Junior, 11, and Princess, 9 got acquainted with the gym last week

By now, it’s pretty common knowledge that Katie Price‘s Instagram posts involving her children can rub some of her more sensitive followers the wrong way.

However, it seems as if this quality has rubbed off on her ex-husband too, as Peter Andre recently faced the concern of his fans with a fitness post of his eldest kids – and now, he’s spoken out in defence of himself.

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Last week, Pete landed himself in some hot water with his fans after posting a video to social media, showing Junior, 11, and nine-year-old Princess having fun with him at the gym.

While some found it endearing that the kids are learning about fitness with their father, others stated that they were too young – particularly Junior, who can be seen lifting weights. And this week, the TV star has defended his choice to let them ‘train’ with him.

‘First of all, the weights Junior was lifting were featherweight, and I was there with him the whole time,’ he began in his column.

‘Of course I wouldn’t let him lift anything heavy! And Bista [Princess] was just skipping and dancing to music.’

‘I was in the gym at 11, 12 years old too,’ he continued his reasoning in new! magazine, before expressing to readers how active his children are in the first place. ‘One minute they’re running around in the garden, the next they’re running around the garden, the next day they’re taking over my gym.

‘We like keeping fit together – it’s just a bit of fun. Relax, people!’


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Some of Peter’s followers had been quite vocal about their surprise at the young ages his children have shown enthusiasm for fitness.

‘Don’t really think the gym is the place for an 11year old,’ one Instagram user wrote alongside the video, whilst another added: ‘as long as they don’t grow up completely paranoid about having ‘perfect’ bodies !’

‘I try to do the whole fitness being healthy [thing],’ he explained his stance on exercise and body image on Loose Women last summer.

‘But I would never walk around with my shirt off. I do it for a calendar and get prepared for it, it keeps me in check, but that’s a good point. Is it showing the right example?’

It’s clear that Peter’s merely hoping for his kids to have a healthy outlook on life – and there’s nothing wrong with that, right?