Katie Price has spoken about the reasons which helped her decide to place son Harvey in full-time residential care.

The 42-year-old former glamour model gave a candid interview to Studio 10 in Australia and said her 18-year-old son needs to become more self-reliant over the coming years.

Harvey is on the autistic spectrum and was born with disabilities including partial blindness, ADHD and Prader-Willi syndrome, which causes an excessive appetite.

Katie said that she is struggling to manage her 6ft2in and 29-stone teenage son and worries that if he has a mood swing, he could be sectioned and his future taken out of their hands.

During the live interview, reality star Kate gave details that helped her make the "heartbreaking" decision to place Harvey in a residential care home, some three hours from where she lives.

Katie Price and son Harvey
Katie Price has said she struggles to control Harvey if he has a mood swing

Speaking on the show, Katie said: "It's not because I don't want to see him, but I have to give him a chance to have an independent life and not let him lead me all the time."

Katie added that Harvey will be living at the facility until he is 25 and she hopes that he will get a chance to studying at college and make more friends.

She believes it is an important transition to make and that it will give him more options in his life.

Katie continued: "So say on weekends, if he's got friends there and they want to go to the cinema, he might want to do that instead of coming to see me - it just gives him that option."

Harvey Price with Katie and family at Christmas
Harvey Price with Katie and family at Christmas

She explained that another reason for encouraging more independence was because he was so reliant on her.

Katie added: "He wants me to cuddle him all the time. He's got to learn to do things without me."

Harvey is the son of former footballer Dwight Yorke, 49, but he has had nothing to do with his son since he was first born.

It is a sore subject with Katie and she has said that an upcoming documentary she has done with the BBC will help "shame" Dwight into getting in touch again.

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