Peter Andre’s pain over mum’s ‘very difficult’ dementia and Parkinson’s battle

Peter Andre has opened up about his mum’s “very difficult” health battle after she was diagnosed with vascular dementia and Parkinson’s disease.

The singer, 50, is expecting his third child with wife Emily. The couple are already parents to Millie, nine, and Theo, seven, and Pete is also dad to Princess, 16 and Junior, 18.

After sharing their pregnancy news with their families, Pete has revealed they delayed telling his mum Thea, 86, who lives in Australia with his dad Savvas, amid her declining health, in case anything went wrong.

“I didn’t want to risk later having to break bad news. Heaven forbid if something went wrong, it would have really hurt my mama,” he told OK! .

“She’s always been so strong as a person, so to all of a sudden see her not so strong is hard. But she’s so thrilled and asks every day about the bump.”

Pete added: “We are such a close family and seeing them decline like that is very difficult. They’ve been married 68 years now. It’s unbelievable, they’re a real inspiration.”

The plan was also to keep the pregnancy a secret from the kids until Emily passed the three-month mark, but it didn’t quite work out that way.

“I was really excited to tell the kids, but we decided it was sensible to wait in case something went wrong — we couldn’t face delivering bad news,” Peter added.

“Then one day, without thinking, I asked Junior to pick up a prescription from the pharmacy for Emily, and he rang me and said, ‘Dad, I’ve got to tick a box saying if she’s pregnant or not.’ What could I do? So Junior found out a little earlier, but that really wasn’t the plan!”

Earlier this year, Pete and the family flew Down Under to visit his parents, sharing a string of special snaps on social media.

He wrote alongside: “These last two weeks have meant the world to us. Mum, you have no idea how much we love you and Dad.”

Peter has previously shared his plans to spend more time in Australia with his parents as he told MailOnline: "For me, it's about seeing my mum and dad and the kids and Emily seeing them. That's what it's about, they're getting very old now and it's always an anxious time of year.

"I went to Australia earlier this year, I'm glad to be spending more time there because of my mum now. So, I try and go three or four times of year if I can now."

And he previously spoke to OK! about his mum’s health, revealing she was "struggling".

"My parents celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary last week. 67 years! It’s pretty amazing. Dad’s going to be 90 next year and mum’s 86," he shared.

"Mum’s struggling at the moment, though. She’s not doing great. She’s suffering a bit and declining."

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