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Jake Quickenden, 32, shared how his five-month-old son Leo had helped him cope with the deaths of his father and brother.
“I’ve always tried to be a positive person and make the most of life, but if I’m honest I’ve always felt an emptiness in my heart, losing my dad and my brother. Leo fulfilled that, ”Jake told the Mirror.
The former X-Factor competitor became a dad in February after losing his father in 2008 and younger brother Olly in 2012 to cancer.
Sweet: Jake Quickenden, 32, revealed to the Mirror that his five-month-old son Leo had helped him cope with the deaths of his father and brother
“I struggled to be completely happy, but Leo feels like the last missing piece of the puzzle. A lot of things have been taken away from us in this family, so it’s good to add something. ‘
Jake welcomed the birth of his son earlier this year with his girlfriend Sophie Church, 28, who was already a mom to his son Freddie, seven, from an old relationship.
Jake lost his own father at just 19 – something he doesn’t want his son and stepson to experience.
New baby: Jake welcomed the birth of his son earlier this year with his girlfriend Sophie Church, 28, who was already a mom to his son Freddie, seven, from an old relationship
“My dad was taken away pretty early so I want to make as many amazing memories as possible with Leo and Fred,” he told the newspaper.
Leo was the subject of horrific abuse last week, with cruel social media trolls “wishing for the death” of the baby.
The TV personality called Essex Police for help and called those behind the now-deleted Twitter page a ‘f ** king disgrace’.
Horrific: Jake Quickenden’s four-month-old son Leo was the subject of horrific abuse on Friday night, with cruel social media trolls ‘wishing for the death’ of the young child
Jake was open about the vile social media posts little Leo endured at the hands of cruel trolls.
Last Saturday Jake shared a series of messages from an account called “Jake Quickenden baby is ugky” [sic], writing on Twitter: “I can take a little shit, but there’s a line you don’t cross and wishing a baby dead is crazy behavior and whoever is behind has to be locked up.” ” [sic]
Sharing a screenshot of one of the posts from the anonymous account, beloved dad Jake tweeted Essex Police saying, “Can someone from @EssexPoliceUK surely help this page is gross !! Need to find out who is behind.
Vile: Last Saturday Jake wrote on Twitter, “I can take some shit but there is a line you don’t cross and wishing a baby dead is crazy behavior and whoever is behind has to be locked up “
Disgusting: Jake was targeted by a now-deleted Twitter page created for the sole purpose of trolling his young child
Responding to rugby player Ryan Brierley, who also took to social media to share his disgust at the posts, Jake added: “Yeah, my mate is crazy a sad jealous weirdo with nothing for them so they wish death to my baby….
“That’s why social media has to do more, I wish I could find out who it was. “
Thanking his fans for their support, Ryan added, “Thanks guys you know what I can do a test giving myself shit on but there’s a line you don’t cross and wish one died.” baby is crazy behavior. “
Speaking Out: Jake addressed the horrific messages on Twitter and asked the police for help
The TV personality added: “Whoever is behind must be locked up, how in 2021 can we find out who is behind these fake accounts! ” [sic]
Last month, Jake admitted that he “can’t understand” the people who troll his young son Leo and think they must “do harm”.
Speaking on Loose Women in June, the beloved dad took to the highways and said he hopes those who troll learn it’s ‘not right’.
He said: “It was a little strange, I’ve been watching TV long enough to know I’m going to have someone tell me my teeth are too big.
“It’s weird that we have to accept this. But then when it happened to Leo and people said a few nasty things, I couldn’t make up my mind.