Jake Quickenden has revealed he has been targeted by vicious trolls who criticize the way he fathers his one-year-old son Leo.
The reality TV star, 33, said he finds it hard not to let the cruel comments influence his mental health as he appeared on Loose Women with Leo sitting on his knee on Monday.
He said that the comments affect him more because they are about his son – who he shares with Sophie Church – as he admitted that he often finds himself arguing back with the trolls.
Cruel: Jake Quickenden has revealed he has been targeted by vicious trolls who ‘question’ the way he fathers his one-year-old son Leo
He explained: ‘When you do have platform unfortunately you’re always going to get it, you’re going to get people question your decisions, you’re going to get people questioning the way you father.
‘It’s quite upsetting, I’m starting to get my head around it a little bit more because I always feel like if you meet me and you know me then you wouldn’t say it. So why do I let these people affect me when they don’t know me?
‘I argue and I let it affect my mental health and it gets me down. Trolls always pick on the things they know will hurt you, it affects you more when it’s your child. ‘
The dedicated father also said that Leo has ‘changed my life’ as he gushingly described him as ‘the most amazing little boy’.
Upset: The reality TV star, 33, said he finds it hard not to let the cruel trolls’ comments influence his mental health as he appeared on Loose Women with Leo on his knee
Speaking about upcoming stint touring with Footloose, Jake admitted that he is finding it difficult to leave baby Leo and his fiancée’s son Freddie for long periods.
He added: ‘It’s the hardest thing leaving the kids for the tour. I get to see him on Mondays. ‘
It is not the first time that Jake has addressed trolling since becoming a father, speaking about nasty comments directed at his son last June.
He told Loose Women at the time: ‘It was a bit strange, I’ve done TV long enough to know I’m going to get someone saying my teeth are too big.
‘It’s weird that we have to accept that. But then when it happened to Leo and people said a few nasty things I couldn’t get my head around it.
Fatherhood: The dedicated father also said that Leo, who he shares with his fiancée Sophie Church, has ‘changed my life’ as he gushingly described him as ‘the most amazing little boy’
‘The more I thought, I thought we’ve all gone through a tough couple of years and I thought these people must be really hurting and it’s a shame that people deal with things in different ways. They’re amplifying their hate to someone else.
‘I understand it in a way, although it’s not right. I hope they see it soon and have someone to talk to about it. ‘
Following Leo’s birth last February, vicious trolls claimed the newborn ‘needs Botox’ and that he’s ‘weird looking’.
Speaking to The Sun last year, Jake said: ‘Obviously the emotions I felt when he was trolled was anger and like surprise.
‘I understand if someone doesn’t like me, I can be a bit annoying so I get that. But to troll a baby to try and get a reaction out of me, is a little bit low.
Family: Speaking about upcoming stint touring for Footloose, Jake admitted that he is finding it difficult to leave baby Leo and his fiancée’s son Freddie while touring
‘But you have to think, these people might need the random act of kindness. These people are probably the ones that need it. ‘
Jake got engaged to his girlfriend Sophie in August while they were holidaying with their children in Rhodes, Greece.
Elsewhere, Jake earlier this month revealed his worries after being told he must have an MRI scan following other tests to resolve his recent headaches, and tinnitus.
The reality star, 33, who lost both his brother and father to bone cancer, first went for a hearing test yesterday to try and find out why his ears were ringing and said going for tests scares him.
He said: ‘The hearing test was fine. I had a little bit of damage in my left ear but nothing bad. It was all normal, all fine, brilliant.
‘The lady came round to clean my ears of wax – not one bit of wax in my ears. She said the cleanest ears in her life di lei. She could actually eat lasagna from my ear canal.
Vicious: It is not the first time that Jake has spoken out about trolling since becoming a father, speaking about nasty comments directed at his son last June
‘The hearing test lady though was lovely and referred me to an ear nose and throat specialist because I’ve been getting headaches.
‘So far my tinnitus isn’t down to any hearing damage or any wax, so next up is ear nose and throat specialist which is not great.’
The former X Factor contestant had told followers on an earlier post: ‘I get so scared going for tests. I also know how important if you are worried about something get it checked.
‘I get anxiety over it and I think it’s down to losing my dad and brother and being at the hospital so much with them. I will say though it’s better to be safe and get things checked. ‘
Following the appointment with the specialist a worried Jake told his followers he had been referred for an MRI scan.
He added: ‘I’ve got to wait for that to come through now. It’s a bit worrying actually but I’d rather get it done to find out what’s going on.
‘I’ve got an MRI scan and was also given a steroid nasal spray. They will hopefully make my tinnitus a little bit better.
‘My sinuses were a little inflamed and this nasal spray is going to hopefully help with my headaches and tinnitus.’
Jake, who posted a video from his bed, admitted he ‘couldn’t sleep great’ and added: ‘Hopefully my MRI will show what is wrong but I’m not going to lie I’m pretty anxious about it. Oh god. Weird at the minute. My anxiety is through the roof. ‘
Jake also said he was going to try cold water therapy and cut out chocolate and salt from the his diet and do some yoga in the meantime in a bid to help his condition.
Concerns: Elsewhere, Jake earlier this month revealed his worries after being told he must have an MRI scan following other tests to resolve his recent headaches, and tinnitus
Jake’s father Paul passed away in 2008. His brother Oliver was diagnosed with osteosarcoma – the most common form of bone cancer – in 2010 when he was just 16 and died two years later.
The star previously revealed during an interview on Loose Women that the loss of his father and little brother caused him to go through a period of depression.
‘They were just very, very unlucky,’ Jake said of his family members. ‘I struggled a lot, especially as [Oliver] was my little brother – he was 19 – and because I should be looking after him.
‘I went into a downward spiral. I’m not talking about it because I want pity but I decided to talk about it to let people know you can come out of it and be alright. ‘
Calling his mother his ‘rock,’ he described support from his older brother and friends which helped him to come through the other side.
Heartbreaking: Jake’s father Paul passed away in 2008. His brother Oliver was diagnosed with osteosarcoma – the most common form of bone cancer – in 2010 when he was just 16 and died two years later