Katie Price has been pictured for the first time since revealing she was raped at gunpoint during horrifying carjacking.
The former glamour model, 44, was seen arriving in Leeds on Thursday morning with boyfriend Carl Woods, 33, as they made their way to TV studios ahead of filming an appearance on Steph’s Packed Lunch.
Katie put on a brave face as she stepped out after telling how she was brutally raped in South Africa in 2018 as she spoke ahead of her harrowing documentary Trauma And Me, which airs on Thursday night.
Speaking in an interview with MailOnline this week, the TV personality recalled the terrifying ordeal which saw her held at gunpoint during filming for her Quest Red reality show, My Crazy Life, with ITV.
She detailed the traumatic events that led her to reach breaking point, suffering a mental breakdown in 2018, and a failed suicide attempt where she ‘knocked herself out and had black eyes’ – after which she sought treatment for PTSD.
Stepping out: Katie Price put on a brave face on Thursday, as she stepped out with boyfriend Carl Woods in Leeds after missing her appearance on Good Morning Britain
Stepping out ahead of the launch of her new show, Katie proudly plugged her own clothing line, wearing a pink hooded jumper from her Equestrian range.
The mother-of-five kept things low-key in her sweater, which she teamed with a pair of black leggings.
Katie wore her long locks straight and opted for a full face of makeup, completing her ensemble with pink tinted sunglasses.
Despite wearing a pair of orthopaedic boots for her ankles, which she broke last year, she carried two big bags over her shoulders including a Louis Vuitton duffle bag.
Promoting her line: Katie proudly plugged her own clothing line on Thursday, wearing a pink hooded jumper from her Equestrian range. Pictured with Carl
Casual: She kept things low-key in her sweater, which she teamed with a pair of black leggings
She’s got her hands full! Despite wearing a pair of orthopedic boots for her ankles, which she broke last year, she carried two big bags over her shoulders
Still going strong: Katie and Carl’s outing comes a month after Katie previously clarified that she and Carl had not split
Carl kept things casual in a beige tracksuit, which he teamed with a pair of pastel sneakers.
While Katie kept charge of the bags, he walked their adorable pet pooch Sid on a lead.
Katie and Carl’s outing comes a month after Katie previously clarified that she and Carl had not split, claiming her TikTok account was hacked and that she is still in a relationship with him.
It comes after Katie revealed that she attempted suicide after suffering from ‘anxiety, depression and major trauma’ following her horrific 2018 carjacking experience.
Missing appearances: According to The Mirror, Katie was due to talk about her harrowing new documentary on Good Morning Britain on Thursday, but failed to show up
Sweet: Katie happily posed with a fan as she stepped out, despite her busy and emotional week
Struggles: Katie is set to detail her traumatic ordeal in a hard-hitting Channel 4 documentary. She previously revealed to MailOnline that she was raped at gunpoint in a 2018 carjacking
Saving face: She kept up her appearance obligations for Steph’s Packed Lunch on Thursday
The reality star admitted she hit rock bottom after she was raped at gunpoint during the ordeal and tried to hang herself, but after passing out she ‘saw her kids faces’ and realised she ‘never wanted it to happen again’.
Katie previously revealed to MailOnline that she was raped at gunpoint during her 2018 carjacking, which led her to suffer a mental breakdown.
She said: ‘The experience when I was filming with ITV in South Africa, we had no security, if we had security they would have been able to deal with the six guys that jumped us, held me at gunpoint and raped me.’
Speaking during the documentary, Katie revealed she came close to taking her own life after reaching rock bottom.
She said: ‘I’ve got anxiety, depression and major trauma and I tried to kill myself. I tried to hang myself. I knocked myself out. I had black eyes, bruises around my neck, I didn’t want to be here.
‘But all I saw was the kids faces and I don’t ever want that to happen again. It was a nightmare. I didn’t give a s**t if I lived or died. I’ve been struggling with my mental health for some time.’
Tough: The reality star admitted after hitting rock bottom she tried to hang herself and passed ut, but after ‘seeing her kids faces’ decided she ‘didn’t want it to happen again’
Katie is mother to sons Harvey, 20, Junior, 17, and Jett, nine, and daughters Princess, 15, and Bunny, eight.
In the documentary, which was filmed in the aftermath of her car crash in September 2021, Katie also admitted the accident finally helped her realise she needed help, and she checked into rehab.
She said: ‘Getting in the car was a terrible mistake I’m so sorry for. That was a prime example of me having been triggered and not knowing how to handle it, an example of my spiralling out of control because I needed help.’
The reality star also said she’ll likely need therapy ‘for the rest of her life,’ after being diagnosed with PTSD.
Ahead of the documentary, Katie revealed that she was raped during a horrifying carjacking in South Africa in 2018.
She told MailOnline: ‘The experience when I was filming with ITV in South Africa, we had no security, if we had security they would have been able to deal with the six guys that jumped us, held me at gunpoint and raped me.’
Awful: Ahead of the documentary, Katie revealed that she was raped during a horrifying carjacking in South Africa in 2018
Katie was thrown out of the vehicle by the attackers, during her journey from Johannesburg to Swaziland in two people carriers with the production crew.
The vehicles were ransacked of laptops, iPads, passports, cash and jewellery – but the robbers left behind a fortune in camera gear which the crew had stored on board. The attackers were never apprehended.
Katie first discussed her harrowing experience during an episode of Channel 4’s SAS: Celebrity Who Dares Wins in 2020, where she said: ‘Police said it was a miracle they didn’t kill us.’
During her new Channel 4 show, she candidly revealed: ‘I hit severe depression a couple of years ago, depression on top of PTSD, I was suicidal, didn’t want to be here. I tried to kill myself.
Aftermath: Speaking in an interview with MailOnline, the media personality, 44, recalled the terrifying ordeal which saw her held at gunpoint during filming for her Quest Red reality show
Moving forward: She detailed the traumatic events that led her to reach breaking point and seek treatment for PTSD, in a candid discussion about mental illness
‘I knocked myself out and had black eyes. I had bruises around my neck. I woke up. I didn’t want to be here.’
Her stays at The Priory rehab clinic have been to treat her post traumatic stress disorder as she also added that through therapy she has learnt to deal with her past and recognise what triggers her.
Katie detailed: ‘I have had my eyes opened about a lot. When you go in The Priory, people assume that it must be for drinks or drugs.
‘I have never ever been in The Priory for drink, drugs or addiction. I have been in the priory for trauma rehabilitation for PTSD.’
Onscreen: The vehicles were ransacked of laptops, iPads, passports, cash and jewellery – but the robbers left behind a fortune in camera gear which the crew had stored on board – with the incident documented on the show (pictured)
She continued: ‘Because of what people believe, it affects me. There is a stigma that if you go in The Priory, you are a wrong ‘un [one], but that’s not true.
‘I think people who go in there are brave because they are facing their demons and whatever their problems are to make themselves a better person.
‘Mental health, it doesn’t matter how big or how small that my seem, if it’s big to someone then it’s big to them. It’s just different. Anything can happen.’
Speaking about the dark place she experienced with her mental health at the time of last year’s horrific drink-drive crash, Katie explained: ‘I live in the countryside, I had no outlet, I needed to talk to someone and that night I let myself down.’
Accident: Speaking about the dark place she experienced with her mental health at the time of last year’s horrific drink-drive crash, Katie explained: ‘I let myself down’
‘I am not justifying anything, there was a reason why I got in the car and why my head was like that.
‘Unfortunately, I did get into that place. I would never get into that place again. It happened and it’s real but I have learnt.’
The former glamour model, who still goes to therapy, said: ‘I might be 44 now and have therapy each week, but I wish I would have done this years ago. It would have stopped a lot of things that I might have said or reacted to.
‘I have to accept [certain situations] and not bite back to anything anymore.
‘It’s hard for me to say because I don’t want to sound bitter and I am not bitter. I speak to my therapist now about my situations.’
She added: ‘I think people who go in there are brave because they are facing their demons and whatever their problems are to make themselves a better person’
As she deals with her PTSD and past trauma, Katie continued: ‘I feel like I have to protect myself. I don’t put anything on Instagram anymore. I don’t need to justify myself anymore. I don’t owe anything to anyone.
‘I don’t go on Instagram anymore and say, ‘Well this is wrong,’ it crosses my mind and then I countdown, and by the time I am at zero, I am just like ‘Oh forget it.’
‘I feel better and I feel stronger for that. I don’t need to rectify or prove anything to anyone. I know the truth. I have grown up!’
In her latest documentary, Katie discusses what caused her mental health to deteriorate and the step’s that she is taking in her recovery.
‘There’s a lot in the programme but there is a hell of a lot I haven’t put in there, it’s only 45 minutes but there is enough to know that I have been suffering,’ she said.
MailOnline has contacted representatives for ITV and Quest Red.
Katie Price: Trauma And Me airs on September 8th at 9PM on Channel 4.
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Learning: The former glamour model, who still goes to therapy, said: ‘I might be 44 now and have therapy each week, but I wish I would have done this years ago’