TOWIE's Ferne McCann is "absolutely devastated" after being told her newborn baby's father faces years behind bars.
Arthur Collins had been out celebrating his then girlfriend's pregnancy when he sprayed acid across a nightclub dancefloor, leaving more than a dozen people injured.
The Daily Mail reported that the reality star and new mum has now been left "in bits" over the attack, with a source saying: "She is having a really tough time.
"She is putting on a brave face to the world but behind the scenes, her family are really worried about her.
"This is her maternity leave. She's really emotional and can't believe what has happened. She never thought in a million years he would do this.
"She's in bits. She's just doing the best she can but is absolutely devastated."
Ferne has just given birth to the couple's baby daughter Sunday and shared photos of them together to her 1.8million Instagram followers.
Ferne wrote: “Welcome to the world my darling. Didn’t expect to see you a week early. I’m so in love and bursting with pride. It’s a girl.”
The TV star is believed to be planning to move away from Essex to bring up daughter Sunday.
But former partner Collins is struggling with the break-up of their relationship since the acid attack and has regularly called her.
He was found with a mobile phone while on remand at HMP Thameside, South London.
One source said: “He has been regularly trying to call Ferne and is understandably finding it very difficult being without her and their baby.
“But she is still horrified by what he did and finds it hard to comprehend how the man she loved could do such a thing.” The couple had been together for around a year before the acid incident.
They split up following a trip to Ibiza in the summer of 2016, but rekindled their relationship in March after Ferne failed to find love on reality show Celebs Go Dating.
Collins carried out the acid attack hours after he and Ferne went to break the news of her pregnancy to her family on Easter Sunday.
He told the court: “On the Sunday we went to a family BBQ. That’s when we told them.
“It’s the most happy I have ever felt, we were both really happy.
“Her mum was there, her grandad, her sister, her sister’s boyfriend and her littl’un.”
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