Peter Andre: ‘I’m not perfect but I’m helping Junior learn from my mistakes’

Doting dad Peter Andre has spent the week reflecting on the life lessons he's able to pass onto his eldest son Junior, who earlier this year celebrated his 18th birthday.

Writing in his weekly OK! column, the father-of-four insists he's trying not to be hypocritical when it comes to the way he parents Junior, as well as his two daughters Princess, 16, and Millie, nine, as well as youngest son Theo, six.

"I’m far from perfect and don’t always get things right," Peter, 50, writes. "But as a parent it’s my job to try to point them in the right direction."

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The Aussie singer – who shares son Junior and daughter Princess with glamour model ex-wife Katie Price – admits he's tried to give his youngsters some "words of wisdom on what I would say to my younger self and how I’ve changed over the years".

He adds: "I’m trying to show him that as we get older, parents learn from their mistakes and pass that knowledge down to their kids."

"For example, if I was to still sit holding a cigarette and say 'don’t ever smoke', it would be very hypocritical," Peter – who shares youngest children Millie and Theo with wife Emily Macdonagh – continues.

"But if I used to smoke and say, 'Please don’t smoke because it’s not good for you,' then it’s because I learned from the past."

And on the topic of family, Peter also uses his column to congratulate his doctor wife Emily on what will be her 34th birthday (16 August).

"Although of course I will be wishing her a happy birthday on the day, I just want to take this opportunity to wish her a very special day with all of you," Peter gushes.

"We don’t have anything specific planned at the moment as she’s really busy with work, but we will plan something later in the year.

"Emily, you are the best and we all hope you enjoy yourself!"

Speaking of congratulatory shout-outs, Peter also takes the time to wish his Cooking With The Stars pal, Coronation Street actress Samia Longchambon, on winning the series last week.

"She was such a worthy winner, and it was a privilege to be in the final," Peter reflects.

"In fact, I predicted from day one she or Joanna Page would take the trophy as they’re so talented.

"But like I’ve said before, I couldn’t believe I made it past the first round! A cooking show is now ticked off my “30 years” celebration bucket list."

Peter then teases: "Speaking of Cooking With The Stars, you may not have seen the last of Rosemary Shrager and I as we’ve got something exciting up our sleeves.

"She was so supportive of me during the show, not to mention funny, too, so watch this space…"

And when it comes to passion projects, Peter reveals his busy schedule "doesn’t seem to be stopping any time soon", as he's signed up to another theatre gig.

"I’ll be taking to the stage for Grease The Musical at the Dominion Theatre in London for a few weeks," he explains. "I’ll be sharing the stage on certain nights with my friend and fellow Aussie Jason Donovan, so look out for that!

"In the meantime I’m looking forward to catching up on some TV. There’s a show on Netflix called Hijack, with Idris Elba – it looks amazing."

On the subject of on-screen hits, Strictly Come Dancing is officially back for another year!

And former contestant Peter – who took part in the 13th series back in 2015, where he and partner Janette Manrara placed seventh – has some words of advice for the upcoming stars.

"With the celeb contestants being announced for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, it’s got me reflecting on my time on the show," he writes.

"I won’t lie, it was the most wonderful but stressful thing I’ve ever done in my life.

"The dancing is really technical because even if you’re good at one type of dance, for example street dancing, turning your hand to ballroom or a salsa is a whole other thing."

"I really take my hat off to anyone who signs up for Strictly," he continues. "It’s a brilliant show though, that people of all ages can enjoy. Bring on the glitz and glamour!"

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