At the outset I would like to apologise for having to respond to my ex-husbands article in Heat (which Heat published without seeking comment from me and having published a fake interview with me a few weeks ago). I am more than aware that the public are as sick as I am of the constant stories harping back to a marriage that ended three years ago. Since the press coverage with respect to Princess's burn I have tried not to engage with these stories but sometimes it is difficult.
I have an awful lot of respect for what my marriage was and it gave me two amazing Children. I don't want to be drawn into tit for tat comments as I have done previously to my regret. I wish Peter all the success in the world with his career and his personal life - I am sure he does not need to reference me in every interview he gives and I still hope that he joins me in trying to remove the children from the public domain. This hope and the hope that we can one day be friends for the sake of the children are however the only hopes I have with respect to a relationship with Pete.
Was I devastated when Pete left me? Yes. Did I react badly to it. Yes. Am I over this - yes and I have been for some time. I don't want to be with him and I know he does not want to be with me.
Peter's Heat interview was so full of spite that it is saddening. I would just like to point out the following:
1. After we met to settle a legal dispute Pete and I talked and joked, in front of others, about getting together and going on holiday to Dubai at New Year. It is true that for a while after this we were getting on better and that (like many couples who have a history) there were discussions about what may have been and what might be if we got back together. These conversations were, I thought, just between us where we both knew that the comments were light hearted 'what ifs' and not serious. I had no idea that they would be used against me like this.
Of course I sometimes think we should still be together for the sake of the Children, but I know that cannot and will not be the case. Nor is that what I want - I am not sure how many times I have to say it. I don't know how the stories about us getting back together appeared in the press but they did not come from me. In any event Pete made clear in his New! column at the start of January that there was no hope of us going back together and I had said the same in a statement from my management. He has repeated this line in an interview with OK! Now he has spoken about it again in Heat, yet apparently it is me that is obsessed?
2. After that meeting, and after we had been getting on better a number of things happened. First, I found out some disturbing information and my lawyers wrote to Pete about material uncovered with respect to events in September 2009 - Peter reacted badly to receiving this letter and threatened to 'tell all' about his reasons for leaving me when he appeared on Piers Morgan later that day. Secondly, Pete did an OK! interview and cover shoot with Junior and Princess in which my photograph was photo shopped in. The headline was 'Katie & Peter together at Christmas'. Yet in Heat Pete complains about magazines speculating about us getting back together. Finally, we had cross words at Christmas as dealt with below.
3. For Pete to say in those circumstances that he does not know why things are frosty between us is odd. For him to suggest that things are frosty because he won't get back with me just unpleasant.
4. It is true that Pete invited me into his house on Christmas day when I went to pick up the children as had previously been arranged. I am grateful for this kindness. It is true that this was awkward - this was because my husband (and therefore my Children) were spending Christmas day with two 'friends' who had given the News of the World vicious and unpleasant stories about me. I am sure most parents would feel uncomfortable to find out that their Children were spending such an important day with people who will talk in derogatory terms about them to the national press. If they will do this what on earth will they say behind closed doors?
I am genuinely embarrassed to have to respond in this way. I am sure this will be used as an excuse for another round of interviews by Pete calling me all sorts of names and making all kinds of accusations. I will attempt to stay quiet and leave my lawyers to deal with the matters that have been uncovered.