Katie Piper Reveals Baby Daughter Belle Will Walk Her Up The Wedding Aisle

05/01/2015 11:29 | Updated 20 May 2015

Katie Piper

Katie Piper has revealed that her baby daughter Belle will walk her up the aisle when she eventually ties the knot with fiancé James.

Although no wedding date has yet been set, the 31-year-old revealed the couple wanted Belle to play a big role in the ceremony.

Katie told the Sunday Mirror: "Belle is part of a whole new world I never thought would be accessible."

"Knowing we're going to be a full family unit has really made my life complete. We've been watching her trying to stand up and walk and saying it would be great if she could walk down the aisle with us.

"Plus I think it will be nice for Belle that we'll all have the same surname as a family. I can't wait for it all to be official."

Katie became well known after her ex-boyfriend arranged for someone to throw acid in her face in 2008.

After the attack, the model, who has had 100 operations to treat her injuries, thought she'd never find love again. But James popped the question last month and the couple are now planning their dream wedding.

She told the Mirror: "It was such a lovely end to the year.

"Getting engaged, being a family and having our first Christmas as a family. I will always remember this year for those things.

"We had 29 people for Christmas – his family, my family and it was Belle's first one and was really nice.

"Straight afterwards, on Boxing Day, we went on holiday to Mauritius to relax on the beach. We both work so hard and were a bit worried about how we were going to find time to plan the wedding.

"We decided the best thing to do was to pack a load of bridal magazines and lay on the beach and talk about what we would want.

"There are no definite plans and we haven't set the exact date, but I don't think it's going to be a long engagement so we might as well get going."

Belle was born in March 2014, and the couple are already planning how they will tell their daughter about her mum's injuries.

Katie – who will present the new series of Bodyshockers on Channel 4 tonight (January 5) - said: "I've thought about telling her about what happened to me and by taking her to work at the charity it hopefully acts to normalise my injuries.

"I'll be really honest and bring it into the way we educate her about safety in the home and out in the world and say, these things happen, not very often but they do. I don't think I will be shoving my books on her and saying 'read this'. She will probably think, 'Oh my God Mum, you are boring'.

"She comes to work with me a lot so she has already met people who are burnt or disabled and that's really important to me.

"I was brought up in a village and the first time I met someone from another country I was like 'wow'. Hopefully her life will be a lot broader."

Katie also revealed that, despite her success, she still lacks confidence in her looks.

She said: "On the red carpet I still feel inadequate and ­intimidated. I do really suffer anxieties about how I look, but I can walk the walk. And having Belle put me in situations where all the old feelings about how I look came flooding back.

"To start with I felt nervous at mummy and baby groups because it was loads of new people and I don't really like that. I thought they would think 'why does she look like that'. All the thoughts of years ago came flooding back.

"But then I realised it was selfish if I didn't go for Belle."


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