Rebuilding their relationship: Peter Andre and Katie Price plan to become closer for the sake of the children
Formerly embattled exes Peter Andre and Katie Price are finally taking steps to rebuild their shattered relationship for the sake of their children.
The pair insist that the move is not a romantic one, though there will undoubtedly be speculation given their emotional past.
Despite years of public tension, the exes agreed to work things out following a series of phone calls.
Building bridges: Katie Price and Peter Andre, who split in 2009 after four years of marriage, have decided to become closer again for the sakeof their children
“They”re ready to move forward together and have discussed being seen in public again,” a family friend told The Sun.
“It”ll be day trips with the children — working things out generally and taking those important steps to improve the relationship.”
“It”s not romantic — but they know there will be speculation.”
Princess, four, Junior, six, and Harvey, nine- Katie”s son with ex-footballer Dwight Yorke- will spend Christmas and New Year”s Eve with Peter.
Struggling at the end: A tense Katie and Peter snapped in LA with her son Harvey in 2009, a few months before they went their separate ways
Though Peter, 38, has emphasised thathe can never get back with Katie, he has also admitted that he felt “sick” when he saw photos of her and the children together with cage fighter Alex Reid.
The glamour girl meanwhile showed her softer side when she sent Peter good luck tweets before his stint on I”m A Celebrity earlier this month.
Peter,who has been linked to stars including Elen Rivas and Kristina Macmillan, has admitted in interviews: “I love her [Katie] as the motherof my kids. We”re building bridges to try and be friends.”
Missing someone Katie looked noticeably downcast during a trip to LA earlier this month
Speaking to Piers Morgan during a Life Stories interview earlier this month, Peter said that “business is finished” as far as he is concerned, but indicated that Katie might not be feeling the same way.
According to Closer, Katie”s friends said she was “in tears” as she watched her ex-husband in the jungle, where they had met in 2004.
Asource close to her told the magazine: “She broke down after seeing Peter”s confession. She let the children stay awake to see him on telly and even texted him afterwards saying she adored him.”
Still hurts: Peter insisted during an interview with Piers Morgan that “business was finished” as far as his relationship with Katie is concerned, but became emotional as they discussed her
The friend said she is desperate to see him and will do anything to win him back, adding: “She says no one”sever compared to him.”
Asentiment that Katie confirmed to heat magazine this week when she opened up about Peter and said no one would ever take his place in her life.
She admitted that she regretted splitting from him and said: “Pete still makes my heart jump when I see him.”
Opening up: Peter opened up to Mark Wright during his appearance on I”m A Celebrity: Get Me Out Of Here and said he had never loved anyone like he had Katie
She also revealed that during their four-year union, they never had time to enjoy being together.
Shesaid: “Our marriage was all about the cameras and the deals and the jazz hands. It would have lasted for years if we were given time to put the cameras down and actually enjoy being married.”
Aftershe and Pete went their separate ways, Katie married cagefighter Alex Reid, but that only lasted a year and she said she is in no rush to walkdown the aisle again.
She said: “I always thought my married to Peter was the one that would last, I really did.”
Evenher friends revealed that she is missing her ex more than ever, with best friend and close confidante Michelle Heaton admitting that she thinks Katie and Pete may have a second chance.
Speakingto heat, she said: “I just think it”s so amazing that Peter and Katie are so nice about each other now. It was such a special romance.”
Special romance: Katie and Peter met on the show in 2004 and married the following year, their relationship publicly documented throughout
“I”mnot saying they”re getting back together but what they had was so special and Pete being in the jungle is just reminding them of it – it”sbringing all the memories back.”
“I know Katie really well, so I”m not ruling anything out.”
And friends of Peter said he is also debating whether he should reunite with the mother of his children.
Speaking to Closer, one said: “Pete went back to the jungle so he could move on from Katie. He wanted closure so he could leave the jungle focusing on being friends with her.
“But being there was so emotional, it brought it all flooding back. He”s said publicly they”ll never be reunited but now he isn”t so sure of what he wants.”
Long struggle: Peter has confessed that he found it difficult when Katie started seeing Alex Reid so soon after their split