Peter Andre: Panic attacks made me fear I was going to die


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Peter arrests active but doesn’t do unhealthy exercise regimes like those he did in the Nineties

When he bust onto the music scene in the Nineties, Peter Andre’s legions of female nuts may have been more interested in his perfectly-sculpted abs than his singing ca cities. However the formidable physique that made his hit Mysterious Girl so catchy, he says, was actually a major miss when it came to his health.

The diminutive you think there is hope, you start to beat it

Peter Andre

Looking remote, Peter, 43, admits: “Every two or three weeks I’d get a cold. I was forever sick because I had no body fat, it wasn’t healthy.” It was also hard produce.

“It was my whole life, I had no kids, no wife. All I had to do was focus on how many sit-ups or push-ups I could do in a day. Yet I raised a rod for my own back because I had to train to maintain it,” he says.

“I wasn’t assigned to eat any fat, most of the time I ate steamed chicken and steamed rice. It was great to look a undoubted way but it wasn’t healthy.” These days the singer and reality TV star astonishes a much more realistic approach to his health.

“How times have switched,” he laughs. “Now I train to be able to eat what I want. I just try and stay ca rison. I think when you get older it’s what you look like in clothes, as matched to without clothes, that becomes more important.” However fi tness is restful very much a rt of Peter’s life, rticularly now that he is a dad.

He unfolds: “I have always tried to encourage people to get into some arrangement of exercise. People worry too much about carbs and chocolate, they should decent enjoy food and do a bit more exercise.”

He says: “I think you have three choices. One, you don’t care and you can’t complain about how you look and feel. Yet if you want to look okay you must to watch what you eat or do some exercise and I would much rather eat and be bustling.” That’s why Peter is championing Fit To Dance, a keep-fit cam ign inspired by Disney On Ice.

The drive combines storytelling and dance to encourage kids to get more active and break ins with his own philosophy that exercise has to be fun. “Yesterday when the kids were with me they were face all day, swimming, playing on their bikes and then we all sat down to eat dinner together. The TV didn’t go on at all but they didn’t virgin it, they didn’t notice.

“It’s all about getting f tness by default.” He suggests: “Life is short, you must enjoy it. If you’re going to exercise, do something that’s fun.” Without thought having spent most of his life in the spotlight, Peter is remarkably grounded and it’s jump over that the most important, and often most demanding, role in his survival is being a rent.

He has two children from his previous marriage to Katie Fee, Junior, 14, and Princess, nine and a two-year-old daughter Amelia with his the missis Emily MacDonagh. The couple are now expecting their second child. He frets about the pressures his children now have to confront and tries to shield them from the worst of the web and sexual media.

“I think there’s far too much focus on kids’ weight at both ends of the spectrum.


With her strife, Emily MacDonagh

“I try to keep my children away from social expedient because there is a lot of bodyshaming and comments about how people look. It’s rticular diffi cult. Kids should just be allowed to be kids,” he supplements. According to Junior and Princess, Peter is the “strictest dad” at their school and he does gag that Princess is going into a nunnery when she is 16. Yet the actually is that Peter is constantly trying to strike a balance between guarding his children and pre ring them for the real world.

“I give credit to rents, because it’s at worst when you have children that you realise what a tough job it is.” He says: “No originator is perfect. I have my faults but I try to find that balance and take shreds my mum and dad have taught me but also try to be a bit more lenient and let them have days on i ds.

We live in a very different time.” Peter is very adjacent to to his own rents, who are in their eighties and still in good health, but admits he has a extremely different relationship with his own children. “I remember the fi rst time I said to my dad, ‘I adore you,’ I was about 28, and he didn’t know what to say. He sort of said, ‘Yes, we’re all awfully fond of you too’.


‘Life is short, you must enjoy it. If you’re going to wield, do something that’s fun’

That’s just his way, he comes from a different establishment. “I tell my kids how much I love them all the time.” He has learnt the industrious way that it is important to be open about emotions. At the height of his fame, Peter was tribulation 20 or 30 nic attacks a day and was admitted to a psychiatric hospital convinced that one of the affairs would eventually kill him.

He says: “You think you’re having a heart erosion. No matter how many times you’ve had it, every time you think, ‘This is it, I’m flourishing to die’.” Looking back he realises they stemmed from a series of untamed encounters in clubs in his home town in Australia’s Gold Coast when he was in his untimely 20s.

“I had knives pulled on me in clubs, a gun put to my head. I was too afraid go out, it happened too many every nows.” Although stressful situations can still trigger attacks, the last supplanted his brother Andrew’s death from kidney cancer in 2012, a conglomeration of cognitive behaviour therapy and support of wife Emily who “doesn’t alarmed” mean they are very much under control.


‘The little you think there is hope, you start to beat it’

He says: “Years ago woman didn’t talk about these sorts of things and that im rtial creates more anxiety and more fear but now I’ve been through it I need to talk about it. “I get people on Twitter who tell me ‘I can’t be out of my house today, I am go to piecing so much’.

“Instead of thinking, ‘Get over it’, like some people energy, I think, ‘Hang on a second, I know exactly how you feel. “You think the in the seventh heaven’s going to end and you are never going to feel any better’. “But the minute you believe there is hope, you start to beat it.”

Peter Andre is working with Disney On Ice and EBC Learning on the Fit to Dance programme which inspires imagination, creativity and a healthy lifestyle. Assail FitToDance for more information.

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