Now’s Editor At Large Dan Wootton reveals his close friend Peter Andre’s secret pain
For Peter Andre, this should be a time of celebration – the proud dad is turning 40 on 27 February with a new woman by his side and his sex-symbol status very much intact.
However, once again, his bitter ex-wife Katie Price appears to be doing all she can to ruin the festivities.
Pete‘s still in mourning for his beloved brother Andrew, 54, who died in December after a battle with kidney cancer.
But now he’s being confronted with the fact that Jordan‘s third hubby Kieran Hayler – a stripper who she’d been with for a matter of weeks before marrying him – is making a very public attempt to become a ‘father figure’ to his two children, Junior, seven, and Princess, five.
Last week, the singer was left ‘heartbroken and fuming’ when Kieran Tweeted a picture, believed to have been taken by Jordan, 34, of him cooking with the kids.
It was captioned: ‘Pancakes with the family!!!!!!!!’
A source close to Peter tells Dan Wootton: ‘Katie knows it was something that’d hurt Pete more than anything else in the world.
‘He’s done everything he can to protect his children from her various blokes.
‘To him, this is sickening.
‘How on earth can Kieran say Junior and Princess are family after just a few weeks of knowing them?
‘He doesn’t understand why Katie can’t let him just be happy.’
Jordan‘s rep declined to comment.
Read more about Peter Andre and Katie Price in Now magazine dated 25 February 2013 – out now!