Katie Price says her sister Sophie is the ‘fiery one’ her in family as they launch new project
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It’s lovely to see Katie Price and her younger sister Sophie enjoying some quality time together at our exclusive shoot in Essex for new magazine.
The pair are joined by Sophie’s three-month-old son Albert, who she tenderly cradles as we sit. and chat. It’s certainly a family affair for the duo as they celebrate their latest business venture.
The siblings are launching their tots’ clothing company, Little Pricey, which caters for babies up to the age of 18 months. The collection will feature a mix of sleepsuits, blankets and pyjamas.
“When I first had Harvey I dressed him in Nike trainers, tracksuits and jeans, but when they’re newborn they want to be comfy in babygros and loose clothes,” Katie, 43, tells us.
“So that’s why we thought we’d do this collection. There’s different colours, it’s affordable, and it has our logo on, which is really cute.”
“It’s sustainable, too,” Sophie, 31, adds.
As well as the sisters’ work, we also discuss plans for more babies. Sophie, who shares adorable Albert with partner Harry Brooks, tells us she hopes to add another little one to her fold next year, while Katie, who’s engaged to Carl Woods, reveals she’s always broody and will use a surrogate next time round.
“I’ll just keep going and going,” she tells us.
It’s nice to see Katie, who is mum to five children – Harvey, 19, Junior, 16, Princess, 14, Jett, eight, and seven-year-old Bunny – in such high spirits, considering the circumstances. Just days before our shoot, Katie was the victim of an alleged attack which required her to receive hospital treatment for a facial injury.
A 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault, theft and coercive and controlling behaviour.
But as ever, Katie remains stoical, and when we natter in the garden it’s clear she’s staying strong and focusing on the future.
Here, we talk to Katie and Sophie about working together, their differences and similarities, and why Katie feels in such a good place after her stint in the Priory for severe trauma rehabilitation in 2019.
Hi guys. Katie, how are you feeling after everything that’s happened recently?
Katie: I’m a strong woman and I’m looking forward to the future.
We love this sisterly collaboration. Is it important for you to be a role model for strong women in business?
Katie: Well, you know me, we come from a strong family and whether you’re a man or a woman, it’s equal. We’ve both got a good work ethic. Sophie’s the geeky one – she’s good with computers and organising whereas I like the creative side.
Sophie: I’m more the admin side.
Katie: It’s a good combination. There’s not loads of people getting involved, it’s just me and Soph. We do it all ourselves and have fun.
Tell us all about your babies’ clothing collection…
Sophie: It’s for babies up to 18 months and it’s going to be jersey wear, really comfortable babygros, cosy blankets and pyjamas. Then, as the collection gets bigger, we’ll look to do more little outfits and bits like that.
Katie: Obviously we’ve both had babies and comfort is the thing.
Sounds great, girls!
Katie: We’ve created our own version of a Louis Vuitton style print, too.
Sophie: I looked at it at first and wasn’t sure about it.
Katie: But when she saw it made up, she said, “I really love it.” I can’t wait to do the matching pyjamas. And I’m doing it with my sister – if I can’t trust my sister, who can I trust? It’s like we’re starting an adventure together. Our next aim is to do bedroom wear, matching curtains, bedding and blankets.
Sophie: And prams.
Katie: Cribs. We wanted to do this as a fun thing together and not get stressed out. So I said, “Let’s start small and watch it grow.” Hopefully it will inspire other people to follow our journey, knowing we’re just two sisters doing it together – and why not?
Exactly! Do you tell each other everything?
Katie: Yeah, we do. She puts me in my place all the time. “Don’t do this on Instagram,” or “Don’t do that.” But she’s only got my interests…
Sophie: …best interests at heart.
Katie: And Soph does a lot with me now and it’s good. She understands me and people around me. She’s like my mum – a no bulls***ter. I’m definitely not the fiery one in my family – my mum and my sister are the bulldogs. She’s organised and gets things done. It’s a good combination.
You seem to have such a strong bond. Was there anything you used to fight over as kids?
Sophie: Just clothes really.
Katie: And shoes.
Sophie: Oh, here we go… I used to nick her shoes and my bunion used to make a dent in them.
Katie: And my bags and clothes would go missing, which is what sisters do. But now we’re older I wouldn’t wear what she does.
Sophie: And I definitely wouldn’t wear what she wears.
Katie: So we’re alright then! Our feet are different sizes and I wouldn’t wear brogues or whatever they are anyway.
Sophie: There’s nothing wrong with my brogues!
What’s your fondest sisterly memory?
Katie: I was obsessed with Soph when she was a baby. When she was asleep I used to pinch her so there was an excuse to pick her up. I did everything with Soph and I taught her to ride and drive.
She had a hard time at school because of me, so I feel sorry for her for that. At the time I didn’t realise. She’s put up with a lot of rubbish because of me.
What’s the most “out there” thing you’ve done in each other’s eyes?
Katie: You’ll be here all day if you’re asking Sophie my most out there, but my family are immune to it now.
Sophie: I’m just used to it.
Katie: Sophie makes me laugh because she does wacky things. Do you know the most out there thing she does? She’ll go to a museum on her own to look at paintings and she goes to the cinema on her own.
Sophie: Yeah, but there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s having the confidence to do it on your own.
Katie: And she’s so interested in old history. We are opposites, but we are quite alike. We’ve got the same banter.
Who makes the important business decisions?
Katie: We do it together. It’s equal.
Sophie: Everything gets approved on both sides.
Katie: She has the expertise on her side and then I put mine in, so it’s a good combination.
Have you been burnt in business before, Katie?
Katie: Have I been burnt before? Are you actually serious?! I have been burnt so badly in business from a young age. You get too trusting and I don’t like to see the bad in anyone, but when it comes to money you’d be surprised how greedy people get. They’ll do anything to stitch you up and try and take a cut. This way, like a lot of stuff I do now since the Priory, I’m in charge of everything and I know everything. I know what I get paid, when it comes in, the tax, the VAT, I know where everything goes now. And it’s such a nice feeling being on top of it rather than being dictated to. There’s a difference.
You seem in a good business head space…
Katie: Going to the Priory was the best thing ever. It’s been 18 months now. I wouldn’t have been able to do this two years ago. I’m doing Celebrity MasterChef, my Channel 4 makeover show, and I’m doing a second series for the BBC with Harvey. There’s a couple of other bits I’m doing with my sister, including our book. My equestrian and make-up ranges are coming up. You have to be switched on to do it all and enjoy it. That’s the thing now, I won’t do anything I don’t enjoy. When your head is in a good place, it’s amazing. Sophie always talks about the book The Secret.
Sophie: It works! Keeping positive.
Katie: Where I’ve been positive, things are coming my way, it’s unbelievable. Turning down work, because I don’t feel I have to or want to do it, is a good position to be in. I can just enjoy what I do and be stress-free. I don’t need dramas and stress but they just keep happening.
Katie’s used to being the centre of attention, but how do you feel about being more known now, Sophie?
Sophie: I’m very private, I’d like to say.
Katie: I’m the one who’s out there and Soph’s more the silent partner. We’re like chalk and cheese.
We can tell! Albert is adorable. Have you enjoyed motherhood, Sophie?
Sophie: Yes, I have. Albert is three months now. It’s great, but it’s been a bit of a shock to the system. But I’m loving it. I’ll have another one next year.
Katie: She’s a really good mum. She and Harry have just gone into it naturally.
Do you spoil Albert, Katie?
Katie: Of course I spoil him, he’s my nephew. With Soph, because she’s grown up with me and all my kids, she’s very good with babies and she knows I am. When we’re together it’s like, “I’ll calm him down.”
Sophie: Tag team.
Katie: Yeah, we’re a good tag team.
Is Katie hands-on with Albert?
Sophie: She’s very hands-on with him. If I have a little moment where I need to have five minutes and take a breath, she’s like, “Soph, let me take him.”
Katie: I know what it’s like, sometimes with a baby you don’t want people to take them off you, but Soph’s fine with me because I’m family. When you get stressed, babies sense it, and I don’t get stressed when they cry.
Sophie: If I go out in public and he starts crying I still get a bit anxious that people will look. I’m still building up my confidence taking him out.
Katie: But it’s alright when we’re out together, because she knows I’m used to it, so it’s not like dumb and dumber.
Has Albert made you feel broody, Katie?
Katie: I’m always f***ing broody and I will have more. I can only have one more because I’ve had caesareans, so I’d definitely use a surrogate until I’ve got no eggs left. I’ll just keep going and going.
Do you think the urge to have more children ever goes?
Katie: I think it does, because a lot of women I speak to know when they’ve had enough. You can go to someone, “Do you want more?” And they say, “No thanks. I’m absolutely done.” Or as you’ve just heard from Soph, “Yeah, I’m going to have more.” You know when you’re done and I’m not done. When I see Sophie with the baby it’s so full-on, and I know they take up your time, but I’m lucky that in my job a baby can come with me.
How are you feeling about Harvey starting college, Katie?
Katie: I don’t know. But it’s not like I’m leaving him – he’s going to college, which 19-year-olds do. I’m still going to see him all the time, but it’s that next step. Lots of good things are happening. I’ve turned Covid into a positive. When I came out of the Priory, Covid happened, so I had a lot of time at home to reflect on the Priory, reflect on what I want to do, and I’ve used the time wisely. I’m in a really good place.
And Junior’s signed a record deal!
Katie: He’ll be a little star. He’s always been good at singing. His dad [Peter Andre] is the singer, even though I still try, but his dad knows more in that area than me. And Princess does all her bits with me. Watch this space with Princess, because you don’t
know what’s coming up with her, trust me!
Has she got something big in the pipeline?
Katie: Yes, of course. You can’t just have one doing it.
Would you like to pursue your singing career?
Katie: I’m performing at an event and singing a couple of tracks there, which I can’t wait for. I’ve still got 12 tracks on my album that I’m finishing. Whatever anyone thinks, I’m still going to do my singing. Whether people love it or hate it, I’m doing it.
You’re so upbeat. Do you think this year will get better for you?
Katie: I’ve worked out in my life it’s scales – there’s a balance. As much is good, as much is bad. It’s a nice combination, because if everything was nice all the time, you’d think, “This isn’t right.”
You recently underwent cosmetic surgery and had liposuction, a Brazilian bum lift and work done to your face. How are you feeling?
Katie: What pisses me off is when people think they know what I’ve had done. The other day a newspaper said I’ve had four facelifts – I’ve never had a facelift in my life! I’ve had bits done, but I don’t need to lie about it. And there will be more. Why not? I’ve started the journey and I love it and it’s what I like to do.
I did my whole modelling career naturally, other than my boobs. There was no Instagram, no airbrushing, no filters, I did it with my natural beauty. Now I’m 43 I do what I like and I don’t have to explain it to anyone. I know I made my career looking how I did, so now if I want to have a little play, I will. I’m not harming anyone. And I’ve had five kids, so people have got to give credit where it’s due.
What’s the dream for you both now?
Katie: We know what we want to do with the range, and we’re going to just enjoy it.
Sophie: And take it step by step.
Katie: I just hope everyone loves it.
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