Katie Price on 'suffocating' negative coverage and suffering panic attacks

Katie Price has opened up about experiencing panic attacks, and the ‘suffocating’ perception people have of her.

The 43-year-old has been in the public eye since she was a teenager, kicking off her career as a glamour model, with alter-ego Jordan.

Since then, she has been on the front cover of countless magazines, enjoyed successful appearances on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, Celebrity Big Brother and, most recently, Celebrity MasterChef.

But, speaking in a candid new chat with Simon Thomas – which was recorded in April, before her recent attack – the mum-of-five spoke of how ‘suffocating’ her fame can be.

Appearing on the Life, Interrupted podcast, she discussed the negative impact of her long stint in the spotlight.

Detailing her panic attacks, she told the host: ‘So I remember one time I was training [and] I just remember swimming [and] my body went paralysed. I remember holding on to the ropes and shouting out for help because I felt like I was being dragged under the water. 

‘From then that’s when my panic attacks started. And then I had nightmares [about] drowning. So ever since then, I was 15/16, panic attacks, they tap you on the shoulder. 

‘Obviously people have had them [so] they would know what I mean, when it sort of taps you on the shoulder to let you know it’s there and it gives you that feeling. 

‘And with me, my hands, because I hyperventilated so much, my hands would go and I’d have to breathe in a bag. It’s quite scary because you think you’re gonna die when you have a panic attack.’

Katie also explained that the negativity she faces in the media has damaged her mental health, comparing the attention to the feeling of ‘drowning’.

‘I can’t tell you how damaging [the] past 10 years have been for my mental health,’ she continued. 

‘It’s kind of like you’re drowning – there’s more stories coming out, more stories, and you’re just trying to get up for air because you want to protect yourself from all these stories.

‘And if you can’t do it, it just carries on and on. So people create perception of what they think you’re like and it’s suffocating.’

Life, Interrupted is available now on Global Player, Apple Podcasts and Spotify, with new episodes dropping on Mondays.

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