Peter Andre can't wait for his tattoo in honour of ex-wife Katie Price to be "gone".

The singer has had the first of three treatments at a clinic in Brighton to remove the inking of the glamour model's name from his wedding finger and admits it will be a relief to be rid of the body art.

He wrote in his column for new! magazine: "I've been saying for quite a while now that it was time to think about removing my Katie tattoo on my wedding finger, and I've finally done something about it. I'm having it lasered off and I've had my first session already. It'll take a few treatments to get rid of it properly, though. I'm really looking forward to it being gone."

The 37-year-old pop star - who has two children, Junior, four, and two-year-old Princess Tiaamii, with Katie and is stepfather to her seven-year-old son Harvey from a previous relationship - reportedly paid £240 for the course of treatment and was spotted last week with a plaster around his finger.

Shortly after their split Peter, 37, insisted he wasn't interested in removing the tattoo.

He said at the time: "Getting rid of my tattoo is nowhere near a priority and I don't think I will. I don't want the kids to pick up on any hostilities between us so I need to put them first."

Katie - who is now married to cage fighter Alex Reid - also used to have a tattoo on her wrist of her ex-husband's name, but the 31-year-old star had a black cross put through it only a few weeks after their break-up in May 2009.