DEVASTATED Katie Price has made the heart-wrenching decision to put disabled son Harvey into care.
The 18-year-old will live in a residential college in a move to teach him how to have a more independent life and learn new skills.
Katie, 42, told The Sun: “It breaks my heart. I don’t want him to think I’m just getting rid of him.”
The TV star has raised disabled Harvey mostly as a single mother.
Admitting it is too painful to think about breaking their incredible bond, Katie said the move gives him the best chance to forge an independent life.
The pair have spent six months visiting colleges for children with autism and learning disabilities. They hope Harvey can start at their top choice later this year.
Mum-of-five Katie said: “It’s so upsetting to think I won’t see him every day but this is the best thing for Harvey and we have to think positively because I don’t want him to think I’m just getting rid of him.
“This is his chance to live an independent life, learn skills and socialise with people other than me.
“I’m trying to get him used to me not being there all the time. But he’ll call on his iPad and say, ‘Mum, I need you’, and I run to him.
“When he’s three hours away it will break my heart because I won’t be able to get there as I’ve got to juggle him with my other kids.
“When he goes to college he will learn to be an adult. He says now, ‘Mummy, I’m not a boy, I’m a man.’
“The other kids are excited for him — they want to see what he can do. But I think they’ll find it hard when he’s not around on weekends.
“I need to learn to let go but it’s tough — anyone in my position knows how hard it is.
“We have an incredible bond. I don’t know how Harvey will react or how he’ll feel when I can’t get to him. It’s too painful to think about.”
Katie, 42, has her heart set on the Northern Star long-term living accommodation in Cheltenham, Gloucs.
Harvey’s autism means loud noises and slamming doors can cause him to lash out unpredictably, headbutting walls and smashing windows.
At 6ft 2in and almost 29st, it is too hard for 5ft 4in Katie to calm or restrain him.