British TV personality Katie Price often makes headlines for her barely-there photoshoots and on-again-off-again love life:
The former topless glamour model caused quite a bit of attention for her reality show “Katie & Peter,” which featured Price and ex-husband Peter Andre re-creating sex scenes fully nude.
And now, Price is in the headlines once more for some unorthodox parenting advice.
The 39-year-old mom appeared on the July 12 episode of U.K. talk show “Loose Women” and opened up about her children — specifically, her 15-year-old son Harvey.
Price wants her teenage son, whom she had with former soccer player Dwight Yorke, to experience all parts of teenage life — including sex. But she’s afraid that without a little interfering, Harvey may not get that opportunity.
The reason? Harvey deals with extreme autism, Us Weekly explained.
She told the talk show:
“Harvey is 15 now. Naturally at 15 you go through puberty and it’s natural to experiment with yourself,”
According to Us Weekly, Price and her current husband, Kieran Hayler, casually threw around the idea of ordering a prostitute for Harvey for his 18th birthday three years from now.
She worried that his ignorance of sex may set him back, and asked the panel for advice at this tricky juncture:
“He hasn’t got a clue about that side. What do you do, do I leave it?”
Fellow guest and author Kathy Lette, who also has a child on the austim spectrum, suggested Price wait before she makes such a controversial call:
“I think you wait and see if he’s angst ridden about it and if it’s an issue for him.”
Fans took to Twitter and can’t seem to agree if Price is making the right move:
"Is there something wrong with Katie Price buying a prostitute for Harvey's (her son with autism) 18th bday?"
How long have you got? ?
— Dr. Jessica Eaton (@Jessicae13Eaton) July 13, 2017
idk which is worse, Tyla of love island’s sex tape or Katie Price considering getting a prostitute for her disabled son on his 18th bday ?
— DJ Banda (@DJBandaUK) July 12, 2017
Others called into question her mothering skills:
Katie price hiring a prostitute for her disabled son when he turns 18! Sweet jesus mother of the year award goes too..
— Rebecca Mccormick (@rebeccamc21) July 13, 2017
While some jumped to Price’s defense:
katie price saying she'd hire a sex worker for her disabled son if he expresses desire for sex when he's 18 doesn't make her a psychopath
— beth (@urpalbeth) July 14, 2017
it isn't uncommon for parents of disabled children to do this and it allows their ADULT child to explore sex in a comfortable environment
— beth (@urpalbeth) July 14, 2017
Disabled people have sexual needs just like everyone else. This article raises interesting questions. Thoughts? https://t.co/AMTllUkPpI
— Phil Friend (@PhilFriendEsq) July 14, 2017
Truly don't understand why people are kicking off at Katie Price for that prostitute comment like spend a day working in the care industry ?
— Becca D (@becs1995) July 14, 2017
Lack of an intimate life isn’t the only thing Harvey has on his plate. He also has Prader-Willi syndrome, a condition characterized by “delayed development and an insatiable appetite,” Us Weekly added.
Earlier this week, Price addressed further clamor around her parenting skills, after receiving blowback for letting her husband grope her breasts in front of her children.
— Quest Red (@QuestRedtv) July 3, 2017
Addressing the incident to Now magazine, Price said she couldn’t be bothered with stranger’s opinions:
“I don’t give a s*** what anybody says about my mothering skills … If anyone wants to complain about how I raise my kids they need to get a life.”
Regardless, making a profit off public scandal seems to be working out for the former model. According to reports, Price’s net worth is valued around $59 million.