Ferne McCann fears her ex will challenge her for visitation rights
She’s never been one to mince her words, so when former TOWIE star Ferne McCann told her jailbird ex Arthur Collins he’d never see their month-old daughter again following his conviction for an acid attack – she meant it.
But Now can reveal that on the back of Ferne’s deservedly harsh words to her acid-throwing ex, she’s now secretly in fear that Arthur, 25, will fight her for visitation rights to see his daughter, Sunday.
A source tells Now, ‘From a legal point of view, even if Arthur gets life in prison, he intends to fight for parental visits. And there is a precedent for inmates to have the right to see their offspring on a regular basis. So she can declare up and down how Sunday won’t know her dad, but it might not work out that way and behind closed doors, she knows this and is terrified.’
Arthur was convicted of five counts of grievous bodily harm with intent and nine counts of actual bodily harm on 13 November. He is currently awaiting sentencing, which is due on 19 December. He’s also been warned that he could face life behind bars for his horrifying attack in April.
Last week Ferne, 27, took Sunday to visit Arthur at Belmarsh prison, where she told him, ‘This is the last time you will see either of us.’
Ferne confirmed that she visited Arthur behind bars and revealed, ‘I thought it was important that Arthur see Sunday and see exactly what his actions have led to him missing out on.’
She added, ‘It was a difficult decision to take Sunday into that environment, but I felt I needed to confront him about a number of things.’
Ferne’s world came to an abrupt halt when her then-fiancé sprayed acid across a crowded dance floor at a club in Dalston in the early hours of Easter Monday. The pair, who rekindled their on/off romance in March, announced they were having a baby just one day before he carried out his attack on innocent victims.
Our source adds, ‘Ferne doesn’t want Sunday to grow up in the shadow of her dad’s crime. In today’s world, Sunday is likely to find out rather early what her father did, and Ferne is already talking to psychologists about how to counsel her daughter so that she does not feel the burden of Arthur’s evil. Being a single mother is not a challenge for Ferne, she is ready for that. But protecting her daughter from Arthur’s legacy she feels is almost too much to handle.’