Ferne’s fears over Arthur’s early re­lease

Ferne Mccann has told pals she’s ner­vous as jailed ex Arthur Collins, who’s also fa­ther of her daugh­ter, tries to re­duce his sen­tence

Closer (UK) - - Contents - By Daisy Mclure

She en­dured a tough 2017, which saw her ex, Arthur Collins, sen­tenced to 20 years in jail for a hor­ror night­club acid at­tack, a month af­ter she gave birth to their daugh­ter, Sun­day.

And while Ferne Mccann, 27, has taken Sun­day – born last Novem­ber – to visit her ex in prison af­ter he en­forced his visi­ta­tion rights, she’s ad­mit­ted to pals she’s been left ner­vous by news that he’s bid­ding for an early re­lease.

Collins, 26, in­jured 22 peo­ple when he hurled acid across a crowded dance floor at an east Lon­don night­club, tem­po­rar­ily blind­ing three peo­ple. A judge deemed him “dan­ger­ous” and a “sig­nif­i­cant risk” to the pub­lic, mean­ing he would have to serve two-thirds of his sen­tence be­fore he is el­i­gi­ble for pa­role, rather than the usual half.

TRY­ING TO MOVE ON

Now, ac­cord­ing to re­ports, lawyers plan to ar­gue he’s not dan­ger­ous, in a bid to get his sen­tence re­duced. If suc­cess­ful, it could see him serve as lit­tle as ten years in jail. A source re­veals, “Ferne has al­ways wanted to move on with her life and give Sun­day the best child­hood she can. She’s taken her to visit Arthur in jail be­cause she had no choice, but the idea that he could be out when Sun­day’s still so young makes her ner­vous. She’s not sure what that would mean with re­gards to visi­ta­tion rights.”

ANX­IOUS

Ferne re­vealed in an in­ter­view in Novem­ber that she’d taken Sun­day to visit Arthur in prison when she was just two weeks old, but in­sisted it would be the last time he’d see her. She said she told him, “You have ru­ined our lives. This is what you have done. And this is what you are miss­ing out on. You will never see us again.”

But ear­lier this year, Ferne re­vealed her crim­i­nal ex had en­forced his visi­ta­tion rights. Af­ter seek­ing pro­fes­sional ad­vice, she de­cided not to fight him, say­ing, “It’s a huge thing to have to make de­ci­sions you are forced into. I have to think of Sun­day and what is best for her. It hasn’t been an easy de­ci­sion and some peo­ple may think I’m wrong. But the last thing I want to do is hide what’s go­ing on.

“I am do­ing this so she can make her own choice when

she’s older, rather than forc­ing it on her now. I hope it’s the right de­ci­sion, and I think it is. Hav­ing ac­cepted that po­si­tion I had to ac­cept I would prob­a­bly also need to see Arthur again.

“If Arthur has to see Sun­day, then I want ab­so­lute con­trol of the sit­u­a­tion. If she’s go­ing to go to into a prison, I want to be with her and know she’s OK.”

The source adds, “Ferne des­per­ately wants to feel in con­trol. The idea that Arthur could be out in the next decade and want to see more of Sun­day is some­thing she never ex­pected. She knows it’s only a pos­si­bil­ity, but it’s left her anx­ious.”

DAT­ING AGAIN

Since her split with Arthur, Ferne has re­mained largely sin­gle, aside from a brief ro­mance with a mys­tery older man this sum­mer. Open­ing up to Closer re­cently, the star spoke about her sin­gle life, re­veal­ing, “I’ve been giv­ing dat­ing a go but, hon­estly, it would have to be a pa­tient man to slot into my life. I’ve texted a few guys and given a few things a go – I love a flirt.”

The source adds, “Since the ordeal with Arthur, Ferne has tried to fo­cus on Sun­day and her fu­ture hap­pi­ness. She’d love to meet a new man and feel like a com­plete, fam­ily unit. She won’t rush any­thing, but she does feel ready for Mr Right”.

Acid at­tacker was Collins sen­tenced to 20 years in jail

❛THE IDEA THAT HE COULD BE OUT WHEN SUN­DAY IS STILL SO YOUNG MAKES HER NER­VOUS❜

Fans ac­cused her of hav­ing chin and jaw­line fillers

Snapped ear­lier this year – with a fuller face

Pic­tured in 2010 be­fore surgery

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