Who exactly is Jane Pountney, the woman caught up in Katie Price's divorce claims?
As our columnist Katie Price announces her devastating claims that she believes her husband of 16 months, Kieran Hayler, has been having an affair with her ‘best friend’ Jane Pountney, we answer the questions about who exactly is Jane and how close is she to Katie?
1. They’ve been BFFs for years
Jane, 48, has been friends with Katie for over 20 years, from when Katie was just 15 years old. And she’s not just an acquaintance – it seems the pair were really tight. Jane was a bridesmaid at Katie‘s wedding to Kieran in the Bahamas and was thought to be in Las Vegas when Katie married Alex Reid back in 2010. Often appearing in Twitter pictures and even on the red carpet alongside Katie, it appears that Jane has been at her side during the highs and lows of Katie‘s turbulent life.
2. She’s married with kids
Jane is married to 52-year-old Derrick Pountney and has two children. The two families were pictured out together in February when they attended a premiere of Lego The Movie in Leicester Square and Jane is also believed to have joined Katie on family holidays, as well as a girls’ trip abroad with Michelle Heaton in 2012, so has been a regular fixture in Katie‘s close circle of friends for a number of years.
3. She’s not a celebrity
Jane used to work as a dancer but is now a Managing Director of Pountney Tyres Ltd, a company owned by her husband.
4. She’s a party animal
Katie described Jane and Derrick in one of her autobiographies as ‘the most supportive friends and loyal friends I could ever have,’ and described them as ‘party animals’. The couple were pictured out with Katie, Kieran and a group of friends having a meal at Steam & Rye on Valentines Day.
5. Katie went straight to her house for a ‘showdown’
Jane has made no comment about the claims yet, but Katie was pictured arriving at the house she shares with husband Derrick in West Chiltington in Sussex earlier today. Kieran also arrived at the house, leaving shortly afterwards.
Jane Pountney‘s husband Derrick said: ‘A lot of this drama has been a storm in a teacup and there’s a lot of
misunderstandings to sort out.
‘There has not been a “full blown” affair
going on, it was more like a drunken kiss.’
On Friday 9 May Derrick Pountney then said in a statement: ‘It is true that Jane and Kieran Hayler had an affair. This is something that Jane deeply regrets and we will not provide any more details about it. It is true that Kate found out about this affair on Wednesday 7 March 2014.
‘Current reports regarding this being “a storm in a teacup” and the affair being a “drunken kiss” do not accurately reflect the situation. Those remarks should not be used to undermine Kate’s account which we accept is accurate.’