Katie Price hits back at online abuse over putting Harvey into care

Katie leaving BBC studios with son Harvey in London on Wednesday (Getty Images).
Katie leaving BBC studios with son Harvey in London on Wednesday (Getty Images).

Katie Price has hit back at online trolls who criticised her for considering putting her disabled son Harvey into residential care.

Price, 40, appeared on BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire on Wednesday with Harvey, 16, and said she may have to put him into a care home as he was becoming a danger to himself.

And while she received praise from many viewers for her openness on the controversial topic, she was still inundated with negative comments across social media.

Many trolls accused Price of wanting to ‘get rid’ of Harvey and replace him, especially as she’d recently said she plans to adopt a Nigerian baby.

However, Price defiantly hit back at the negativity on Instagram, by sharing a video of her talking to Harvey on their car journey home following the BBC Two interview.

Clearly justifying herself against the influx of negative responses, Price went on to post a lengthy comment on the video.

The former glamour model wrote: “I’ve never exposed Harvey kicking off and when his behaviour is very challenging so if people knew how difficult it is you would certainly shut your mouth and think twice judging me!”

“Harvey is my total life and NOBODY knows how much I love him and what amazing bond we have! It takes a special person to care and look after a person with complex needs so frankly I suggest go and help in a care home kids school with complex needs elderly and then comment what’s its like x.”

In the interview with Derbyshire, Price said that Harvey had become too strong for her to handle, and that he often scared her other four children.

She also said he had smashed various items in their houses out of frustration and would sometimes refuse to go to school.

“He’s missing out on his education, he just wants to be with me all the time.

“It’s so hard. I’ve never had respite, I do it all myself. But I’m really having to think about it. I hate it because he’s my life. I’ve got to do what’s best for him, but it won’t be forever.

“When he’s smashing things and the kids are scared because he’s big, he’ll chase them and stuff, I’ve just go to do it for him,” she said.

Price with Harvey while campaigning for ‘Harvey’s Law’ (PA Images)
Price with Harvey while campaigning for ‘Harvey’s Law’ (PA Images)

She is also campaigning for ‘Harvey’s Law,’ a law that would prevent bullying online. She claims that many MPs have gotten behind it, and also says she hopes her exes Kieran Hayler and Peter Andre will support it.

Harvey now has an Instagram account, which his mother runs for him. She came under fire from critics, who said she was encouraging online bullying by creating an account for him.

But her representative slammed the backlash and released in a statement: ‘Harvey is a 16-year-old boy who wants his own Instagram. Why should he be stopped by all the haters and trolls?”

“This is exactly why Katie is battling for Harvey’s Law- to stop this! Able-bodied 16-year-old boys have Instagram so what is the exception for Harvey?

“His friends at school, his family and his brother [Junior Andre] are all on Instagram and he wants his own account to post things he loves. Why should he be stopped?”

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