With three children between them it’s fair to say that Kieran Hayler and his fiancée Michelle Penticost have their hands full when it comes to parenting, but after recently exclusively revealing that will be adding to their brood later this year, it sounds like things are going to get a whole lot busier!
And now exclusively for OK! VIP members, Kieran has opened up about all things parenting, from the challenges raising his children in the public eye to co-parenting with his former wife Kate Price and what he’s learnt from his previous relationship.
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When it comes to his top tips for co-parenting, Kieran opens up about his relationship with Katie in our exclusive video and says it’s important to “be honest” and “try to have the same views and rules”.
The 33 year olds reveals: “Top tips for co-parenting, especially with Kate, are be amicable, be honest and try to have the same views and rules.
“When I speak to Kate on the phone I’m very much like: ‘Jett shouldn’t be doing this, Bunny shouldn’t be doing that.’ We have to come to an agreement, they need to be in bed early, they’ve got school. Kate lives slightly further away now so they have a longer travelling trip to school.
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“It’s very good to be friendly with your ex partner that you have children with.”
Kieran recently revealed that Katie has moved to Essex and is two hours away from Jett and Bunny’s school. He explained: “It’s a long trip for the kids, but it’s a decision she made and I can’t do anything about it.”
The couple met in 2012 and tied the knot in 2013 in the Bahamas. One month after their wedding, Katie announced she was expecting their first child, son Jett, now seven, and the following the year the couple also welcomed daughter Bunny, now six.
Kieran also spoke about how the pair, who Katie said had finalised their divorce earlier this month, run “two different households”, and his is the one with “boundaries”.
“I think there are two types of parents you can be, either strict or relaxed. I’m sort of in the middle,” he says.
“I’m relaxed in certain aspects but I have to have boundaries with my kids because they come from two different households and two very different households so one side has boundaries and the other side doesn’t have boundaries. I’m the side that definitely has boundaries.”
Kieran and Katie’s relationship was certainly not without its drama and during their marriage the former stripper confessed that he had cheated on Katie with two of her friends, Jane Poutney and Chrissy Thomas.
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Opening up about what he has learnt from past relationships, Kieran tells new magazine: “From past relationships you learn a lot. There is a lot of life lessons to be learned. Just respect, honesty and trust are massive things in a relationship.”
Adding that he needs to “repair” his relationship with Katie following their ill-fated marriage he adds: “In my previous relationship some of those were ruined so now it’s time to repair them and I feel like I’ve changed myself. I’m happy, I’m in love and I’m super excited for the new arrival.”
Earlier this week Kieran and his fiancée Michelle, who is already mum to Valentino, 10, exclusively revealed that she is four months pregnant with their first child.
Sharing his joy at having another family member on the way, Kieran says he thinks it will help his and Michelle’s family blend together. “I’m super excited for the little one to arrive. I think it’s going to be a great way to merge two families together. The kids are excited, we’re excited, so roll on the summer,” he says.
Kieran continues: “I’m really looking forward to seeing the roles they kids take with the baby I think that Bunny will love it. I think it will be like a new dolly for her to play with. I think Jett and Valentino will be that older, big brother and protective. I think they’re really looking forward or it.”
As for being a step dad, Kieran says he treats the role no differently to his role as a dad.
“Being a dad to a step child is no different than being a dad to your child. I take on that role as the children are mine and that it basically it. The children are mine and that’s how I treat them, exactly like they’re my own,” he says.
The dad of two also revealed that he still has contact with Katie’s children Harvey, 18, Junior, 15, and Princess, 13.
“When I FaceTime Jett and Bunny I speak to Junior, Princess and Harvey. It’s not very often because they’re never all there together at the same time but if they are there I interact, especially over FaceTime,” he says.
And with a mum as famous as Katie Price, Jett and Bunny have also had to get used to living a less than ordinary childhood.
So it’s not surprising to hear that Kieran wants to keep his children “as young as I can for as long as possible.”
“When your children are in the public eye it’s very hard to keep your children young because they tend to grow up quite quickly so trying to separate the public side of it and the at home side of it is very important to me,” he says.
“I like to make sure the kids are only ever in the public eye when I want them to be not all the time. They don’t have YouTube channels, they’re not on social media, they’re still very young and I want to keep them as young as I can for as long as possible.”
As for whether or not he and Michelle will be increasing their brood further following their new addition’s arrival, Kieran hints that baby number two for the pair could also be on the cards.
He says: “We have two boys and one girl in our family. I think if this baby is a girl that would compete it, if it’s a boy then I know that Michelle will probably like to go a bit further and maybe have one more but that’s something we’ll have to talk about. Never say never.
“The dream for me now as a family is move into our new house altogether, have a nice, healthy happy family, a happy healthy new arrival and to be married to Michelle and live happily ever after.”