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Katie Price has said she is “deeply sorry” for comments she made about her experience with being in a wheelchair.
The 42 year old star has received backlash from the disabled community after she opened up about her mental health after breaking both feet while on holiday in Turkey.
Katie’s representative has apologised on behalf of the model and told OK! online: “Katie never intended to cause any offence.”
Katie, who recently admitted she is going to miss son Harvey as he returned to school, revealed she is seeking help from The Priory for her anxiety and self-esteem issues after breaking both her feet after jumping over a wall at an amusement park.
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Katie had opened up about her mental health after her injury and told The Sun: “Everything has hit me so hard, not only am I in a wheelchair but I have to learn to walk again and I’m disabled. It’s humiliating.
“I feel so embarrassed being pushed around. People treat me differently and I don’t know why my boyfriend stays with me.”
Katie later said: “I feel like saying, ‘No, I just broke my feet, you don’t need to give me the extra attention. It’s fine’.
“And I feel sorry for Carl because he’s such a 6ft 2in, handsome, gorgeous man, and I bet people look him and think, ‘Look at you having to push her around in a wheelchair’.
“I look at the reflection in the shop windows, it’s demoralising, the heartbreak.”
After sharing her personal experience and how it has affected her mental health, some people were left offended by her words and took to Twitter to share their frustration.
One wrote: “As mother to a disabled child, Katie Price should be utterly ashamed of herself. People wonder why disabled people struggle to get on and feel confident in themselves. Her comments explain precisely why – disability is a social concept and she of all people should know better.”
Another added: “People treat me differently', welcome to our world. Also, it's not humiliating to be disabled. It might be hard, just deal with it, that's what we have to do when we don't have full support from the government and can't have access to everything an able bodied person can.”
While a third said: “The comments that Katie Price is making surrounding her recent accident and subsequent wheelchair use are not only extremely hurtful but reinforce society’s belief that being disabled is a bad, ugly and shameful thing.”
Other social media users defended the mum-of-five as one wrote: “But it's also the reality of how many people feel in the initial stages of coping with an acquired disability. Being disabled isnt humiliating. But being newly disabled can feel humiliating, and help and support is needed rather than invalidating those very real emotions.” [sic]
Another added: “The disability community seems quite angry with this. But as a disabled person quite new to using a wheelchair, I really relate to what @KatiePrice is saying. I’d love it if the community accepted those of us who find our disabilities difficult. These feelings are valid.”
Katie's representative added to Mirror Online: “Katie herself is deeply sorry that her words in a recent interview have been taken out of her own personal account.
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“Katie was was not relating to anyone else but herself, her own feelings, expressing her personal feelings on her horrific accident not in or about or aimed at those in wheelchairs or disabled, this was an account of her own feelings.
“Katie asks that those she has unwittingly offended grant her forgiveness as she never intended her words to be taken or dreamed to be offensive or detrimental in any way and is sorry for any upset caused as they were never intended to be taken in this way.”
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