The TV star told Loose Women viewers of her shocking experience

Katie Price is no stranger to opening up on personal issues in front of the public eye.

However, instead of stories about her life with husband Kieran Hayler, or tales of motherhood, it’s more rare to hear about more harrowing issues, like her experiences of sexual abuse.

And she spoke out on a particularly tough subject on Wednesday (8th February): the assault she suffered at the tender age of seven, and how it led to her career as a glamour model.

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Katie, 38, opened up on the tragic event for the first time on Loose Women, as part of their Never Too Late To Tell segment, encouraging survivors of any age to speak out. Addressing her fellow panellists, the TV star said:

‘I was seven years old in a park in Hove, it was just some weirdo.

‘I’ve been abused and raped since then, but I’m not going to say who or what or whatever.’

Ruth Langsford, Saira Khan, Karen Danczuk, Katie Price and Janet Street-Porter (Photo: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Though this is the first time she’s elaborated on the event, Katie previously mentioned the abuse on an episode of Piers Morgan’s Life Stories. When a clip was played from the original interview, showing her in tears, Katie confessed: ‘I say it hasn’t affected me, but deep down it must’ve.’

Interestingly, she then went on to hint that this traumatic event inspired her to pursue jobs as a Page 3 model as a means of being in control of male attention:

‘I was training to be a nurse, and then I got offered the chance to do glamour modelling.

‘I think it was because you’re being sexy but men can’t look or touch. It’s all about control.’

Fair enough, Katie!