Katie Price leans on former pal and fellow single mum Kerry Katona as she finally dumps love rat Kieran Hayler
Despite the fact the couple have kept fans guessing as to whether she’s forgiven him for cheating again with their nanny, Nikki Brown, back in December, or if their relationship is on the rocks, Now can exclusively reveal that the mum-of-five has finally left him – and she’s enlisted the help of a very familiar face to do so.
According to our source, the glamour model’s close pal, original bridesmaid and former ‘frenemy’ Kerry Katona, who is also going through a divorce with estranged husband George Kay, has taken Katie under her wing.
‘Kate has cast Kieran off for good and is rallying around her close friends in preparation for the fallout,’ our insider says. ‘Kerry is one of the only people who gets her. She would never judge her for walking away from a toxic relationship.’
Despite trying to give their five-year marriage another go for the sake of their children, we’re told Katie, 39, has booted Kieran, 31, out after reaching boiling point. And now, she’s openly telling friends to ‘roll on the good times’ with her longest friends, like Kerry.
‘A woman stays with a man and takes s**t because she wants to keep her kids’ lives as normal as possible and keep them as a family unit,’ our source says. ‘But, there comes a point when it becomes toxic and dangerous and this is where Kate is at with Kieran now. She hates him.’
Having split from George last year, Kerry, 37, has spent the past 10 months focusing on herself – transforming her body in the process – and she’s ready to help Katie ‘embrace the single life’.
Proving that she’s doing just that, Katie has been hanging out with hunky (and single) Love Island star, Rykard Jenkins, just days after she was spotted sunbathing topless with juice retreat owner Jason Vale.
Our insider explains, ‘Kate has hit rock bottom and wants to focus on rebuilding herself and her self-esteem.’
Between both of them, the women have 10 children – and it’s something they’ve always shared a close bond over.
They call themselves sisters separated at birth – unlucky in love, but lucky to have their amazing babies,’ our insider reveals.
But, while it looks to an outsider that the former I’m a Celeb… campmates are back on good terms after years of feuding, our insider admits Katie is still wary of Kerry.
‘Kate isn’t sure she can trust Kerry not to cash in on her fame,’ the insider reveals. ‘She says they’ll be frenemies forever, but one thing she is pleased about is Kieran saying Kerry is the only woman he wouldn’t sleep with – not that it matters now.’
Despite this, our source insists Katie’s really struggling to cope at the moment and, although she seems a tough cookie to crack, there are high hopes Kerry can work some magic.
‘She isn’t as hard-skinned as she comes across. She bleeds like the rest of us,’ the pal confesses. ‘Kieran has driven her to lose it and she feels like Kerry can help bring her back to her best.’
We really hope so!