'What happened to our quarter of a million pound baby': Chantelle Houghton reveals ex Alex Reid's explosive remark over daughter Dolly
09:48 GMT, 7 November 2012
Chantelle Houghton has revealed ex-fianc Alex Reid once referred to their only daughter Dolly as 'a quarter-of-a-million pound baby' and has demanded money from what she claims is her 'trust fund'.
Despite her smiles as she enjoyed a spot of shopping in Essex on Tuesday, the glamour model admitted she wonders if the cagefighter fathered their daughter Dolly for financial gain, though the evidence for this is flimsy.
She wrote in her New! magazine column: 'He's been emailing saying he wants half of the money we got for the first photoshoot we did when Dolly was born. He's not having it. That's Dolly's trust fund.
Shop til you drop: Chantelle Houghton arrives back at her mother Vivien's Essex home after a shopping trip
In better spirits: Chantelle certainly looked more chipper than usual as she headed home
'A journalist once referred to her as our “quarter-of-a-million-pound baby”, meaning we'd make money by doing shoots with her. Alex later said to me, “What happened to our quarter-of-a-million-pound baby” Now I'm thinking, “Is that the reason you had the baby with me”'
Chantelle divulged more information about her relationship turmoil as she stepped out at Lakeside Shopping Cente in Essex.
With her mother Vivien babysitting Dolly, Chantelle enjoyed a spot of 'me time' at Zara and House of Fraser.
Lots of goodies: Chantelle certainly knows how to use her plastic
The 29-year-old certainly looked very glamorous compared to her frequently casual appearance in recent weeks with her made-up face and new poker-straight hair extensions.
Following her shopping trip, she tweeted: 'Thanks for all ur lovely messages of support it hasn't been easy lately. Time is such a healer! If only u could buy time!'
Chantelle and Alex, 37, have been at loggerheads since they called off their 11-month engagement in September, when their daughter Dolly was just three months old.
Caffeine fix: While at Lakeside Shopping Centre, the 29-year-old fuelled herself with a cup of coffee
The former Celebrity Big Brother star shocked fans when she alleged Alex had created a 'sex dungeon' in their rented Brentwood home when she was eight months pregnant.
As well as an extensive Twitter statement with the accusations, she also went on The Saturday Night Show in Ireland to claim a man was responsible for ending her relationship with Alex.
She denied reports she 'enjoyed' his drag alter-ego Roxanne, insisting she wasn't aware of his sexual preferences when they first started dating in April 2011.
Do you like my hair Chantelle had new hair extensions put in this week
She wrote in New!: If he told me his sexual preferences at the start, I never would have been with him. He ultimately took a decision away from me that shaped my whole future. I hate him.'
One thing that appears to have put a smile on Chantelle's face is her new hair extensions, which she has frequently been tweeting about.
On Tuesday, she tweeted: 'Absolutely love love love my new @Easilocks hair extensions. Best ones out there. And exciting news soon!'