Katie Price is going through a tough time at the moment. Earlier today, the former glamour model had to be helped out of the Loose Women studio after she broke down while discussing her mother’s terminal illness.
Her mum, Amy, is suffering from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis – the same lung disease that killed Keith Chegwin.
And it’s now been reported that mum-of-five Katie is “gutted” because two of her kids won’t be at home for what could be their nan’s last Christmas.
Junior, 12, and Princess, ten, will be spending the festive period with their dad Peter Andre, his wife Emily MacDonagh and the couple’s two young children Amelia and Theo.
Katie and Peter – who were married from 2005 to 2009 – take it in turns to have their two kids for Christmas, and this year it’s Peter’s turn.
But Katie, 39, has revealed that she’s devastated by the timing, with her mum’s condition worsening.
She told Reveal magazine: “This could be my mum’s last Christmas, and Princess and Junior won’t be there. I’m gutted.
“We don’t have Junior and Princess because they share it with their dad, so it won’t be as exciting as usual.
“I wish we could share Christmas Day with them. But it’s one year with him, the other with me.”
Amy was the subject of a poignant tribute posted by Katie to her Instagram page today.
And the stress caused by her mum’s condition got the better of the star as she showed up on Loose Women today.
A tearful Katie told her fellow panellists: “The thing is, my mum is going to die, I just don’t want her to die.
“She’s getting worse – she’s having to sell her house now because she can’t get up.”
And as she struggled to contain her emotions, she had to be helped from the studio by security guards.
Back in 2013, Katie hit out at Peter on Twitter, claiming that the singer had refused to let her spend any time with Junior and Princess that Christmas.
She scathed: “What kind of Dad doesn’t let their children see their mum not even 1day over Christmas when the children want 2 c their mum #fakefamilyman.”
And she later added: “I HATE him so much. I wish people knew what he is really like!”