Katie Price has defended her decision to put her son Harvey into the spotlight – almost a week after vowing to be his ‘voice’ in her fight to make online trolling illegal.
The former glamour model said she is ‘proud’ to show her son – who is partially blind, autistic and has Prader-Willi syndrome – off on TV, even claiming she is no different to any other parent.
‘Everyone else puts their kids up there, just because of my job, I’m proud and especially with Harvey because of his special needs and stuff,’ she told RTE’s Ray D’Arcy.
Katie, who often shares videos of Harvey on Instagram and has appeared with him on Loose Women, admitted she hopes that drawing attention to him will also help parents in similar situations who may feel ’embarrassed’ by their own children who suffer with disabilities.
She added: ‘There’s so many women out there, mums and single parents, who don’t know how to cope with it or they hide away as if they might be embarrassed or ashamed because they don’t want to go out with them because people stare at them.
‘I’m not ashamed of Harvey, I love him to bits. I want to show how good he is and how he’s come from doctors saying he wouldn’t walk, talk, but he does everything and everyone absolutely loves Harvey’.
Katie also addressed her visit to parliament last week, which saw her campaign to make online trolling illegal backed by MPs, revealing that nothing else in her career has come close to that moment.
‘People can knock me all they like but for 25 years, whether I’ve been a glamour model or not, the best thing for me out of everything is being able to have the power to get that many signatures to be able to go to the government to try and have a law in place to stop online abuse,’ she added.
‘I don’t care about anything else in my career, that’s important.’