Former Celebrity Big Brother star Jeremy McConnell has spoken for the first time about his relationship with his son Caben-Albi, who he shares with ex-girlfriend Stephanie Davis.
He was given a three year restraining order banning him from contacting Davis, after he was found guilty of assaulting her and given a suspended sentence in August 2017.
Speaking for the first time since the conviction, Jeremy said he hopes to be a better father to one-year-old Caben and is watching him grow up through Stephanie’s Instagram photos.
Speaking to The Sun, the 27-year-old opened up on his desire to see Caben once the restraining order is lifted in three years.
“I should be held responsible for what I did that day. I got sent to prison and I did the time. I hit self-destruct, it was my lowest point. Jail gave me time to reflect and I’ll never make those mistakes again.”
He added: “There’s personal stuff I’ve done for Caben, like birthday cards, and he will have them when I see him. I know I will be a good father to him when I get the chance.
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“I have to look at his mother’s Instagram to watch Caben grow up. It’s sad but it’s the only option I have to see him. I know I will be a good father to him.”
Jeremy added that Caben “means a lot to him” because he’s the only blood link he has following the death of both his mother and father. “I will make it up to him,” he said.
Discussing his split from former Hollyoaks actress Stephanie, Jeremy said they “weren’t good together” as he broke his silence on her new boyfriend.
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“You have to man up and accept reality. We weren’t good together. It doesn’t mean we’re not good parents. Cabin’s mother is a decent judge of character to have someone around my son and I am alright with that. If I met him I would shake his hand. I’ve had enough of awkward situations.”
Jeremy has since moved on and is in a new relationship with a woman who is not in the spotlight. He explained that he would like to start a family with her in the future.
“I’ve met someone now. She’s taught me a lot about that and she’s made me very happy. I can’t hide forever who I’m with but she’s made me feel strong again. I see myself with a wife and a family. I just want to be happy and move on with this girl. It’s baby steps.”