Katie Price welcomed her first child Harvey in May 2002, but was left to raise him alone after she was dumped by his father, former footballer Dwight Yorke. Despite her son’s health problems, the duo have enjoyed a close relationship
Katie Price has had a turbulent few months but her love for her 19-year-old son Harvey has never faltered.
The former glamour girl raised her son alone after splitting from his dad, former footballer Dwight Yorke, and during those years together, Katie and Harvey laid the foundations for their incredibly close relationship.
The former glamour model, who is also mum to Junior, 15, Princess, 13, Jett, seven, and Bunny, six, is gearing up to release a tell-all book about her mother-son bond with Harvey, titled Katie Price: Harvey and Me.
The star will discuss details about her eldest child’s medical conditions, and his relationship with his siblings, as well as what the future holds for Harvey.
Their story began in May 2002, when Katie became a first time mum, and her bubble of happiness was burst by former footballer Dwight Yorke, who walked away from her and his son.
Katie fell pregnant during their whirlwind romance, and when Harvey was born, the ex-Manchester United star demanded a paternity test was carried out to determine if he was the father.
Harvey has been diagnosed with a series of long-term medical conditions, including diabetes, Septo-optic dysplasia, and rare genetic disorder Prader-Willi Syndrome, and the author has been vocal about her disappointment after Dwight left.
“For me, it’s impossible to understand why a little boy’s dad wouldn’t make contact after being sent snaps of his son opening his birthday presents, learning swing ball, or giggling his head off on a quad bike.
“They are such precious moments,” she previously said about Dwight, who she branded a “coward” for missing out on his son’s life.
Katie has been a staunch defender of her son, and in 2007, she took action against Heat magazine, when they published a derogatory sticker that made fun of Harvey.
The sticker showed her son, then aged five, with the caption: “Harvey wants to eat me”.
The magazine later issued an apology, and Katie dropped her complaint against the popular publication.
In 2015, Harvey hit the headlines once again when Katie revealed during her stint on Celebrity Big Brother she could be forced to pay out more than £1,000 a day to take her son to and from his special school.
She said the local council picked up the bill for driving Harvey to his school in south London, but if she had to fund it herself, it would cost more than £30,000 a month.
Katie has candidly shared details of her relationship with Harvey over the years, and in 2016, the author and TV star said she was struggling to control her son’s appetite.
“He never knows when he’s full up, he’ll do anything he can to feed himself. At the table you’d think he’d never eaten,” she said during an appearance on Loose Women.
But Katie’s job as mother and protector of her kids got harder just a few years later, as she admitted it was becoming difficult to deal with Harvey’s tantrums.
She sadly revealed her other children – Junior and Princess, who she shares with ex-husband Peter Andre, and Jett and Bunny with Kieran Hayler – were scared of their big brother lashing out.
“When he’s smashing things, the kids are scared because he’s big. It’s so hard,” she told the Victoria Derbyshire Show in 2019. “I’ve never had respite, I haven’t had a carer, I do it all myself but I’m really having to think about it.
“I hate it because he’s my life,” a visibly emotional Katie confessed, adding that Harvey “just wants to be with me all the time”.
The mum-of-five bravely documented her journey to find a residential college for Harvey in the record-breaking BBC documentary Katie Price: Harvey and Me, which was praised for highlighting the struggles of parents to disabled children.
Her unwavering love for her son was obvious in the programme, and a follow-up to their heartwarming story was announced, titled Katie Price: What Harvey Did Next, with cameras following the mother and son through six months of Harvey’s life.
However, that was reportedly scrapped recently.
It’s not been an easy journey for Katie, as even simple things, such as trying to set up an Instagram account for Harvey, has been difficult.
She campaigned to introduce Harvey’s Law, which aims to introduce tougher action against trolls, after her son was the victim of vile abuse online.
Katie is still pushing for support, and wants to create a national register of trolls to name and shame the worst offenders, as she tries to fight for justice for her son.
The multi-talented entrepreneur hopes her new book will help other parents, and wants to educate people on what life is like with her “incredible” son Harvey.
“A mother son bond that goes beyond the everyday ‘normal’. Harvey is a one in 100 million – I am blessed to have him in my life,” the 43-year-old stated.
“I hope to bring love, encouragement and support. I want to educate parents and others, with a few good belly laughs, by giving an insight into what my world with Harvey is like behind closed doors,” Katie added.
Katie Price: Harvey and Me is out on 26 October.
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