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24 October 2018, 16:37 | Updated: 24 October 2018, 16:43
The 40-year-old model has since denied claims that she was hoping to reconnect with the Pop Idol star.
Since breaking up with his fiancé and hitting the gym, Gareth Gates has reportedly caught the attention of Katie Price, 16 years after he famously lost his virginity
The Sun Online exclusively reported that the 40-year-old model sent 'flirty messages' to the Pop Idol star just before she checked into The Priory to get help for drink and drug usage.
An insider told the publication: "Katie's back in contact with Gareth. She read that he's single again and wanted to say hi and see how he was after the split.
"She loves to message exes after a few drinks, so just before she went back into rehab she sent him a few late night messages after getting his number from a mutual friend."
However, a representative for Katie has since told the Mail Online that there's no truth to the reports.
Gareth recently split from Coronation Street actress Faye Brookes and has since been hitting the gym, leaving fans stunned with his body transformation.
Back in July 2017, Katie - then married to Kieran Hayler - revealed she would have sex with Gareth again if she was single.
Asked by The Sun if she would rekindle the romance with Gareth, she explained: "If I wasn't married, of course! I would do anyone if I wasn't married."
It comes just weeks after Katie's ex-husband Peter Andre reveals he keeps their children away from the internet to avoid them seeing reports about her personal life.
Peter Andre shares children Junior, 13, and Princess, 11, with Katie Price - but the former lovers decided it would be best for Peter to have custody of the youngsters while Katie deals with her split from Kieran Hayler.
Speaking on an episode of Lorraine, he admitted: "When it comes to kids and newspapers and the internet, I try my best to avoid them seeing it, because there are lots of stories about lots of things."
Taking a cheeky swipe at recent reports of Katie's personal struggles, he added: "See how diplomatic I'm being?"