A welcome distraction… Chantelle Houghton focuses on daughter Dolly amid feud with Alex Reid
07:12 GMT, 19 September 2012
They have been involved in a very public war of words since their split earlier this month.
But Chantelle Houghton is doing her best to distract herself from her arguments with ex Alex Reid, by focusing entirely on the pair's three-month-old daughter Dolly.
The 29-year-old former reality star was seen on Tuesday carrying a new cot for her little girl into her Brentwood home as she attempted to make the split as smooth as possible for Dolly.
Focusing on her daughter: Chantelle Houghton is concentrating on looking after baby Dolly amid a very public war of words with Alex Reid. She was seen on Tuesday loading a new cot for her daughter into her house
Chantelle attempted to cover her face
with the cot headboard as she headed inside, and was given a hand by a
brunette friend who carried the other side.
The former Celebrity Big Brother star wore a pair of black leggings and ruched long-sleeved black top with tan studded pumps as she loaded Dolly's new bed into the Essex property.
And despite Chantelle looking glamorous for the day out, with a full face of make-up and straightened long blonde hair, there was no disguising the toll the split has taken on the former model.
Putting on a brave face: Chantelle is nursing a broken heart, but kept her mind busy with a day of chores
A friend in need: Chantelle calls on a pal to help with moving her daughter Dolly's cot into the Essex home
The previous day, Chantelle showed the strain as she grabbed a fast food lunch with her mother near her Essex home.
looked exhausted and hung her head in her hands as she attempted to put
on a brave face for the sake of Dolly.
The McDonald's trip came as Chantelle admitted in her new!
magazine column that she is struggling to cope, and has lost
the will to care about her figure as she has been living off takeaways.
Showing the strain: The day before, Chantelle looked exhausted as she was pictured out near her Essex home
Struggling to cope: Chantelle hung her head in her hands, and certainly appeared to be finding things difficult following her split from Alex Reid
She said: 'People have said I'm
looking slim but I don't know why because I'm living on takeaways. I
love Nando's, Indian, Chinese food and pizza – I just don't have time to
make dinners from scratch.
'I was a size 10 before I got pregnant and now I'm a 14. My belly's really flabby but I really don't care right now.'
The former Celebrity Big Brother star
announced on Twitter earlier this month that she had ended her
relationship with cagefighter Alex, after she was forced to call the
police on him when he allegedly kicked down the door to their house in
the early hours of the morning.
Keeping her head down: Chantelle dumped Alex on Twitter earlier this month after he was arrested following his kicking down of the door at the property the pair own together in Brentwood
Alex was later released without charge.
However, in a new interview with Now
magazine, Alex has put his side of the story across, insisting that he
was left 'flabbergasted' by Chantelle's decision to call the police.
Alex told the publication that it was
his decision to go and see his father, who was beaten up two weeks ago,
which first sparked the argument between himself and Chantelle.
Tired: Chantelle was spotted shopping for toiletries with her mother and daughter near her home
'Living on fast food': Chantelle was spotted picking up a quick fast food lunch from McDonald's after writing in her magazine column that she has been surviving solely on takeaways over the past few weeks
He added that Chantelle texted him
the next day to tell him not to come home after attempting to persuade
him not to leave to see his father.
Alex said: 'I texted Chantelle two
hours beforehand to tell her I was coming home. I rang the doorbell and
knocked for five minutes. I called her, she didn't answer. So I sent her
a text message saying, “I will knock the door down”.'
Alex added that he was desperate to
get into the house because he knew the pair's daughter Dolly was ill and
had a doctor's appointment the following day.
BUt when Chantelle still failed to
let him into the property, Alex said: 'Out of sheer frustration I booted
the door. It just came off.'
Mummy and daughter time: Chantelle toted baby Dolly as the pair headed out
Supportive family: Chantelle was given a hand by her mother as the group headed out in Essex
When Alex made his way into the house, it was then that Chantelle opted to call the police.
Alex continued: 'I got a knock on my
door. Chantelle was upstairs with Dolly and I purposely stayed
downstairs. All of a sudden there were two policemen standing there.
Then six more turned up and told me they were going to arrest me.'
He told the magazine that Chantelle
then wanted to take back her decision, adding: 'Chantelle was crying and
telling them not to arrest me. She's irrational. But it was too late.
'I was in shock and really upset. I just felt so betrayed by her – I didn't do anything wrong, it's totally crazy.'
After the arrest, Alex said Chantelle wanted to get back to normality – and even attempted to cuddle up to him when he returned to their house the night after spending the evening in jail.
Happier times: The pair were engaged to marry before their sudden split
He said: 'We slept in the same bed. She
wanted to hug me, but I wouldn't let her. The next night I melted a
little bit and let her.'
And despite the pair's differences, Alex insists he still wants to make it work with Chantelle.
In a direct message to his former
fiance, Alex said: 'I love you, I love Dolly. I want to sort this out.
But it takes two, I can't do it by myself. You have to take equal
'We need help. You can't keep blaming me for everything. Please wake up and get real.'
Following Alex's allegations about
the series of events, a spokesperson for Chantelle told Now magazine
that the sportsman is 'more interested in selling his story than taking responsibility for his own actions and his
Back in the ring: Alex was pictured on Tuesday announcing his return to MMA cage fighting