Katie Price has recalled reaching a ‘crisis point’ with her son Harvey, after the teen kept smashing car windows to avoid being away from his mother.
This week Katie announced 18-year-old Harvey would be heading to residential college, with his challenges and their close bond to be covered in upcoming BBC documentary, Harvey And Me.
The teen suffers from a number of conditions including autism, partial blindness and Prader-Willi syndrome – which is a genetic disorder that affects his development and appetite.
Speaking about her son yesterday on BBC Woman’s Hour, Katie revealed she made the decision because she was no longer able to ignore Harvey’s destructive behaviour.
On the Radio 4 show she said: ‘The crisis point was the point that my windows were getting smashed every morning because he wanted to be with me all time.
‘He knew, because he was big and strong, that he’d smash a window and then the driver wouldn’t have him in the car because he’d go and smash the windscreen of the car, or he’d start attacking the driver.
‘He’d do that because he knew if he did that, he’d be at home with me because they wouldn’t take him to school. It was getting to the point, he’d be waking the kids up all the time…it was a danger to him, and it’s not fair on the kids.’
And Katie – who said she initally didn’t want Harvey to go residential, but has been praised for the tough decision – thinks it will benefit her younger children, Junior, 15, Princess, 13, Jett, seven, and Bunny, six, if Harvey is away for most of the week as they’ll be able to sleep soundly.
She said: ‘He wakes everyone up at night – that’s part of his condition, it’s always disturbed sleep. In the morning it looks like he’s had a party for one. He raids cupboards to find whatever food he can find, if he gets agitated he might bang a hole in the wall, then he’ll wet the bed. These are all constant stuff I’ve not spoken about.’
Katie admitted caring for the teenager – whose biological father is Dwight Yorke – is challenging but rewarding and she insisted she ‘would not change Harvey for anything’.
Opening up on the decision to place Harvey into college where he could potentially live until the age of 25, she previously told The Sun: ‘This is his chance to live an independent life, learn skills and socialise with people other than me.’
Katie and the family are still deciding on facilities for Harvey, which has been made more difficult by the pandemic, but previously hoped he can start his new school in September.
Katie Price: Harvey and Me airs Monday January 25 at 8.30pm on BBC One.