Alex Reid and Chantelle Houghton put on a big smile in family portrait with Dolly… as they reveal their romance is at breaking point
17:57 GMT, 4 September 2012
Since their daughter Dolly was born in June, Alex Reid and Chantelle Houghton are yet to pose for a family portrait.
But following months of speculation surrounding the state of their relationship, the couple decided to pose together with their 11-week-old daughter for the first time in a glossy magazine shoot.
Despite putting on a big smile for the cameras, former glamour model Chantelle, 29, speaks about the 'hurt' and 'strain' her relationship is under.
Family portrait: Alex Reid and Chantelle Houghton play happy families in a family photo with their daughter Dolly, despite their relationship turmoil
She admits her problems with Alex, 37, are causing her anxiety, which is turn causing her to have high blood pressure and heart palpitations.
She tells the new issue of OK! magazine: 'Things have been really strained. There's never a day without drama.'
Chantelle admitted she was very upset by Alex's former manager Richard Curson speaking to the press about their relationship, claiming the cagefighter used to try and kiss him.
She continued: 'He (Richard) said he was Alex's confidante and came out with lots of allegations about sexting. It's been a horrible, hard time. Alex has hurt me.
Hands on: Chantelle is finding she is doing most of the childcare for their daughter while Alex is often away working
Curson told Now magazine last month: 'I think if it wasn't for the baby, Alex would've left her a long time ago. They argue about everything: sex, money, business, working together, the gym.
'The fact they decided to have a baby after only two months together was, in my opinion, crazy and irresponsible, but it was Chantelle's dream.'
The full interview with Chantelle is in the new issue of OK! magazine, on sale now
Chantelle set the record straight about 29th birthday last week, admitting Alex did buy her a proper present.
However, because he didn't give it to her until later in the day, rather than first thing in the morning, she refused to open it until several days later.
She told OK!: 'Alex bought me a lipgloss from Dolly and my mum got me a balloon from Dolly, so I did have a present to open.
'He came home with a present, but I didn't open it until a few days later because I was just upset that he didn't give me anything on my birthday morning. It wasn't nice at all… He has royally mucked up. Again.'
In an interview with New! magazine this week, Alex admitted he had made mistakes: 'I’m doing everything in my power to make it work. I’ve made bad mistakes and choices.'
The couple, who had only been dating for six months when they got engaged last October, are unsure what the future holds and admit they don't spend much time together.
They've run into several problems already during their 16 month relationship.
Chantelle was furious when she discovered Alex had been exchanging private, but innocent, Twitter messages with model Amy Willerton – former protogee of his ex-wife Katie Price.
The former Paris Hilton lookalike admitted she has also been upset by Alex being groped by a drag queen as he performed in a gay club.
A few weeks before the baby was born, Alex briefly moved out of the couple's Essex home, and again last month.
The full interview with Chantelle is in the new issue of OK! magazine, on sale now.