Katie Piper is blooming in every way. The 33-year-old, who is expecting her second child this Christmas and recently launched a maternity collection, has just announced her debut ‘What’s in My Head’ 2018 theatre tour.
Next February marks ten years since the former model had acid thrown over her. In that time Katie, who is married to Richard Sutton and has a three-year-old daughter Belle, has overcome personal battles with anxiety, endured endless plastic surgery, and become a TV presenter, speaker, charity campaigner and author of three best-selling books.
Inspirational Katie believes that in an era of glossy magazines, Instagram filters and app dating, remaining in touch with reality has never been harder. Now she plans to open her own diaries, photo albums, and personal memories in an intimate and revealing talk about her life. The theatre tour, which opens in Andover on 13 March 2018, will reveal how she handled the crippling clutches of anxiety and explain that no matter how big or small challenges might seem, there is always a confident way forward.
“Help people with their anxiety and depression battles”
“I am constantly inundated with letters and people asking me, ‘how can I get through this?’ she says. “So I thought, if I can take a show in to the theatres and go out on the road, it would be great to help people. I’ll be sharing parts of my journey, but it’s not just about me re-telling my story word for word. Hopefully it will be uplifting and help people how have their own battles with anxiety and depression and whatever they are going through.”
Katie very kindly made time in her busy schedule to talk to Relax Ya Self To Health about babies, holidays, exciting new projects and, of course, how she loves to unwind.
YOU’LL SOON BE A MUM OF TWO. HOW EXCITED ARE YOU ALL?
We’re all REALLY excited. It’s so lovely as Belle is at an age where she understands what’s going on and tells everyone ‘I’m going to be a big sister’ all the time. It’s very sweet, although she’s likely to be a bit jealous. I know she’s going to love being an older sister too, as she’s always got her toy baby and pram with her and has been telling everyone that she is pregnant too throughout my pregnancy!
HOW HAS PREGNANCY AFFECTED YOUR HEALTH THIS TIME ROUND?
I had quite a lot of morning sickness at the beginning and am getting tired more easily now I’m in my third trimester, but I’m definitely more laid back now it’s the second time around as I know what to expect. It is harder looking after an active child now as well though.
WHAT HEALTH LESSONS DID YOU LEARN WHEN YOU WERE PREGNANT WITH BELLE?
With my last pregnancy, I worked right up until Belle was born and I plan to do the same this time around, but I will always listen to my body and the health of both myself and the baby absolutely takes priority. This time around I feel like I know what to expect a bit more, so I feel more prepared which is nice.
HOW WELL DO YOU COPE WITH STRESS?
Exercise is my ultimate stress buster. I love working out and going for a run – that always makes me feel better.
HOW DO YOU MAKE TIME TO RELAX WITH A TODDLER AND HECTIC WORK SCHEDULE?
I’m really organised and am always on it with the diary and calendar! I do find it quite hard to relax as I’m always so busy but I would usually do some exercise or I love to go on long walks and bike rides with my husband and daughter. For me it’s all about balance, so I always make sure I’ve got plenty of time with my family. I am really lucky to have an amazing husband and family around me, but if I didn’t, I would make sure I made time for myself to recharge, even if it was just ten minutes in the evening relaxing in a bubble bath!
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO LISTEN TO YOUR BODY AND INVEST IN YOURSELF AS A PERSON?
Self-care is so important. For me, if my body is telling me I need to slow down, I will. So have the confidence to invest in yourself and take care of both your physical and mental wellbeing.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
Positive, ambitious and caring.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE MOTTO?
Confidence is the secret
ARE YOU TAKING THINGS EASY ON THE WORK FRONT DUE TO THE IMMINENT ARRIVAL?
I haven’t slowed down just yet. The baby is due at Christmas time so that’s going to be a busy time. Work-wise, I’ve just announced my debut theatre tour and I’m extremely excited about that. It will be wonderful to get a chance to connect with my fans on a more intimate level! I have also recently launched my maternity collection with Want That Trend.Com which has been amazing, as during my previous pregnancy I really struggled to find affordable maternity wear that I genuinely liked. So this time around I wanted to provide a maternity collection that gave all pregnant women the chance to feel good about themselves no matter what the occasion – be that a party, picking up the kids from school, or even on Christmas Day.
ULTIMATE HOLIDAY DESTINATION?
I’ve just got back from Dubai. That was amazing and it is certainly up there but my favourite place and one I’ve been lucky enough to visit is Mauritius. It was total paradise – lovely weather and people. I’d love to go again!
ACTION PACKED CITY BREAK, FAMILY TRIP WITH OTHER PARENTS AND KIDS OR A CHILLED BEACH VIBE?
That’s a difficult one because I like the sound of all of the above. I recently went to Barcelona with a friend and our daughters and had so much fun. I love cosmopolitan cities. But at the same time, I love the beach and tropical islands and it’s always lovely to get away for some much needed relaxation – not that you have much time to relax with a three-year-old to run after!
ULTIMATE PAMPERING WEEKEND?
It would have to be a spa break with some girlfriends, staying overnight so we can all relax in big, fluffy dressing gowns and have a good old catch up after a pamper session.