Carl Woods and Katie Price finally made their debut as an engaged couple on live TV today, with the ex-glamour model insisting that she is more loved up than ever.
But while Katie believes that it’s eighth time lucky – and that she and Carl are trying for a baby – body language expert Judi James has suggested that subtle hints show that their fairytale love story might not last the distance.
In particular, Carl’s responses to Katie hint that he has doubts about their plans for the future.
Judi tells the Mirror how their body language shows how the couple truly feel about one another…
He might look like a Love Island composite and therefore the perfect selfie partner for any social media pose-off but does hunky Carl show any signs of being the man to finally waltz Katie off into that romantic sunset she’s been craving for so long?
During their appearance on GMB, it looks more about the verbals than the non-verbal, sadly. Katie has always been the one to talk up a relationship but the mantra is ‘show, don’t tell’ when it comes to love and there was little here in the way of those small, subtle tie-signs and body language synchronicity that tend to show real depth.
Sitting apart here, Katie fills the gap with a rigid-fingered, palm-up hand gesture that looks borderline dismissive. Her chin is up, showing she’s very proud to talk about their relationship but while she talks Carl’s eyes are fixed on Susanna and we can see him silently revving up to interrupt his fiancé.
When Carl does speak we can see Katie use a hair-preen gesture, smoothing her hair with her left hand as though either blocking his words or forming a non-verbal barrier.
When Carl talks about children his ‘I would love children on my own’ sounds oddly-worded. His left hand comes out in a lidding or flattening gesture as though trying to calm the subject down. As he speaks, Katie keeps her body facing forward and just turns her head towards him, keeping her hands clasped on her lap, rather than forming a body language double-act.
There are no signs of mirroring here to suggest like-minded thinking. When Carl says he previously ‘swore I would never date a girl who had kids’ Katie performs what looks like a mocking laugh rather than the kind of adoring smile and eye-gaze that might show the couple reflecting on how love had changed his mind.
The couple do use eye contact after Carl has spoken but they keep leaning apart slightly, as though trying to read one another. When Carl says ‘We don’t argue’ the rise in his vocal tone at the end makes it sound like a question rather than a statement.
The problem for Katie is, as much as we want to see her happily in love and paired off at last, we have also seen her presenting so many wrong guys to the camera in terms of finding ‘the one’ and sadly there’s no non-verbal signals here to reassure fans that Carl is the lucky man who will finally give Katie the long-term relationship she clearly wants.