Since it looks like their split wasn’t a publicity stunt after all, the big question is: who are you supporting, Katie or Peter?
It looks like a clear-cut case – the nation’s tabloids have hailed Andre as ‘Saint Peter’, while they’ve dropped back to calling Katie ‘Jordan’ again. It’s hardly a stretch, since she’s reverted to Jordan-type behaviour, all crotch and boobs and falling out of nightclubs.
The case for Peter Andre is pretty clear-cut: hard working, down-at-heel husband, devoted family man. Their marriage has been documented by a fly on the wall reality TV series for years. Katie has been seen sniping at Peter for years, and any bickering he does is mostly reactive to her tirades.
On the other hand, I feel a tiny bit of sympathy for Katie in all of this. She’s trapped in this Jeckyll and Hyde persona and seemingly incapable of putting on a facade of decency for the inevitable custody battle. It seems that ‘Katie’ came to the surface when she hooked up with Andre after I’m A Celebrity. And as soon as the marriage broke up, she reverted back to the comfort of ‘Jordan’, almost as if it was some kind of emotional armour.
However, one journalist made a shockingly good point last week when she noted that Jodie Marsh was virtually Martha Stewart by comparison. While Katie is still a young woman, no-one wants to see their mother’s gusset splashed across the tabloids in the newsstands. Perhaps their kids are too young now, but her behaviour as ‘Jordan’ is embarrassing.
On the other hand, Peter is behaving honourably, being discreet with the press but not freezing them out altogether. He’s had the quieter career to date, but is in a prime position for the release of his new single and album. Public goodwill toward him is at an all-time high, and he’s finally stepping out of his wife’s shadow.
So for me, I’m Team Andre, but with a little more sympathy for little Miss Price. Are you taking sides?