Acid attack survivor, philanthropist, entrepreneur and soon to be mother-of-two
Describe yourself in three words
Positive, determined, confident.
What’s a typical day for you?
When not heavily pregnant, I like to set myself up for the day with an at-home workout on the treadmill or doing floor exercises. Then, I will make Belle’s breakfast and depending on what I’ve got going on work-wise that day will take her to kindergarten, or we’ll play together and then I’ll catch up on emails. I really enjoy cooking so in the evening I’ll prepare a nice healthy meal for the family, which we will eat at the table before snuggling up on the sofa watching a Disney film. Once Belle is asleep I will have a flick through social media and Richie and I will catch up on each other’s day before bed.
You’ve been called inspirational. Who inspires you?
The amazing people who volunteer at my charity, ‘The Katie Piper Foundation’ and my mum because she is so kind and resilient.
Is it important to be liked or respected?
I’m a huge believer in treating others how you would like to be treated and respect plays a big part in that, and is something I believe is very important. As far as being liked – there is always going to be someone who doesn’t like you but it’s how you deal with it that counts, and having the confidence to not let it knock you down.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
My wonderful surgeon once told me that worrying was the biggest waste of time. It never helps a situation so it’s something I try not to spend too much time doing.
What would you take to a desert island?
Can it be people? If so my family! If not, probably my favourite album ‘Thriller by Michael Jackson’. I could listen to it for hours!
What’s your favourite spot in London?
Ohhh that’s a difficult one as there are so many wonderful spots in London. Belle loves the park so Hyde Park would definitely have to be up there for spending quality family time together.
What’s your biggest luxury?
It would have to be going on holiday! We love taking family breaks together and have so much fun with Belle playing by the pool.
Tell us one thing that people don’t know about you.
I usually get by on just four hours’ sleep. For some reason, I’ve just never needed much sleep.
I watch so many Disney films these days – probably Moana!
Favourite date night?
Right now, I am so busy with work and heavily pregnant so it would probably have to be cooking a lovely dinner together and snuggling up on the sofa watching a film. Ask me when I’m not pregnant and I would probably say a romantic dinner out!
Who would be your green card?
I only have eyes for my husband!
What’s next for Katie Piper?
Family-wise, I am extremely excited to be welcoming my second child to the world just before Christmas and workwise, I have my first ever theatre tour ‘What’s In My Head’ starting in March 2018 which is extremely exciting as it will be a really intimate experience with my fans. Within it, I will discuss my own battles with anxiety and explain how I have overcome it. Insecurities exist in us all of us and adversity in life is unavoidable but this is my chance to hopefully be able to help others learn how to manage it.
Tickets for What’s In My Head are available at venue box offices and through Katie’s website www.katiepiperandyou.co.uk.
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