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Monday 9 December 2019

'I don't care about anything else in my career' - Katie Price wins praise for campaign against online trolling

Reality star spoke about online bullying and her mother's battle with terminal illness

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Former glamour model Katie Price said that she is happy that she has exposed her family to reality TV, as it means that she is now in a stronger position to change the law on online bullying.

The reality star won the praise of Ray Darcy viewers when she explained how she hopes to use her fame to campaign against online trolling, and revealed why she is happy to appear on TV with her family.

"You're going to say what people are thinking," she told Ray before going on to explain why she exposes her family to the public on reality TV, particularly her son Harvey who has been the victim of online bullying.

"Why shouldn't I with Harvey?" she said. "Especially with Harvey because he's special needs and stuff... There's so many women out there who don't know how to cope with it and might hide away... I'm not ashamed of Harvey. I want to show how good he is and everyone absolutely loves Harvey," she said.

"People can knock me all they like, but for 25 years whether I've been a glamour model or not the best thing for me out of everything is to have the power to get the signatures to be able to go to the government to have a law in place to stop online abuse," she said.

"I don't care about anything else in my career."

The interview was met with support from viewers who took to Twitter to praise the mother of five for her openness and strength in campaigning to change the online bullying, including her 15-year-old son Harvey.

Katie recently appeared on front of a special committee in the UK to promote 'Harvey's Law', a proposed law against trolling which could see the creation of a register of offenders set up.

She told British MPs that a line should be drawn between “banter” and criminal abuse but the law had failed to keep up with the changing use of technology.

Katie led the line-up on Saturday night's Ray Darcy Show, which included comedian David McSavage, GAA stars Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh and Seán Óg Ó hAilpín in their first ever interview together, and a Waterford bullock called Ray D'Arcy.

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