When we last chatted with Peter Andre and his wife Emily for a joint shoot, doctor Emily was busy working on the front lines of the fight against Covid.
Now, while the 32-year-old tells us her work is still busy, her 48-year-old hubby is equally as rushed off his feet.
Between gigs, film shoots and touring with the hit musical Grease as characters Teen Angel and Vince Fontaine, the star has barely been at home to spend quality time with his wife of six years and their two young children, Millie, seven, and four-year-old Theo.
“This morning, when Theo held me before school he didn’t want to let go,” he tells us.
Adding more chaos into the mix is Pete’s older children’s blossoming careers.
Junior, 16, is busy recording after signing a record deal, while Pete tells us Princess, 14, is determined to forge a career in the music business too. Of course they’ll have their dad, who’s had huge international chart success, by their sides to offer a few words of wisdom.
Speaking of supporting his eldest son, the father-of-four tells us, “I’ll be standing next to him the whole time and be his point of call!”
Here, for our gorgeous couple’s shoot, Pete and Emily open up to OK! about juggling family with work, rarely sharing a crossed word and why they’ve ruled
out the idea of adding to their brood anytime soon…
Hi both. How are the kids doing?
Emily: Everyone is really good. It’s a busy household. I know now what our parents went through having a million children and trying to be in four places at once.
How is Theo getting on at school?
Emily: He’s settling in. He is just so tired and a little bit more emotional than usual. He really loves drawing and painting, he also really loves PE. He’s got such a good memory. Every day he’ll tell me exactly what he’s done that day and what he had for lunch.
How is work, Emily? Has it calmed down or are you still feeling the effects of the pandemic?
Emily: It’s really different depending on where you work in the NHS at the moment. For me, I think the effects of the pandemic are still being felt in terms of people’s mental health as people are still feeling the effects of being isolated, working from home and not being able to see family during lockdown.
Of course. And, Pete, you’re super busy touring too…
Pete: Yep. All the gigs that were booked last year were moved to this year, then when Grease got confirmed we had to work those dates around all the gigs, so it’s basically been seven days a week for two months. I still kept busy over the pandemic, but I was at home so much filming things and writing music. The good thing was that I got to see the family daily. I love being on stage and it’s been great getting back out there. I appreciate it a lot more now.
You’ve got a lot on…
Pete: I love it though. Grease goes to the first week of December and then I start work on a film. Another film I was in with Junior – On The Other Foot – is coming out in November time. It’s really good, I’m adding another string to my bow moving into films as well, which is what I want to do. With acting, I want to earn my stripes and it’s still early days.
Has it been tough juggling being on tour with family time?
Pete: It’s hard. Obviously with Princess and Junior, they’re old enough to come to my gigs. I spend a lot of time with Junior with the music side, too, as I’ve just secured him the record deal. But Millie and Theo are younger and don’t get to go to a lot of things. I’ve found it harder not seeing those two. This morning, when Theo held me before school he didn’t want to let go.
Emily, have you found it hard with Pete being away?
Emily: I have. What choice do you have though? You’ve just got to get on with it. I do all the childcare. In the past we had childcare, but we decided I’m just going to do it now and I honestly really love it. Peter had some quality time with the children over the Covid pandemic, so it’s swings and roundabouts.
How is Junior getting on at college?
Pete: He loves it. He’s at a performing arts college, he’s so happy. Bista [Princess] is doing so well at school too. She’s doing her GCSE syllabus over the next two years.
Does she still want to be a singer?
Pete: She’s got a beautiful voice. It’s very different from what Junior’s doing, he’s got a different style. I’ve said to her from December, when I finish Grease, I’ll start taking her to the recording studio a couple of days a month and start co-writing nice songs for her. I don’t agree with them signing things before they are 16. My dad didn’t let me. Once she’s done all her GCSEs then she’s OK to sign something, like Junior has.
Emily: Princess is diligent, I never have to ask her to do her homework. Very occasionally she’ll come to me and say “I don’t understand this,” but it’s actually quite rare. She works so hard and is very organised.
Do you think they’d ever do something musically together?
Pete: I think Junior will move into the acting world. That’s a big thing for him.
Emily: He’s an amazing actor. He said to me yesterday he’s got a 30-page script to learn but it will be fine. It just comes to him really naturally.
Will we be seeing him in big feature films rather than selling millions of records, then?
Emily: I think he’ll do both!
Will you be quite involved in his career, Pete?
Pete: I’m going to oversee it. I’ll be standing next to him the whole time and be his point of call! He’s very secretive about his music, but it is unbelievable. I’m sure you’ll all hear it soon.
Do you think he sees you as a role model in the business?
Pete: Our styles are completely different. He’ll appeal to a whole new generation and I’m more appealing to the older generation. We’ll do some stuff together too, but that’s for later rather than now. I just want to focus on him, get him off the ground and doing his thing. I’m so proud of him.
Have you had to have the classic teenage chats about girls yet?
Pete: We always have chats! He’s a typical 16-year-old, but he’s a very respectful kid. He tells me exactly what time he’s coming home. I don’t even have to ask him. Princess is just 14, so she still has to do what I say, whereas Junior kind of does anyway even though he doesn’t have to now. They’re both very respectful though.
Have you had the “boyfriend chat” with Princess?
Pete: She talks a lot with Emily. I say to her, “If you listen to me, each year I’ll let the reins go a little bit more, but you’ve got to listen.” If you let them go too early, you’re in trouble and if you hold on too tight, they’ll rebel. So it’s finding the balance.
Do you think Millie and Theo might show an interest in singing and acting?
Emily: I don’t think they will. I could be wrong, but generally I think they are more shy.
You previously said you’d maybe consider another baby when Theo is at school. What are your thoughts now?
Pete: I have two words… hell no! For now, ha.
Emily: There are not enough days in the week! Millie does five clubs a week, Theo is doing swimming. If he starts more [activities], I don’t think I could have a newborn baby at the same time. At the moment, I’m pretty much stretched four ways. As much as Junior and Princess are very self-sufficient – and they are brilliant – they still need input from me. Throwing a baby in the mix, I couldn’t manage it at the moment. We are a big family and we all need each other.
Emily, you’re super close to Princess and Junior. That must be lovely…
Emily: I think with both of them, there’s always things you feel awkward to speak to your parents about. It could be anything. We have a slightly different relationship, maybe that’s why they will ask me questions about certain things. Also, with the job I do, I’ve always said to them that nothing is embarrassing to me. I think that’s always meant that they haven’t felt embarrassed to say stuff to me if they have to. They’re both really communicative teenagers.
Do you have time for date nights these days?
Emily: Pete would need to be home for date nights! It’s been too busy.
Pete: We’ve been married six years and known each other for over 10 years. When you build a foundation like that, these times are just temporary. After December, it will calm down and then next year’s work will be planned out a lot more. It’s looking very busy already, but it won’t be in such full-on blocks of time, which is good.
With children, teenagers and work, do tensions ever boil over at home?
Emily: We never have family arguments. I’ve never had an argument with Junior and Princess. Pete and I rarely argue. I don’t think Junior’s ever been in a mood with me and I’ve been his stepmum for nearly 10 years!
What are you excited for as a family?
Emily: We’re going to try and go away at some point with the kids. We’ve got Theo’s birthday in November and then Millie’s in January. I’ve got a book coming out soon about puberty for teenage girls, then I’ll have another one coming out after that for teenage boys. I’m really excited about that.
Pete: I’m trying to plan next year so it doesn’t mean I’m gone for seven days at a time! I think next year will be more planned as the last two years have been so uncertain.
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