Last nightKatie Pricereleased a video on social media speaking out about her regrets over the car accident she caused in September. On camera, the 43 year old mum of five addressed the incident where she flipped her car over.
“I got in my car, had a collision. I regret it,” she admitted in the post, which has since been deleted. "I've upset people around me. I've upset myself. I could have been hurt, I could have been dead. I could have killed someone, I could have injured someone.”
Katie has taken full responsibility for the crashand completed her rehab order following her car accident on September 28, after which she tested positive for alcohol and cocaine. She was quick to admit to her wrongdoing.
OK! spoke exclusively to TV psychologist Dr Richard Reid, who’s worked with many celebrities and royalty in his career. He believes it’s an opportunity for the former glamour model to make positive changes following her admissions.
“It's really important that when we've done something wrong, we acknowledge it like Katie has done,” says Richard, who’s also an expert in working with trauma survivors.
“Being honest and owning your mistakes is the best thing to do. It was brave of her as she is likely to receive abuse from that.
“The first step in moving on is facing the reality of the situation,” continues Richard. “Otherwise you become stuck in a negative mindset – people beat themselves up or become withdrawn. She will feel discomfort, but it’s important to have that pain before you can let go and crucially – have the incentive to make changes in your life.
“By acknowledging our setbacks we can inform what we do in the future so we don’t repeat the same patterns again. Our minds tend to be naturally negative and will keep going over the same bad thoughts. She will need to be disciplined in her thinking.
"As a mum, she will be worried about the impact this will have on her children, the negative comments in the playground. She might naturally be apprehensive when it comes to getting behind the wheel of a car again and might need support.
“When drugs and alcohol have been involved in an incident then the brain struggles to make sense of what's happened because the memories don't get laid down in the way that normal memories would.
“For some people this apprehension could last for weeks afterwards. But in extreme cases people can suffer panic attacks and flashbacks.
“But rather than this breaking Katie, it could change her life for the better. If she can overcome feelings of guilt and shame she can put them to constructive use and make changes to her lifestyle. The things that happen in our life shape us – but not necessarily for the worse.’
OK! also spoke exclusively to tabloid showbiz editor-turned top PR Sean O’Brien, who believes Katie’s career can survive this – but she needs to manage the fallout of the incident carefully.
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“There are some similarities which can be drawn from Ant McPartlin’s recovery [following his drink driving conviction] a few years ago,” says Sean O’Brien, PR consultant at Luxe Communications.
“It was certainly the right thing for Katie to hold her hands up and make it clear she is aware of the seriousness of the situation. This is the first step in the process for her to rehabilitate herself both as a person and a public figure, and she has work to do.
“Ant’s rehab was done quietly and mostly away from the cameras and social media and only when he was fully recovered did he come back to public life, and on the whole he has been forgiven by his fans,” continues Sean.
“Just like Ant, Katie will need to keep a lower profile and with no major dramas if she is going to rebuild public goodwill. Katie’s car accident came at a time when she was beginning to be perceived in a different way. Her BBC documentary with Harvey showed her caring and maternal side, but she must now show that she has overcome her demons and is a reformed character for her career to rebuild."
Katie has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence after the crash and was ordered by a judge to spend time at The Priory – a rehab facility in South West London.
Gushing about Carl on Instagram , Katie wrote alongside a photo of him: “This man has stuck by me in my most critical times and never done me wrong.
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