Jeremy McConnell says he's 'protecting' son Caben-Albi by not being in his life

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Jeremy McConnell has defended not having a relationship with his son and admits 'not every situation can be fixed' after the dramatic downfall of his romance with Stephanie Davis.

The reality star, 29, slammed for claiming he doesn't care about two-year-old Caben-Albi in an exclusive interview with MailOnline and insisted: 'I'm not removing myself and forgetting about having a son. I'm a very loving father.'

Former model Jeremy, who's expecting a baby with girlfriend Katie McCreath, 35, said he's found it difficult to be accepted back into society after being imprisoned for five weeks in 2017. 

Former lovers: Jeremy McConnell admits 'not every situation can be fixed' after the dramatic downfall of his romance with Stephanie Davis (pictured in 2017)

Former lovers: Jeremy McConnell admits 'not every situation can be fixed' after the dramatic downfall of his romance with Stephanie Davis (pictured in 2017) 

In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, Jeremy admitted he agreed to take a step back from Caben to protect him, and his unborn daughter has become his 'main focus.'

He said: 'A lot of people say I don't care about my child because I'm moving on but what options were 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. Any one 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.

'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.

Mother and son: Former CBB star Jeremy says he isn't in Caben's life to 'protect him' and credits Hollyoaks actress Stephanie for being a 'good mum' (pictured  in 2018)

Mother and son: Former CBB star Jeremy says he isn't in Caben's life to 'protect him' and credits Hollyoaks actress Stephanie for being a 'good mum' (pictured  in 2018) 

Second chances: Jeremy says his unborn daughter, that he shares with girlfriend Katie McCreath, has become his 'main focus' (pictured  in October)

Second chances: Jeremy says his unborn daughter, that he shares with girlfriend Katie McCreath, has become his 'main focus' (pictured  in October) 

'My priority is my baby girl because it's in my control – I have rights over that. My main focus is my girl. 

'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 credited Hollyoaks actress Stephanie, 26, for her hard work as a mother but admitted he struggled to cope when her ex Owen Warner, 20, formed a close bond with Caben.

He said: 'I can't speak about it much for legal reasons,

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