model, 42, has regularly spoken about her mental health struggles and checked herself into The Priory in London at the beginning of 2020.
She told The Sun: ‘I can’t imagine not being a mum. My kids basically saved my life to be honest. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for them.
Candid: Katie Price has credited her five children with ‘saving her life’ after she was left feeling suicidal last year
‘I wanted to commit suicide last year but the reason I didn’t, every time I’d get close I’d think of my kids faces, that’s what stopped me.
She added: ‘Harvey wouldn’t know what to do without me – it would be my worst nightmare.’
Katie is mum to Harvey, 18, Junior, 15, Princess, 13, Jett, seven, and Bunny, six. She cares for Harvey who has multiple disabilities.
While appearing on BBC Northern Ireland’s Nolan Live in February, Katie was asked if she’d reveal what the ‘crunch point’ was for her mental health.
‘I can’t imagine not being a mum’: The former glamour model, 42, is a doting mother to Harvey, 18, Junior, 15, Princess, 13, Jett, seven, and Bunny, six (pictured together)
Katie heartbreakingly admitted: ‘I wanted to commit suicide. I planned it, I did everything… Everything was on top of me, it was a build up.
‘I’m only human, I’m strong but there’s only so much you can take and I could have either committed suicide or got help.’
Katie admitted that her children were her reason for seeking help at her lowest ebb.
She continued: ‘Every time I went to do it I thought: ‘I can’t, I’ve got kids, sort yourself out’, so I asked for help, got help, and I stuck to it.
‘I went to The Priory for five weeks and I’m a brand new person now.’
Katie said: ‘I wanted to commit suicide last year but the reason I didn’t, every time I’d get close I’d think of my kids faces, that’s what stopped me’ (pictured with her children and beau Carl Woods during Christmas 2020)
Encouraging viewers to help, she said: ‘Don’t be afraid to speak, too many people out there commit suicide because they’re afraid.’
Katie first spoke about her suicidal thoughts in October last year, when she opened up about feeling like she had hit rock bottom before entering The Priory.
The former glamour model candidly discussed feeling like a ‘different person’ before her stay at the private mental health hospital ahead of lockdown.
Speaking on her YouTube channel, Katie explained how she ‘had thoughts of killing myself’ and knew she would ‘die or self destruct’ if she didn’t get help.
Katie said: ‘I had thoughts of killing myself. That’s how bad it got for me but you guys don’t know that because Katie Price always puts on a brave face.
Changes: The doting mum says she’s ‘such a different person’ since checking into The Priory for help with her mental health (pictured with Carl)
‘Believe it or not Loose Women was my breaking point. I don’t know how on earth I used to do it when really I was ill, I was suffering.
‘Now I’d love to do Loose Women or shows because I’m such a different person and it’s all from being in The Priory.’
During the extremely honest video Katie also explained how before getting help she ‘hit rock bottom’ and started ‘self-medicating’.
She said: ‘I’m not proud of it but I had nobody close to me to talk too, they’d all betrayed me at some point, there was few people I could trust.
‘I wanted to keep everything in and couldn’t talk. I just wanted to sleep. I was weak… and I let a drug get the better of me and I let people use me.
‘Then I had a wakeup call… if I don’t get help I’m going to die or self destruct. l had lost me, the kids had lost their mum, nobody believed in me anymore.’
Katie previously admitted that she wrote herself a goodbye letter to cocaine after her stint at The Priory in 2018.
Looking back at her difficult time in a candid interview with The Times, the mother-of-five said that she doesn’t know how she found the ‘strength’ to ask her doctors for help after ‘self-medicating’ with drugs.
Katie insisted that her stint at rehab in 2018 was not for drinks or drugs but instead ‘severe traumatic rehabilitation’.
Katie said since her stint at The Priory, she has also written a ‘goodbye letter to cocaine’, which says: ‘You’ll never get the better of me again.’
Katie visited The Priory in September 2018 and spent 28 days in the facility after her family urged her to seek help following wild partying antics in Mallorca and a turbulent year in which she was arrested for drink-driving.
Close bond: Katie said leaving Harvey without a mum would be her ‘worst nightmare’
At the time, she was confronted by her loved ones after shocking footage emerged of her rapping ‘I love coke’ during a booze-fuelled hen do.
Katie broke down after the intervention and admitted she needed help to get over her chaotic behaviour, which she blamed on her PTSD.
Katie has children Junior, 15, and Princess, 13, with her ex-husband Peter Andre, 47, and son Jett, seven, and daughter Bunny, six, with former spouse Kieran Hayler, 33.
The former glamour model also has son Harvey, 18, whose father is retired footballer Dwight Yorke, 49.
Harvey is on the autism spectrum and was born with disabilities including partial blindness, septo-optic dysplasia, ADHD and Prader-Willi syndrome, which causes an excessive appetite.
Katie recently revealed that she has made the heartbreaking decision to send Harvey to a full-time residential college for the next stage of his life from age 18 to 25.
If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org
Family: The star credited her children with helping her get through her lowest points (pictured Junior and Princess with their dad Peter Andre)
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