The Loose Women panel have stepped in to defend Katie Price after she made the heartbreaking decision to put her eldest son Harvey into care now that he’s turned 18.
The former model’s son was born with a series of genetic conditions and syndromes, and is autistic, partially blind, and has a series of learning and behavioural difficulties.
Katie has been raising him with the help of respite care throughout his life, but as he reaches a more adult age, she’s decided to put him into a facility where he can learn to be more independent.
Speaking on Friday’s Loose Women, Nadia Sawalha, Kaye Adams, Stacey Solomon and Judy Love all threw their support behind Katie as they praised what a ‘devoted’ mum she is.
‘I’ve seen Katie with Harvey, like many of us have and nobody can deny the incredible relationship they have,’ Nadia began.
‘She adores that boy and I think we can all imagine how difficult it must be for her on one hand to make that decision.
‘But she’s making a really good mother’s decision because this is obviously the best thing for him, Kaye?’
Kaye replied: ‘I must echo what you said there Nadia and I think we all would.
‘She is a devoted mother and seeing Katie’s situation there I am sure there will be so many families in this country who have children with special needs and disabilities, who have had one of the hardest years of their life.
‘I mean if we think we have had a tough time. Most respite care and support has been taken away by necessity because of coronavirus, but I really take my hat off to everyone who has got through this year.’
‘Katie is making an incredibly difficult decision and a necessary one,’ she added.
‘Harvey is 18. He regards himself as a man and to be blunt, Katie has to think I’m not going to be here forever.
‘Anyone who stands in judgement should take a look at themselves.’
Stacey and Judy also went on to back Katie’s decision, with Stacey emphasising how difficult it is to be a carer.
Ending the segment Nadia simply added: ‘From us to you, a big, big hug.’
Loose women viewers also took to Twitter to share their support.
One tweeted: ‘I’m not the biggest fan of Katie Price but you can see she’s been brilliant with Harvey and absolutely adores him. You can’t judge her for this, it must’ve been a heartbreaking decision.’
Another said: ‘You might not like Katie Price but you have to commend her on raising Harvey virtually on her own for 18 years.’
While one added: ‘I don’t think anyone has a right to judge her decision, we don’t know what a day in her life is like. And no mother would come to that decision lightly.’
The TV personality previously admitted her fears about letting Harvey go, worrying that he will see her as ‘getting rid of him’ when that’s not the case.
‘This is his chance to live an independent life, learn skills and socialise with people other than me,’ she told The Sun, explaining he could potentially live there until the age of 25.
The facilities Katie has in mind allow Harvey to have his own kitchen, bedroom and bathroom, but also be surrounded by healthcare professionals that can handle his specific needs.
This also includes a swimming pool and specialists to help him control his weight, as he has Prader-Willi Syndrome, which in part leaves him feeling constantly hungry.
A documentary tracking the difficult decision airs at the end of this month on BBC One.
Katie Price: Harvey and Me airs Monday 25th January at 8.30pm on BBC One.
Credit: Original article published here.