Sunday, July 26, 2009

Price 'flattered' by fan support!

Katie Price being interviewed at Selfridges
Price has said it was Peter Andre's decision to end their marriage

By Fiona Pryor
Entertainment reporter, BBC News

Dressed in a sequinned leotard, complete with tutu and not one but two crowns, Katie Price knows how to turn heads.

The former glamour model turns up to a London store flanked by four semi-naked male models to sign copies of her latest novel, Sapphire.

"It's unbelievable how many people are here," says Price.

"It's really flattering," adds the relieved 31-year-old, who had earlier told BBC Radio 1 she was worried no one would turn up.

"It just goes to show I still have fans out there who don't believe what they read in the papers."

Security is tight, with hundreds of people jostling to get a glimpse of the reality TV star.

At one point the crowd surges forward, causing a couple of children to fall to the ground.

One member of staff claims they have never seen it so busy at a book signing event.

Price: "I would never trust a man"

Media interest is at an all-time high too, with journalists desperate to ask Price about the recent breakdown of her marriage to pop singer Peter Andre.

"It's sad. We've got children, it was a fairy-tale wedding and marriage, and I didn't want it to end," says Price.

The couple, who met on ITV1 show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! in 2004, announced their split in May.

They have been married for three-and-a-half years and have two children together.

Within days of the announcement Price made it clear it was Andre who had asked for a divorce, not her.

In recent months Price claims she has been "battered" by the press over the way she has dealt with the break-up of her marriage.

Pictures of her clubbing in Ibiza were splashed across the tabloids.

Katie Price and Peter Andre
It's sad. We've got children, it was a fairy-tale wedding and marriage, and I didn't want it to end
Katie Price

On her return the star gave a TV interview to former tabloid editor Piers Morgan, in which she revealed she had a miscarriage shortly before Andre asked for a divorce.

Despite all the negative press, though, Marie Wilson, 35, says she is still a massive fan.

"I love Katie Price because she reminds me of me," she tells the BBC at the London book launch.

"Today has shown, despite the media backlash, she is still loved. Look at the turn-out."

Ms Wilson took her 17-year-old daughter along to meet Price and says she is a great role model.

"She's got good business sense, she doesn't take any rubbish from guys and she's beautiful.

"Who cares about the boob jobs? I was contemplating getting one, it's not a big deal - look where it's got her."

Angela, who declined to give her surname, claims she used to look after Price and says she has been unfairly treated.

"I think she's a great girl. I feel sorry for her, she's really heart-broken."

Despite spending a large amount of their married life in front of the cameras for their ITV2 reality show, Angela reckons both Price and Andre "absolutely" deserve a private life.

Some publications since have suggested Price's reinvention from glamour model Jordan to wife and mother is now over and that fans are turning against her.

If the crowds at Selfridges on Thursday are anything to go by, though, she still has a strong following.

BBC NEWS REPORT.

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