‘It’s like a blessing in disguise’: Katie Price’s ex Kris Boyson hopes drink-drive crash is a ‘turning point in her life’ as he details how star used alcohol to ‘self-meditate’ during tough times
- The personal trainer and mother-of-five Katie Price got engaged in July 2019, but ended their relationship four months later
- Katie was charged with driving while disqualified and without insurance following a crash near West Grinstead on Tuesday
- Katie said: ‘I took drugs, I should not be driving, I admit it all’ after flipping BMW on road near Sussex home
- Mother-of-five has no driving licence after being banned from the road for two years in 2019
- Katie faces jail after pleading guilty to three charges of drink driving, driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance at Crawley Magistrates Court
Katie Price’s ex-fiancé Kris Boyson has told of his hopes 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.’
The personal trainer and Katie met in May 2018 and got engaged in July 2019, but ended their relationship four months later.
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.
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)
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.’
Upon learning of her recent troubles, Kris admitted 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’.
MailOnline have contacted Katie’s representatives for comment.
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
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.
Katie’s roadside alcohol reading was 66 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath – which is nearly double the legal limit of 35 micrograms per 100 millilitres.
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.’
Old times: Kris was previously engaged to mother-of-five Katie, with their pair getting engaged in July 2019, before separating four months later (Pictured in July 2018)
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’.
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.’
It comes after a source told MailOnline: ‘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.
TV: Katie Price appeared with her sister Sophie Price on ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Monday
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.’
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’
It comes as Katie’s family 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
Proceedings: Police officers stood outside Crawley Magistrates’ Court where Katie appeared
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