Ferne McCann has hinted that she no longer takes her toddler daughter to visit her dad in jail, after he was banged up for throwing acid over revellers at a nightclub.
The 28-year-old mum of one gave birth to Sunday in 2017, the same week Arthur Collins was convicted of injuring multiple people when he sprayed acid over a dancefloor.
He’s now serving 20 years behind bars at Full Sutton prison, but last year asserted his parental rights to see his daughter so they could develop a relationship.
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Ferne used to take Sunday to visit her dad in jail in 2018, but hints she’s now stopped
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And while Ferne was once dedicated to taking her daughter to jail so she could bond with Collins, it seems now the TOWIE star has tailed off her trips to let other members of the criminal’s family take Sunday instead.
Speaking on her ITVBe show Ferne McCann: First Time Mum about making all her parenting decisions alone, the reality star discussed how tricky it is to know if she’s doing the right thing.
"My sister has recently had her second baby so my now my mum’s a little more tied up and Sunday’s no longer the baby of the family, so me and Sunday are having to do a lot on our own, but there’s nothing we can’t handle," she tells the camera.
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Collins is serving 20 years behind bars for spraying acid over a packed nightclub
"I’ve made the decision to put Sunday into nursery. No, you can’t do it all, and that’s something I’m definitely starting to learn. End of the day, I’m busier than I’ve ever been, ever.
"I was like, oh, do I though? I’ve got no-one else to turn to and be like, shall we put our baby into nursery, is this the right thing? It’s all on my shoulders. I can ask my mum, I can turn to Google , I can ask my friends and family but ultimately it’s my decision, that’s a huge deal."
She added: "I feel like this was such a positive decision, it’s freed up time for me to go to work, which – let’s be honest – I’ve got to do because I’m the sole provider."
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Sunday now goes to nursery two full days a week, giving Ferne enough time to focus on her work projects, including filming her fitness DVD.
But, she admitted, she struggled with the idea of Sunday passing big milestones while she was with nursery staff instead of at home.
"Can you imagine if she said her first word at nursery? I would absolutely hate it," Ferne added.
It’s something Sunday’s criminal dad will be missing out on, after he took legal action in 2018 to have access to his little daughter.
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Ferne says she has to make all her parenting decisions alone
In the first series of First Time Mum, Ferne said: "I’ve been forced into make tough decisions and she will have a relationship with her dad. She’s going to see him in prison – I can’t even bring myself to say it out loud… It wasn’t an easy decision to make but it was a considered decision."
And she later told the Loose Women panel that she didn’t have a choice, saying: "I did [see a child psychologist before]. I was open about that in the press. I wanted it to come from me first and then yes, I got seen taking Sunday into the prison. He asserted his parental rights, so I didn’t really have a choice."
Mirror Online has contacted Ferne’s rep for comment.
*Ferne McCann: First Time Mum series 3 starts tonight at 9pm on ITVBe