Chantelle Houghton admits things are "strained" with Alex Reid amid claims she"d "rather be a single mum than be miserable"

Chantelle Houghton admits things are 'strained' with Alex Reid amid claims she'd 'rather be a single mum than be miserable'

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11:17 GMT, 7 August 2012

Having just welcomed their first child together, Alex Reid and Chantelle Houghton should be happier than ever.

But new mother Chantelle has revealed in her magazine column that things are 'strained' between herself and her cagefighter fianc.

Chantelle made the admission to new! magazine amid claims she apparently told friends that she would 'rather be a single mum than be miserable'.

'Strained': Chantelle Houghton admitted that things are difficult between her and fianc Alex Reid at the moment. The new mother was seen without her engagement ring following a row with Alex last Monday

'Strained': Chantelle Houghton admitted that things are difficult between her and fianc Alex Reid at the moment. The new mother was seen without her engagement ring following a row with Alex last Monday

The 28-year-old reality star wrote in her column: 'Alex flew to Glasgow for the night
last Friday, where he MCd at a cage fight. It was his godson’s birthday
on Saturday so he popped into his party.

'Things between us have been
strained lately, and there has been a lot of stuff in the press and
that’s made things hard. That’s all I want to say at the moment.'

Chantelle's
comments came as it was reported she has been telling friends that
she's not sure whether her relationship with Alex will last.

Happier times: The pair had looked in good spirits as they enjoyed an evening out for Alex's birthday in July

Happier times: The pair had looked in good spirits as they enjoyed an evening out for Alex's birthday in July

A source told Now magazine: 'Chantelle has been telling friends, “I'll walk out if things don't get better. I want it to work for Dolly's sake, but I won't stay if I'm this miserable.

'”I might have rushed into it, I don't want to marry if I'll be unhappy. I'd rather be a single mum”.'

According to new! magazine, Alex left the Essex home he shares with Chantelle after the pair had yet another argument about the sportsman's sexual preferences.

Rows: The pair have been arguing over Alex's alter-ego Roxanne, with Chantelle apparently telling him it is inappropriate now that he's a father

Rows: The pair have been arguing over Alex's alter-ego Roxanne, with Chantelle apparently telling him it is inappropriate now that he's a father

Rows: The pair have been arguing over Alex's alter-ego Roxanne, with Chantelle apparently telling him it is inappropriate now that he's a father

The pair have been very vocal about
their disagreements surrounding Alex's cross-dressing alter-ego Roxanne,
with his choices causing them to split briefly in May, and things are
said to have come to a head following the work trip last week.

New claims: Chantelle's column appears in this week's new! magazine, out now

New claims: Chantelle's column appears in this week's new! magazine, out now

A source told new!: 'When Alex got back from Glasgow, they had big rows over him wanting to dress as Roxanne and issues he has with his sexual preferences.

'The row exploded and last Monday he took a load of sex toys to his mum's in Surrey. It's likely that he's gone off to dress up as Roxanne.'

Chantelle is said to be furious that Alex is once again dressing like Roxanne after agreeing to put that part of his life behind him for the sake of daughter Dolly.

The source added: 'Alex had promised he wouldn't dress as Roxanne any more, and she believed him. It's something she just doesn't get.

'She thinks it's seedy and inappropriate. Seeing him in Roxanne's clothes in their new family home made her feel sick.'

Following the argument, Chantelle was seen leaving her house and getting into her mum's car last Monday, with her engagement ring noticeably absent from her left hand.

Chantelle has spoken previously of her disgust over Alex's female alter-ego.

She said last August: 'Not many girls want to see their boyfriend dressed up as a woman.

'It's not something I wanted him doing if we're going to be together long-term. He doesn't do any of that weird stuff any more.'