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|PETER ANDRE'S BEDSIDE VIGIL 'THIS CANCER HAS TORN ME APART'
PETER ANDRE ENJOYS A RELAXING HOLIDAY BEFORE FLYING HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD FOR A FAMILY
How are you Peter?
Not great. It's been a pretty hard two weeks, to be honest - the most important weeks of my life.
How is Andrew doing?
We were pretty positive that the operation was going to be a success because, according to the scan, there was a major chance that it was,
but there was no definite way of knowing until after the
How are the family coping?
As a family we have always felt so blessed to have avoided cancer - it's the one world that has never entered our family - so when Andrew
was diagnosed it was terrifying. My parents are in an awful state. It's a huge operation.
Have you told your kids?
Yes, they know I've been away because Uncle Andrew is poorly, as I have spoken to them every day. Junior has been speaking to Andrew
and he keeps asking him if he has been bitten by a snake as that's what he associates with Australia which has made Andrew laugh.
Cancer is a big word and you immediately think of death - are you scared for Andrew's life?
Yes, because if the cancer has spread it could be fatal. There are times when he can't get up and other times he's up and about and happy.
What happened when you found out?
As soon as I was told it was so serious, I got on a flight, even though I'd just got back from Zanzibar. I didn't even think about it. Family
Are you now thinking differently, having been through what you have this week?
Completely differently. I have had some things happen to me in the last few months that have changed me. I have to focuse on the future
and my family, they are what is the most important.
What are the most important things in life to you now?
My children and my family, 100 per cent.
How would you cope with leaving your children behind?
I can't even comprehend that thought to be honest, I don't want to at the moment.
Tell us about Zanzibar...
It was life changing and all because of Dr Ru MacDonagh - I wanted to give something back because he was the doctor who operated on
me when I was having problems last year. Every time I went to the bathroom, I was peeing blood, not urine, but every doctor I went to
couldn't tell me what was wrong.
What was wrong?
A kidney stone was lodged and filling up with poison - it put me through hell. My stomach was starting to expand from my kidneys and at
one point you could actually see my kidney sticking out. God knows what would have happened to me if Dr Ru hadn't found the stone and
rushed me in for surgery. I was collapsing and blanking out constantly and waking up screaming in excruciating pain, so Dr Ru is like a hero
to my family. I went to Zanzibar with him as he works with the charity Health Improvement Zanibar and in the first hospital I went to, two
babies died in front of me. That was the worst thing I'd ever seen. Dr Ru has already worked wonders out there and I hope to
help him turn things around completely over there.
What are you going to do to help?
I will be going back out to Zanzibar as soon as I can and start making a difference. I am also going to arrange a big ball later this year to
raise money and hope to take some people out there to see it for themselves. When you see the people over there and how they suffer, it
changed my whole outlook on my life and massively put things into perspective. I want to help them be
self-supporting and change the system so that when mums and their babies are ill, they have access to medication. The last month has been
You said recently that you were ready to give up showbiz - is that true?
No, I don't want to give up showbiz. I still love it, but I'm certainly going to share my time to do other things like charity work in Zanzibar.
You said you don't enjoy the industry - has the buzz gone for you?
I love my job but I'm now expanding as a businessman and also into more rewarding work. I'm going to get to a point where I will be much
happier doing projects like Zanzibar. I think you just realise what is important in life. But I'll never give up totally, my fans are too important
What will it take for you to walk away?
I've had a great run, I got signed up in 1990 so for 22 years I've done a lot. I have my tour at the end of this year and that will be amazing as
well as lots of TV projects, so it definitely won't be too soon. I'm talking maybe in my fifties that I might start winding down, don't worry!
Has the industry lived up to what you thought it would be?
Yes, I'm always grateful for what I've got. My kids are financially secure. I could stop work tomorrow and be happy, but I'm too young to
give up just yet. I love people and that will never change.
Does the thought of not being famous scare you?
No, I know it might not last forever and that attitude has kept me going. I walked awat before. I can do that again.
Will it be easier to meet a women being outside of the limelight?
Maybe, but when I settle down and get serious with someone it could well be someone who is out of the industry and maybe a much more
private relationship. I hope it is, to be honest.
How do you know that girls aren't just after a slice of your fame?
You figure it out, that probably why I haven't been in a relationship for a while. I'd love to settle down, but you've got to be sure. Last year I
had a lot of fun but that's not fulfilling. This year has started a different way, I'm more focused. But can you just meet someone and it just
happens? I don't know.
Do you think you have a shelf life?
I don't know. Most of the media have been good to me, but if they don't think I'll sell a magazine and they don't want me on the cover, then
I appreciate that.
What is the downside of fame?
We all get caught up in our own bubble but the minute I went to Zanzibar, all of a sudden I thought that whatever problem you've got , it's
not a life or death situation. why would I focus on something someone has said when I could be focusing on helping somebody? That was
my lesson of 2012.
What was the lowest point in your career?
I walked away from the industry in 1998. I stepped away for three months which turned into three years, and in that time I had all the panic
Amy Childs has had a lot of hate mail on Twitter - have you suffered that?
Cyber-bullying shouldn't be allowed, it's the weakest type of bullying, to hide behind a computer, and it's wrong. Anyone out there saying
something bad about someone else is a bully.
Has showbiz made you thick-skinned?
Not at all. I always focused on what people throught of me, but Zanzibar was a massive wake-up call. At the end of the day, I'm just a tiny
grain of sand in the world - even if I am a grain of sand with a six-pack! I just want to live my life around people I love and who love me.
When you suffered meningitis, how were you feeling at your worse?
Sometimes I didn't know what was happening or whether I was awake or asleep. I didn't know what day it was - it was like being in a
When you were suffering 30 panic attacks a day, what did you feel like?
I feared I would die. It was only my family who stopped me taking my own life.
What happened during the attacks?
I was freaking out, yelling, screaming and shaking. I couldn't blot out the scenes flashing round my mind of slicing my wrists and jumping
out of windows. My brother only had to look at me to know I needed to be in hospital.
Interview by Chrissie Reeve