Katie Price's family are concerned for her “wellbeing and overall mental health” amid reports the TV personality was involved in a car crash in Sussex on Tuesday. The Sun reported the former glamour model was taken to hospital after the incident. Sussex Police said a 43-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of driving while above the legal limit for alcohol and drugs following a collision on the B2135 near Partridge Green.
Price recently confirmed she is banned from driving.
In a statement shared on Instagram, her family said “As a family we have for some time been concerned about Kate’s wellbeing and overall mental health.
“Today our worst fears nearly came true. As a family we have been and will continue to help Kate get the help she needs. We hope that she will realise that she cannot battle her issues alone. “We would kindly ask that the media and wider public give Kate the time and space she needs to seek the necessary treatment, so that she can hopefully return to the Kate we know and love as a mother, daughter and sister.”
A police officer on the Sussex roads policing unit tweeted a photo of a car flipped on its side at the scene of the accident.
Pc Tom Van Der Wee wrote: “Occupant of the vehicle is thankfully on the whole okay. Road is closed whilst we get the vehicle recovered.”
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Police later confirmed the road was reopened at 9.26am. Appearing on ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Monday, Price said she is banned from driving until the end of the year. Discussing her son Harvey, 19, she said: “Harvey’s in Cheltenham now. “He keeps ringing me saying, ‘Mummy I miss you, I need kisses and cuddles’, so it is quite hard because obviously I don’t get my licence back until December, so I can’t just whizz in the car down there and it’s not close.”
Ms Price's family said on Instagram that they would pass on messages of support and love to her.
“We are concerned and worried about her deeply, we know she lives her life publicly and to many she is fair game, but as a family we hope she can find her path privately moving forward during this very difficult period in her life," the statement continued. “We are not asking for sympathy – just that it is recognised that Kate is unwell.
“We take great comfort in reading the messages of support and love for Kate that we will pass on to her, in the hope that these positive messages will help spur her on. “It takes great strength for one to acknowledge they need help, we hope the door is now open for Kate to learn to love herself and to be happy within. Mental illness is not a personal failure."