Singer Peter Andre poses for photographs in a Cadillac at ITV Studios during a photocall for his new program 'Peter Andre - The Next Chapter' on October 6, 2009 in London, England. (Getty Images)more pics »
Now that Peter Andre
and Katie Price
are officially divorced, does that mean the mud-slinging is finally over? We doubt it, but at least they're dunzo on paper. The "Behind Closed Doors" singer hugged his brother Michael Andre and agent Claire Powell in England yesterday, and was relieved that his 3-year marriage to the model is finally in the past. Peter Andre is now a free man (Getty Images).
He told the pair: “It’s over. I’ve moved on. It’s been hard but you guys have always been there for me. I’ve been hurt by this but I’m a stronger man now. I can cope with anything.”
According to friends, the 36-year-old singer, who has 2 children, Junior, 4, and 2-year-old Princess Tiaamii with Katie, and has raised her son Harvey, 7, like his own child, is planning muted celebrations to mark the end of the relationship.
One pal said: “On one hand he’s delighted, but the separation has been far from pain-free. Of course he’ll celebrate, but he has a lot of thinking to do.”
Peter, who pledged to remain celibate until his divorce was finalized, is now looking forward to dating other women. Another friend revealed: “He’s a hot-blooded man and the last few months have been difficult. But he’s always wanted to do the right thing by Kate and the kids. And that meant not being on the market until things died down. Now that moment has finally come. Pete was always 100 percent faithful during their marriage and even when the divorce was going through.”
Katie, 31, marked the divorce by claiming their marriage often felt like nothing more than a “business” deal. The brunette beauty, who is now dating cage-fighter Alex Reid
, said: “For me and Pete it is a business, we know the entertainment business is a fake world, not a real world.”
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