The husband of Katie Price's best friend, Jane Pountney, has denied claims made by the model that his wife had a seven-month affair with her husband, Kieran Hayler.
Derrick Pountney and his wife held crisis talks with Katie and her stripper husband at their home in Hove, East Sussex on Wednesday.
Katie Price and Kieran Hayler
But the 51-year-old businessman - who has been married to Jane for 11 years - says the feud was a 'storm in a teacup' but also revealed he didn't know if either marriage could survive.
Speaking about the row, Derrick said: “We are good friends of Katie and Kieran’s and have been good friends of Katie for a good 20 years.
“A lot of this drama has been a storm in a teacup and there’s a lot of misunderstandings to sort out.
“Jane and Katie have had a good old chat here this afternoon.
“Will she and Kieran break up, or could they get back together? I don’t really know.
“As for Jane and I working things out... again, I don’t know.
“This ‘affair’ has not really happened like it has been portrayed. I’ve known about it for about four weeks myself.
“All four of us are good friends, but things between Kieran and Jane just went a bit far.
“There has not been a ‘full blown’ affair going on, it was more like a drunken kiss.
“Now Katie has gone and put the whole thing for everyone to read about on Twitter, which she didn’t really need to do, and a drunk kiss has turned into a full-on affair.
“That’s not the case. I knew about what had happened before today, it’s not new to me.
“There were tears shed here today, all sorts went on. But Katie and Jane talked, they have been friends a long time and they are OK now.
“I was at Katie’s house earlier today and brought Kieran round here. I see myself as the peacemaker of the group.
“Everyone is just about on speaking terms now. I hope they can work it out.”
Katie arrives at Derrick and Jane Pountney's home yesterday for crisis talks
Katie, who is six months pregnant with her second child with Kieran, issued an official statement on her website last night, in which she appeared to stand by her initial tweets earlier in the day.
"I appreciate most people will have seen my tweets on the subject of my marriage to Kieran,” she wrote. “I make no apologies for them though it will be appreciated that, sending them immediately after Kieran confirmed to me what he had been doing for the last 7 months, those tweets were a sign of my heart breaking.
“This statement however is from my head, not my heart,” she adds. “I am appalled that someone I loved, trusted and believed in has behaved in this way. If he had so little respect for our relationship I would have hoped he would have thought about our child or the one that we have on the way.
“That he did not means he will no longer be part of my life. I will do all I can to ensure he maintains a relationship with his children should he want that.
“I am so grateful for the love of my children and family at this time.”
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