Katie Price and Peter Andre blame each other for split
Couple break vow of silence after management company asks press to stay away
They were not so much a couple as a franchise. Now Katie Price, formerly the Sun page three girl 'Jordan', and Peter Andre, a barely-remembered Nineties pop singer from Australia, who met on reality television and have never been off British TV screens and magazine stands since, have announced their break-up. Or rather, a management company has announced it.
And for the first time in their relationship, they have asked for the press to stay away. A statement yesterday from Can Associates announced: "Peter Andre and Katie Price are separating after four-and-a-half years of marriage. They have both requested that the media respect their families' privacy at this difficult time."
Needless to say, both have already broken their own vow of silence - Price telling the Press Association that she is "devastated" because "Pete is the love of my life" and Pete informing the Sun that he could no longer cope with his wife's drinking and flirting. "There's nobody I feel threatened by when she's sober," he said. "But if she's been drinking, I know she's capable of anything. The devil gets inside her and she's a nightmare."
They married in 2005, a year after they met in the Australian jungle on ITV's I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!. The bride arrived at Highclere Castle in Berkshire in a pink Cinderella-style carriage pulled by six white horses and the fairytale union spawned a series of ITV2 shows such as When Jordan Met Peter, Jordan & Peter: Laid Bare, Katie & Peter: The Baby Diaries and their latest, Katie & Peter: Stateside.
Last night Price left the country with the couple's two children, three-year-old Junior and one-year-old Princess Tiaamii. She is an astute businesswoman who appeared at number 83 in last year's Media Guardian list of the 100 most powerful UK media players. In recent years she has turned her hand to three autobiographies, TV shows, children's books, teenage novels as well as her own brand of perfume. In 2008, the year's entire Man Booker Prize shortlist sold fewer copies than her ghostwritten second novel, Crystal.
The break-up raises the possibility of a courtroom battle over custody of Junior and Princess. As for the couple's estimated £30m fortune, most of it is down to Price, while Andre reportedly insisted on signing a pre-nup. "I don't want anything from her apart from love," he said.