Reality TV star, lads’ mag favourite, aspiring Eurovision candidate, leading horse wear designer, best-selling author – there are few strings left to add to Katie Price’s bow.
During the course of her colourful career where she began to make waves as top tabloid fodder Jordan, she’s experienced the extreme highs and lows of being on trial by both the media and the public.
Many have called her talentless, which I find hard to believe when she once managed to build a reported £45million by simply being the unfiltered Katie Price.
While her fortune is thought to have shrunk quite sizeably since the days of starring in her ratings smash hit ITV2 series Katie and Peter – when she could command up to six-figures for a magazine shoot and was shifting endless ‘Katie Price’ endorsed products – the talent which really captured the hearts of nation hasn’t faltered.
While she’s tried her hand at almost every money-making idea that comes her way, for me Katie shines brightest when she’s with her five children, Harvey, Junior, Princess, Jett and Bunny. For me, her impressive talents lie as a mother.
Tonight, millions who have both relished in judging and celebrating Katie during the years will receive an open invitation to one of the most transformative moments of her life as her eldest son Harvey flies the nest in her eye-opening BBC documentary, Harvey and Me.
At 18 years old, leaving home is a rite of passage most young adults embark on with excitement and pride – the first real taste of freedom is about to fall upon them and a new chapter awaits.
For parents, it’s the end of a sizeable chapter. But for Katie, the thought of her son moving out of the family home to embark on the next chapter of life is substantially more daunting than it is for most.
Harvey has multiple disabilities including blindness and ADHD and also has an excessive appetite caused by genetic condition Prader-Willi Syndrome.
While many 18 year olds look forward to releasing the shackles of the family home and diving headfirst into traffic light parties and wreaking havoc in student dorms or entering the world of full-time work, Harvey’s life decisions fall on Katie. Not only does she have to find her son the perfect college to accommodate his needs, but the perfect home.
Their bond isn’t just unbreakable, it’s unbeatable.
Whatever life has thrown at Katie Price, or threatens to throw at Katie Price, she’ll fight it off with unshakable determination
From a distance, we’ve spent 18 years of watching Katie raise Harvey through numerous personal battles of her own. In Harvey and Me, the star gives the most no holds barred insight into the reality of raising a severely disabled child.
While she’s renowned for her knack of creating a media storm, and her secret recipe for creating the perfect headline is second to none, it’s being a mother which is Katie’s greatest strength.
The walls of her mansion are decorated with gaping holes where Harvey’s fists have left their mark in a fit of rage. Her morning begins with daily struggles trying to get her son into the shower, made particularly difficult when her teenage boy is just under 28 stone and his temper can be out of control.
As she takes Harvey to different colleges, deciding which could be his next home, it’s clear she’s presented with a different challenge around every corner. The slam of a door can cause him to slap his hands over his ears and scream in agony.
‘It’s that bad he’ll smash a window,’ she tells one of the teachers during the tour of a potential college.
At one point, the sudden sound of an alarm causes Harvey to frantically bang his head against a door.
Remarkably, nothing fazes Katie. Armed with an iPad, which proves invaluable to calm Harvey down, and colouring books, she takes the most difficult of situations in her stride. It’s quite something.
Even when she’s warned Harvey could one day be sectioned under the Mental Health Act if he’s found to be a danger to himself or others, Katie remains adamant that won’t be the case for her ‘Harv’.
‘That would never happen because I’m so involved,’ she tells Anna Kennedy, friend and founder of the autism charity, Anna Kennedy Online.
Whatever life has thrown at Katie Price, or threatens to throw at Katie Price, she’ll fight it off with unshakable determination. While her strength hasn’t really been a secret, through the course of Harvey and Me it’s more apparent than ever just quite how extraordinary that resilience is.
What’s more, that resilience appears to be completely selfless – Katie will be tough because she has to be for her children, particularly Harvey.
When Harvey has had several father figures weave in and out of his 18 years – husbands Peter Andre, Kieran Hayler and her current boyfriend Carl Woods, to name a few – Katie has for the most part raised her eldest knowing that ultimately the responsibility falls on her since Harvey’s birth father, footballer Dwight Yorke, has remained estranged since his boy was a small child.
What she’s achieved as mother is quite extraordinary. While Katie has never been scared to be imperfect – or pretended to be – in the limelight, behind-the-scenes she’s proven to be quiet the wonder woman.
Tonight’s documentary pulls back that curtain and unmasks the secret superhero that is Katie Price.
Katie Price: Harvey and Me airs tonight at 8.30pm on BBC One.
Credit: Original article published here.