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Peter Andre has made a gushing tribute to his eldest son, Junior, as he celebrates his latest birthday – but his teen son thinks his dad treats him differntly to his sister, Princess.

The 48-year-old father-of-four might be feeling a little older himself now that his son – who he shares with ex-wife Katie Price – has turned 16-years-old.

Junior reached the landmark year on Sunday, with proud dad Peter pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate – with a garden party and huge cake being publicised on Instagram.

Peter and Junior have also teamed up for a joint photoshoot with OK! magazine where the proud father has waxed lyrical about how proud he is to been the teenager’s father.

Peter Andre has paid tribute to his son, Junior, on his 16th birthday
(Image: Instagram)

Peter gushed to the publication about how impressed he is by Junior’s maturity – while also sharing insight into how strict he is as a father.

He said: “He has a heart of gold and he’s a beautiful kid. I couldn’t be prouder of the person he’s grown into.

“I can be strict but at the same time he knows if he’s ever concerned or upset he can talk to me about absolutely everything.

Peter and Junior disagreed on how strict his parenting rules are
(Image: Peter Andre/Instagram)

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“Although I think sometimes he would prefer to talk to [Peter’s wife] Emily as she might know things on a deeper level than me! Especially medical things.”

Meanwhile, Junior suggested his dad is stricter with him than he is on his 13-year-old sister, Princess.

The teen said: “I do get quite a bit of freedom and I think that comes from me respecting him. But I feel there are certain things he’s too strict on and when I’m always good I wonder why.

Junior is the oldest child of Peter – who welcomed his son with ex-wife Katie Price
(Image: officialjunior_andre/Instagram)

“For me what’s harder to understand is that the same rules don’t apply to Princess.

“He is way more lenient with her. I wasn’t allowed to take my phone up to my room to do homework but Princess is. I also had to go private on Instagram when I was at my dad’s. Princess is public on Instagram and dad is very against that but he still lets her do it.”

However, Pete argued: "if I’ve ever been harsh I always say sorry. I think I’ve let the reins go a bit.

"When Princess was younger I used to say she’s going to be a nun and I’ll never let her meet up with boys. Now she’s 13 she asks to meet up with friends, both girls and boys, and of course I let her.'"

Junior and Princess are both Peter’s children with ex-wife Katie, whom he was married to between 2005 and 2009.

Proud mum Katie also paid tribute to Junior on his birthday
(Image: Instagram)

Peter is now married to doctor Emily MacDonagh, with whom he has two more children, seven-year-old Amelia and four-year-old Theo.

Katie marked Junior’s birthday yesterday by sharing a montage of photos of him on Instagram.

She wrote: “Junior. My absolute world! From the moment Junior was born he's been by my side, and now he has grown into a gorgeous little man and the world is his oyster.”