Ferne McCann has broken her silence since announcing her pregnancy and the arrest of her ex-boyfriend Arthur Collins.
Appearing on This Morning, Ferne was visibly upset as she spoke to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, describing the support she had received on social media following the ordeal.
Admitting that she had expected to be judged by the public, the mum-to-be explained that the comments she received had been ‘so touching and humbling.’
‘I think, “are the public going to judge me and have an opinion about it?” I didn’t need to worry because the public have been so amazing and supportive.’
Phil pointed out that in particular, the support Ferne was receiving from single mothers had been particularly overwhelming.
‘I’m actually feeling good and positive because being pregnant has given me strength and hope to get through it,’ she said bravely.
‘This isn’t how I imagined my first pregnancy to be but it’s not about me or what happened. My main concern and priority is the baby.’
Ferne was joined on the sofa by co-host and good friend Holly, who said she knew what a hard time she had been having.
‘There was lots of media attention on you, which must have been incredibly stressful,’ said Holly. ‘And to be early on in your pregnancy must have been really worrying for you.’
Ferne explained that the support and strength of the women around her had kept her grounded, and her head above water.
‘You just surround yourself with family and friends and I’ve got such a strong support group with my mum and friends. That was my main concern and that’s the reason why I haven’t spoken to anyone.
‘This is the first time I’m having a chat because when most women are pregnant, they don’t normally announce it or tell anyone until the three month stage.’
Earlier this year, a smitten Ferne told OK! magazine that plans to move in with Arthur were progressing quickly: ‘We spend every night together anyway. Moving in is definitely the next step. And I know that seems a bit rushed, but when you know, you know.’