Katie Price‘s ex-fiancé Kris Boyson has told of his hopes that her recent drink-drive car crash was a ‘turning point in her life’.
The former glamour model, 43, pleaded guilty to drink driving, driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance after her horror crash on Tuesday.
And in a new interview, her former partner Kris, whom she split from in 2019, told how the crash could be deemed as a ‘blessing in disguise’, with the personal trainer detailing how she used alcohol to ‘self-meditate’ during tough times.
Speaking out: Katie Price’s ex-fiancé Kris Boyson has told of his hopes that her recent drink-drive car crash was a ‘turning point in her life’ (pictured together in 2018)
Kris told The Sun: ‘Kate has a great family around her that will hopefully help her with this. I just hope this can be the turning point for her now to change her life.
‘The crash was like a blessing in disguise because now hopefully she can get the help she needs.’
Amid his supportive words about his ex, who learned of Katie’s crash on the news, went on to detail how she used alcohol as a crutch in times of trouble.
He said: ‘Katie has been open before about how she self-medicates. It seems this is her coping mechanism for whatever is going on in her life. I just hope now for her sake, her kids’ sake and her family’s sake that she gets through this and comes back out on top.’
Troubled: The former glamour model, 43, pleaded guilty to drink driving, driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance after her horror crash on Tuesday (pictured in July)
Upon learning of her recent troubles, Kris admitted that he was immediately ‘concerned’ for both her welfare and her children’s, adding that he could relate to her mental health struggles as he’s battled with his own issues.
Noting how he’s been in a ‘similar position’ to Katie, a sympathetic Kris remarked that he understands how ‘lonely’ things get and how ‘hard’ it is to get out of a ‘rut’.
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Katie now faces jail after pleading guilty to three charges of drink driving, driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance at Crawley Magistrates Court.
Blessing: Kris, whom she split from in 2019, told how the crash could be deemed as a ‘blessing in disguise’, with the personal trainer detailing how she used alcohol to ‘self-meditate’ during tough times
Old times: Kris was previously engaged to mother-of-five Katie Price, with their pair getting engaged in July 2019, before separating four months later (Pictured in July 2018)
But prosecutors dropped a drug-driving charge in light of her guilty drink-driving plea. It came just days after family and friends rallied round her following her arrest.
Katie, who was already banned from driving, flipped her car on a country road at 6.20am near West Grinstead, close to her home.
After being rescued by a local resident, she was arrested on suspicion of driving while above the legal limit for alcohol and drugs – and tested positive for cocaine.
The model told police: ‘I was just going to my friend’s house. I know I shouldn’t. I’ve been banned four times. I took drugs. I should not be driving. I admit it all.’
Opinion: ‘Katie has been open before about how she self-medicates. It seems this is her coping mechanism for whatever is going on in her life’ (pictured together in 2018)
Katie could still face jail when she is sentenced in December, but checked into the Priory on Wednesday. The model has no driving licence after being disqualified for two years in October 2019 – and has been banned from the roads six times in total.
The three charges were using a motor vehicle on a public place without third party insurance; driving while unfit to drive through drink; and driving while disqualified. Price had been taken to hospital but is not thought to have been badly injured.
Katie’s fiancé Carl Woods posted a statement on his Instagram on Tuesday, saying ‘Katie is a rough diamond, she has her imperfections, however they make her perfect to me’.
Getting help: Katie checked into The Priory rehab clinic on Wednesday after flipping her car before dawn after an all-night bender (pictured in 2017)
The TV personality was told that her sentencing had been deferred for 11 weeks until December 15 to allow her to have treatment at The Priory and speak to the probation service.
Chair of the bench Julie Hutton told her she could leave but warned her against driving in the interim, saying: ‘You are free to go and good luck at the Priory.’
Ms Hutton then handed Price an interim driving ban, warning her: ‘We regularly send people to prison for driving whilst disqualified.’
A drugs wipe gave a positive reading for cocaine, prosecutor Debbie Jones said. But Joe Harrington, defending, added: ‘She has had a lot of personal problems recently.
‘Currently she is in the process of bankruptcy proceedings, so her house may be repossessed. So, quite a lot going on in this lady’s life, a really difficult period.’
Mr Harrington added that the driving was a ‘one-off’ incident. He said Katie had been at home and feeling lonely and decided to go to see a friend.
Worry: Upon learning of her recent troubles, Kris admitted that he was immediately ‘concerned’ for both her welfare and her children’s, adding that he could relate to her mental health struggles as he’s battled with his own issues (pictured in 2018)
The defence solicitor, who had asked magistrates to defer the sentencing for several weeks, said: ‘As I understand it, she had been drinking, she was lonely.
‘And she decided to go and see a friend who lived a relatively short distance away and that is when the incident happened.’
Mr Harrington said: ‘There was never any premeditation that she would drive the car. She was drinking, she was lonely and decided to go and see a friend who lived the shortest distance away.’
How The Priory’s former clients include Lily Allen, Johnny Depp and Amy Winehouse – and it costs around £6,800 a week
The Priory is one of the most famous mental health care providers in the world, known for treating A-list celebrities including Lily Allen, Johnny Depp, and Amy Winehouse at its flagship hospital in Roehampton, South West London.
Built in 1811 before being converted into a hospital in 1872, the group now has more than 500 sites across the country, with around 7,000 beds available.
The Priory’s flagship clinic in Roehampton
The Priory in Roehampton helps 90 patients at a time, and costs around £6,800 a week. Although their flagship hospital is extremely expensive, around 70 per cent of patients across their hospitals are referred by the NHS.
In 2016, The Priory was branded ‘unsafe’ in a devastating report by an official watchdog following a series of suicides and self-harming incidents by patients.
One of the rooms at The Priory Roehampton
That included the death of Stephen Bantoft, 49, who hanged himself less than three hours after checking into an acute psychiatric wing at the hospital.
He was the fourth apparent suicide in a Priory Group facility in as many years.
While on the journey. she lost control of the car and over compensated her steering and the car rolled onto its side. She was rescued by a local man named Mr Marchant.
Her roadside alcohol reading was 66 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath – which is nearly double the legal limit of 35 micrograms per 100 millilitres.
Mr Harrington said Katie – who used to be known as Jordan – had not meant to break her driving ban and was not flouting the ban by routinely driving around.
The court heard that Katie already had an appointment booked with The Priory at 1.30pm today which she had to break as she was in custody.
The solicitor said: ‘She says that she had a meeting with the Priory at 1.30pm. We’ve been in contact with them and she will go from here to there. She is going for an assessment. There is no reason why she wouldn’t be admitted to The Priory today.’
Mr Harrington described Katie as a successful businesswoman and mother, saying she was finding it hard to deal with being apart from her children and was lonely.
He said: ‘Harvey (her son) is in residential accommodation. It’s not been easy for her and she misses him greatly.’
Her other children Junior, Princess, Bunny and Jett are understood to be staying with their fathers Peter Andre and Kieran Hayler.
Mr Harrington added: ‘Obviously, Ms Price is a talented lady. She is a good businesswoman who has done well over the years but here we are.’
Katie appeared in the dock on Wednesday wearing a pink jumper, and spoke to one of the officers next to her while the two magistrates rose to consider their decision.
Chair of the bench Ms Hutton then handed Price an interim driving ban, warning her: ‘We regularly send people to prison for driving whilst disqualified.’
Katie was told that her sentence would be deferred on the condition that she have treatment at the Priory Centre and not commit any further offences.
She will also be banned from driving in the interim. Price was told she must also engage with the probation service so a report can be prepared.
It came despite Ms Jones telling the court: ‘I have been instructed to say the Crown are very concerned if she is allowed to walk out of court today.’
It comes after a source told MailOnline yesterday: ‘Katie is on a downward spiral. After an all-night bender. It’s a new low, even by her standards.’
Another source told the Daily Mirror: ‘Katie is a total mess at the moment. Her partying is out of control and has really ramped up over the last few weeks.’
It has been claimed that the former glamour model had been driving in a car that was given to her as a gift by Carl several weeks before the crash, The Sun reports.
A source said: ‘Katie was only given the car by Carl a month or so ago. She’ll be gutted it’s now written off. But the important thing is that she’s OK. It’s just a car.’
TV: Katie Price appeared with her sister Sophie Price on ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Monday
Price spent five weeks at The Priory last October and vowed this year to take regular drugs tests if anyone challenged her sobriety.
She previously said she had used cocaine in the past to ‘block things out’ because she ‘couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel’ due to her mental health issues.
This week, a photograph tweeted by a local police officer showed a damaged BMW lying on its side across both lanes, its front lodged in the hedgerow, after the crash.
A local said: ‘Luckily no other vehicles were involved in the crash and it happened away from houses. It sounds like the person behind the wheel is going to be OK.’
Price has experienced a turbulent year, and was recently seen with bruising to her face after an alleged assault at her home in Essex.
What he says: Her fiancé Carl Woods said on Instagram that he will ‘always be there’ for the ‘rough diamond’
A source said: ‘Katie rolled her car and was in a bad way when police arrived. She’s in hospital now and everyone is desperately worried about her.’
Driving while disqualified can result in a maximum sentence of 26 weeks in prison. It comes as Price’s family last night expressed fears for her mental health.
They said in a statement: ‘We have for some time been concerned about Kate’s wellbeing and overall mental health. Today our worst fears nearly came true.
‘As a family we have been and will continue to help Kate get the help she needs. We hope that she will realise that she cannot battle her issues alone.’
With Harvey: Katie told GMB of her pain that being disqualified from driving meant she could not visit son Harvey (pictured on September 9) at his residential college
The smash came a day after Katie said being disqualified from driving meant she could not visit her disabled son Harvey at his residential college in Gloucestershire.
She told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: ‘Harvey’s in Cheltenham now, he keeps ringing me saying, ‘Mummy I miss you, I need your kisses and cuddles’, so it is quite hard.
‘Because obviously I don’t get my licence back until December, so I can’t just whizz in the car down there and it’s not close.’
Her fiancé Carl Woods said he will ‘always be there’ for the ‘rough diamond’, writing on Instagram yesterday: ‘Relationships are tested, people test each other.
‘But when you love someone like I love Katie, you enjoy the highs and good times together. And that bond is tested during the low and difficult times together.
‘Katie is a rough diamond. She has her imperfections however they make her perfect to me. She just needs that extra help to be polished.
‘The sunlight will shine through her once again and the sparkles that she brings to everyone will return. I love you Katie 100%. My dolly, always here, always will be.’
Proceedings: Police officers stood outside Crawley Magistrates’ Court where Katie appeared