Peter Andre’s wife Emily says her daughter, 8, only just realised her dad was famous – but was very confused by his name
PETER Andre’s wife Emily has revealed their daughter only realised her dad was famous last year.
The NHS doctor, 32, admitted Amelia, eight, was baffled when she kept hearing people refer to her dad as Peter Andre – because their surname is in fact Andrea.
Speaking about the moment, Emily tells The Sun: “Probably about a year or so ago Millie goes ‘dad, why are those people calling you Peter Andre?’, it’s really weird that people talk about him with his first name and surname, which as far as she knows isn’t even our surname, our surname is actually Andrea.
“We had to have a slightly weird conversation about how some people know who daddy is because he writes songs and he goes on TV sometimes.
“She gets it now and occasionally it comes up at school, someone will say ‘oh I saw your dad on YouTube or something. It’s such a weird concept.”
As well as being a mum to Amelia, Theo and step children Princess and Junior and being a doctor, Emily is gearing up to release her second book – Growing Up For Boys, following the success of debut book Growing Up For Girls.
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And Emily can’t quite believe she’s doing it for a second time, telling us: “I still find it hard to get my head around sometimes that anyone would buy a book that I had written. I find it incredibly touching and I feel so grateful.”
The book is aimed at 9-11 year olds and will help them navigate the changes and pressures of puberty.
Emily admits it was different writing for a male audience and she turned to Pete and her family for guidance.
She explains: “It was a whole difference experience, I learnt things myself. I had to do research and get male perspective on it, I felt that was really important so I had to ask my brothers, my dad, Pete.
“I think the boy’s book is in some ways more needed than the girls because boys do find it a bit more difficult to speak to their parents, teachers or peers about changes in their body.”
She won’t be reading any negative comments though – admitting she’s still haunted by a cruel troll who made a jibe about her hair over six years ago.
“I try to avoid it, there can be a thousand nice comments and you will remember the one horrible one,” she explains.
“I remember probably six or seven years ago, we had gone to something and I had lots of nice comments and I remember one person saying ‘her hair is so long, she really needs to get a haircut’.
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“I remember thinking ‘god my whole life people have said how nice my hair is’ and then this one person saying I really need a haircut and I did, I probably had six inches off my hair after that. Now, I wouldn’t. Someone saying that to me made me really conscious about.
“Even now sometimes, I have a couple of things coming up in the next week I think ‘should I get my hair cut, is it really long?’ – just from that one comment!”
Written when the kids were in bed or whenever she got a quiet moment, Emily admits she has struggled with mum guilt in the past but feels like she’s finally found the perfect balance.
She tells us: “I think all parents get guilt on some level. For me it was why I decided to work part time because I just felt that I wasn’t able to do both jobs as well as I wanted to. When I say both jobs I mean being a mum and being a doctor.
“Cutting down my work hours slightly meant I was able to be slightly more present at home. It tipped the balance for me in terms of ‘yup, I am doing the mum thing and I am doing the work thing, and I feel like I am doing both well enough’. That allowed me manage the guilt
“I do still have guilt. There are still times when I can’t go and take them to things that I want to or I can’t watch performances at school, much more rarely now but you can’t be everywhere and you have to accept that to a degree.”
Emily and Peter currently don’t have any childcare help, so it is down to Emily to provide stability at home when Pete is on tour or working away.
“I do try to create stability and I have to say in the last year it’s been the best I have ever had it in terms of balance between home and work,” she says.
“There is slightly more of a pressure on me because he is away quite a lot, but we have a good thing going on. We have got the balance, we have a really good routine, we know what we are doing. It’s good.”
Things are so good the couple aren’t sure if another baby is on the cards – despite Pete saying it’s been on his mind as he gears up for his 50th birthday.
“It’s a really tough one because we are in a good place now with the kids,” Emily explains. “Theo is at school now, I have just about got that balance with my life, I think having a baby would tip that balance off a bit again, so it’s not in my mind at the moment.
“But there is still that part of me that is like ‘I am 32’ am I going to regret not giving it another go but at the moment I am tipped towards not.
“Who knows, we take for granted having normal fertility, who knows I am six years older than when I last fell pregnant, we may not be able to have another baby. There are things like that you don’t think about. I guess we’ll just wait to see how we feel.”
And the couple have another thing playing on their mind – Pete’s elderly people living in Australia.
The singer has previously said he’s thought about moving to be closer to them as they struggle with health issues, and Emily says it’s certainly not off the cards.
“It’s hard for him having his family there,” she says. “At the same time we have kids who are at school here, my work is here, and a lot of his work is here. It’s something we have talked about, we haven’t sort of planned anything.
“It’s about trying to find that balance with what’s going on with his family and trying to do the best thing for our family here. It’s something we might have to think about in the future.”
In the meantime the family are hoping to squeeze in a family holiday there at some point this year – in between Emily releasing her book, being a doctor and of course a super mum.
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