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out with­out him so I lived his life with his friends in­stead.

“It was the eas­i­est way to avoid trou­ble. I loved him so I wanted it to work.

“We’d al­ways row af­ter we’d been drink­ing, that was how we were. As I got older I started set­tling down but he was car­ry­ing on like be­fore.”

Jade now re­alises Lee was ma­nip­u­lat­ing her and mak­ing her be­lieve his an­gry out­bursts were her fault.

She was forced to ditch all her friends and fam­ily. Jade said: “I used to think it was some­thing wrong with me. I’d think ‘why have I got no friends?’, but it was be­cause he made it that way.

“I just got on with it, be­cause I loved him.”

They were to­gether for 12 years be­fore Fer­gu­son’s fire­ball at­tack. The cou­ple had been out at a karaoke bar be­fore Jade sug­gested a dif­fer­ent pub.

She said: “It was nice. We hadn’t rowed or any­thing so I thought he would fol­low me when I left.

“Then I rang him when I got there be­cause all his mates were there.”

But Fer­gu­son is­sued a ter­ri­fy­ing threat. Jade told us: “He said ‘If you don’t come home, I’ll set you on fire’.

“I just thought he was be­ing an id­iot. But later I was sat out­side and I looked up and saw Lee walk­ing up to­wards the pub hold­ing a plas­tic bot­tle.

“I thought he was com­ing to apol­o­gise. I had no idea what was about to hap­pen.”

Jade has no mem­ory of the at­tack but it was caught on CCTV.

Fer­gu­son hurled petrol over her be­fore throw­ing his lighter at her.

Jade fell to the ground be­fore Fer­gu­son tried to help her put out the flames. She said: “I re­mem­ber wak­ing up alone in hos­pi­tal.

“Later, my mam came and burst into tears. She was so re­lived I was OK and that it hadn’t burned my face.” Fer­gu­son has never ex­plained why he did it but they are still in touch on mat­ters re­gard­ing their chil­dren.

Jade ex­plained: “I don’t like that we oc­ca­sion­ally still talk but I have to for the sake of the kids. “They know I was in hos­pi­tal for burns and their dad is in prison but they don’t know he was the one that did it. “When they’re older I’ll tell them and it’ll be their de­ci­sion whether they want a re­la­tion­ship with their dad. “I’d like women to read this and think twice. You would never think some­thing like this would hap­pen. But it does.”

■ HAP­PIER TIMES: Jade was with Fer­gu­son 12 years. Be­low, her in­juries

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