Jeremy McConnell has denied “neglecting” his son Caben, who he shares with his ex-girlfriend Stephanie Davis.
The Celebrity Big Brother star, who is expecting a baby girl with his girlfriend Kate McCreath, no longer sees his first child Caben – after he was found guilty of assaulting Stephanie in 2017.
Speaking about his estranged relationship with his son, Jeremy said: “A lot of people say I don’t care about my child because I’m moving on but what options was I left with? I’m damned if I do and damned if I don’t.”
“People say to me ‘Why are you acting like you have just one child?’ But there’s a time and a place.”
“Anyone that has half a brain cell needs to understand the reason I am not part of Caben’s life is because not every situation can be fixed,” he told the MailOnline.
“I protect my son as much as I can. It’s not neglecting, it’s protecting. I’m a very loving father. This is better for Caben.”
“My priority is my baby girl because it’s in my control – I have rights over that. My main focus is my girl,” he continued.
“I’ve done all the things I needed to do in order to get where I am now. I’ve got an amazing job and I’ve moved myself away from certain things.”
Jeremy also praised Stephanie for being a good mother, but admitted he was hurt when he found out that Caben was calling Stephanie’s now ex-boyfriend Owen Warner “dad”.
He said: “I can’t speak about it much for legal reasons, but Steph is doing a great job. She’s doing really well and I know she’s a good mum.”
“But you can imagine how hard it was for me. Some 20-year-old being called dad in her last relationship. I thought the whole thing was really distasteful.”
Jeremy has turned his life around since finding himself sitting in jail on Christmas Day in 2017.
He explained: “Going to prison was a massive wake up call. I had to sit myself down and say, ‘This is it now.’ It was hard because in this country people don’t accept rehabilitation well. People need to believe that you can change.”
“A leopard never changes his spots isn’t true – I have proven that I have rehabilitated. I hope over a two year period I’ve shown that. I was an embarrassment to myself. I acted like a f**king d**khead.”
Jeremy continued: “My dad always told me where there’s drink, there’s trouble. People don’t realise when you have depression and a mental illness that you don’t like yourself as a person.”
“Especially when you don’t have your parents around saying what’s right or wrong. But I can’t change the past. I was trying to be a bad boy but really I’m not. I was a virgin until I was 18! I’m a well brought up man, I just got lost down that path.”