Katie Piper has revealed that her daughter Belle has started to ask her about the scars left on her face following the horrific acid attack she suffered almost a decade ago. In a new interview with the Sun, the 33-year-old said she has had to explain her injuries to her inquisitive three-year-old. "She asks about the scars and I explain, 'Mummy got burnt'," Katie said. "Sometimes she'll ask if it hurts and I tell her it used to but not any more. When I go into hospital for operations on my nose she'll come with me and she has her own little doctor's kit."
Katie Piper has revealed daughter Belle has started to ask her about her scars
Katie was left permanently disfigured after ex-boyfriend Daniel Lynch arranged for the attack on 31 March, 2008. The resilient star has since gone on to find success in her career and happiness in her personal life, with husband Richard Sutton and their little girl. Katie continued: "She's recently started asking about it, which I thought was so early. She'll say things like, 'Your tubes are so cool!' She thinks they are similar to jewellery and she'll ask where her tubes are. There are pictures of me in bandages and with my mask on around the house and we're very open about things, so it won't be a big reveal one day. She's aware of everything that's going on and we tell her what she wants to know when she asks."
The inquisitive three-year-old has her own doctor's kit
Katie also opened up about her "irreplaceable" and "solid" relationships with Richard and Belle, and revealed her little girl "has a real personality now". She said: "She's a lot like me. She's determined, bossy and headstrong, which makes me so proud. She's also got a proper Essex accent and she's great at making friends."
The star was asked if her own experience has made her more protective of Belle. "Yes and no," she replied. "I've taken my own precautions to protect her, such as not putting pictures of her on social media. But I don't want to be that person who prevents Belle from doing things because of my past. I always try to pass on a positive mind-set to her. She's at an age where she copies things I say, so I won't repeat any negative affirmations about how I look or feel. I don't want her growing up thinking like that. Of course I have highs and lows like everyone else, but I make more effort to be positive now because of her."