The mum-of-five, who was treated to two bouquets from Carl Woods on Valentine’s Day, has decided not to take part on the MTV series.
A representative for the 42 year old told The Sun: “Katie has commitments in the UK and is certainly focused on a super exciting year ahead.
“Katie’s so busy at the moment – she doesn’t have time and now the show has moved it’s tough to reschedule.
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“She also doesn’t want to be away from her family or Carl for a long time.
“She’s talked a lot about how she wants to be engaged soon and won’t be able to bring him – or her kids – with her if she does have to go into a filming bubble.”
Katie’s decision to back out of the show comes after filming was said to have been pushed back by four months because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The new series, which is being filmed in Colombia, was supposed to be beginning production at the end of February but in light of the new Covid-19 travel restrictions, it’s been rescheduled for June.
Stars such as Jack Fincham and Georgia Steel, who are expected to take part, may be reconsidering doing the show as there is concern over whether they can make the new dates.
A seperate source told The Sun: “Ex On The Beach has been pushed back from February until June because of the pandemic.
“It’s one of MTV’s popular shows and they are determined it can go ahead.
“But this scheduling change has caused headache for the bookers, who’ve been hard at work securing celebs for the show,” the insider expressed.
“Jack Fincham and Georgia Steel have signed up to take part, along with their exes, but now it’s all up in the air as they may not be able to make the new dates.
“Those working on the show have a raft of talent they still want to tap up however so they do have a back up plan should people have to drop out.”
The source concluded: “Getting a show of this magnitude off the ground isn’t going to be easy but the team behind Ex On The Beach think they can make it work.”
Katie’s representative confirmed to OK! Online that she won’t be taking part on Ex On The Beach.