Katie Price's ex boyfriend Kris Boyson says 'I hope crash can be turning point for her to change her life'
KATIE Price’s ex-fiancé Kris Boyson says he believes the star can turn her life around after her drink-drive crash.
The TV personality, 43, rolled her car earlier this week — and later pleaded guilty to drink-driving, driving while disqualified, and without insurance.
She has been warned she could go to jail when sentenced on December 15.
Former model Katie is now in rehab following Tuesday’s smash.
Personal trainer Kris, who dated her for two years until 2019, said: “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.”
Katie was admitted to The Priory the day after the crash near Partridge Green, West Sussex, and will remain there for a month as she continues to get help.
Last year she admitted she’d been having regular drug tests to prove that she was clean to ex-husband Peter Andre, 48, with whom she has kids Junior, 16, and Princess, 14.
Kris lived with Katie and her children including Harvey, 18, during their relationship. He said Katie appeared to use alcohol as a crutch.
Speaking for the first time since their amicable split, 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.”
Kris learned about the crash on the news and said while he was immediately concerned for Katie, he now hopes this will serve as a wake-up call.
He added: “I was worried about her health, her mental wellbeing and the kids first of all.
“As an advocate of mental health of course it really worries me, I am concerned for her wellbeing.
“I’ve had a huge journey struggling with my mental health when I was younger and I know how bad it can be and how lonely it can feel.
“I have been in a similar position to her and it is hard to get out of that rut.”
At Crawley magistrates court, West Sussex, on Wednesday, Katie’s solicitor Joe Harrington said the model, worth £45million at the height of her fame, had been going through a difficult period.
Speaking in court he said: “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.”
Speaking from his home, Kris went on to say how he hoped Katie would remove herself from her circles and start afresh with her family.
He continued: “In this industry all of us know people who are in it for one thing — fame.
“We all know people we worry about and don’t trust.
“I think she needs to concentrate on her family and do what her family tells her.
“Katie needs to let her family help her out of this rut rather than her friends.”
Asked how he thought Katie would be coping after going into rehab for a month, Kris added: “It’s hard for any parent to be away from their kids but unfortunately this is the journey she has to take to get her back on her feet.”
In a statement on Tuesday, Katie’s family said they had hoped she could now get the help she needed.
They wrote: “As a family 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.”
Yesterday it was revealed Katie will not be returning to her £1.3million Sussex mansion following rehab. She had been renovating the home, which she is convinced is haunted, and was set to document her progress on a TV show.
Instead she will stay with mum Amy, 69, and stepdad Paul.
A source said: “They want her to move in so they can support her.
“Katie can’t go back to the house now. It’s a wreck and it’s bad for her mental health living there.”
Meanwhile lawyer Nick Freeman — who successfully defended her when she was accused of using a mobile while driving in 2010 — believes she will be given a lenient sentence.
He said yesterday: “I think the courts will give her a probation order or some sort of community penalty. It will be to help her help herself and give her the level of support that she needs.”
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