Katie Price is seemingly head over heels in love with new boyfriend Carl Woods, telling everyone that an engagement and babies are on the cards in the not-too-distant future.
But new magazine has reported that her recent gushing – and very public – comments about her ex-husband Peter Andre haven’t gone down well with Carl. And it’s beginning to cause friction between the couple when they should still be in the honeymoon period.
Katie, 42, recently opened up about her and Pete’s famous jungle romance during an appearance on ITV’s I’m A Celebrity…A Jungle Story.
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During the programme, she fondly recalled how it felt like they were “made for each other” when they met in camp in 2004, describing their relationship as “a proper love story”.
Continuing to praise Pete – with whom she has two children, Junior, 15, and Princess, 13 – Katie confessed that she was so “fixated” on him during their relationship that she fell asleep thinking about him every night, and couldn’t wait to see him first thing in the morning.
Sources close to the star say that this is typical of Katie, who has called Pete “the love of her life”, despite their divorce in 2009.
new magazine’s insider said, “Every year [when I’m A Celeb starts] Kate swoons over Pete and the past, but it’s been almost two decades since they met. She’s got to take him off that pedestal that she has him on.”
And it seems 31-year-old car dealer Carl totally agrees. Despite the pair – who started dating in June – putting on loved-up displays on their recent trip to the Maldives, getting matching tattoos and speaking about marriage, friends say Carl is becoming increasingly fed up of living in Pete’s shadow.
“Katie gushing over her ex and their history really isn’t what Carl wants to hear. He doesn’t get why she has to talk about any of her exes and feels like an idiot being with her while she’s still holding onto the past,” new magazine’s source added.
“Katie wants Carl to measure up to Pete, but Carl isn’t Pete. She needs to focus on the now, not what was a long time ago. It makes her look as if she hasn’t moved on like she says she has.”
This isn’t the only time Carl has spoken about his “jealousy” over Katie’s ex-partners, admitting in a recent interview that he “hates the fact that anyone’s had Katie before me”.
And Carl isn’t the first of Katie’s partners to air his concerns about her apparent “obsession” with Pete.
Kieran Hayler, who has children Jett, seven, and Bunny, six, with Katie from their five-year marriage, previously opened up about how he always felt there was a third person in their relationship.
Kieran, 33, said, “There is not a day that went by in the five years I was married to Kate that she didn’t mention his name.”
“For somebody to talk about their ex-husband so much, it almost makes you think that maybe he was the love of her life and she never got over that.”
But friends close to the couple say that Katie will always regard Pete as her biggest love and Carl will have to put in some serious work to change her mind.
new magazine’s insider adds, “Kate says that the jungle and falling in love with Pete is the most romantic, magical moment of her life, so Carl’s really got to up his game for her to think differently.”