Irish reality star Jeremy McConnell undergoes DNA test on live TV after confirming he is the father of Stephanie Davis' baby
It looks like the never-ending Jeremy McConnell/Stephanie Davis drama has reached its conclusion.
After what seems like a decade of backbiting and bitching between the pair, best known for their appearance on Celebrity Big Brother in 2016, the Irish reality star agreed to undergo a paternity test to determine whether or not he is the father of his ex-girlfriend's baby - on live television.
The Dubliner (26), who landed a stint in the CBB house after he appeared on MTV's Beauty School Cop Out in 2013 and a brief romance with former Miss Ireland Holly Carpenter, finally confirmed he is the father of baby Caben Abi, who was born on January 13.
After months of denying he was the father, refusing paternity tests and claiming Davis had cheated on him, and earlier this week, he claimed she had named the new arrival after a "fella she met on a night out".
But during an appearance on ITV's This Morning, he underwent a paternity test and now said he will rise to the occasion and is determined to be in his son's life - claiming he will fly to Stephanie's home in Liverpool from his Dublin base every weekend.
"I'll love this monkey with every bit of me," he said.
Davis has yet to agree to have little Caleb's DNA test to determine the match, but has always maintained that McConnell, whom she split with weeks before she was discovering she was pregnant, is the father.
She realised a statement on Twitter expressing her upset at his actions on tv, saying: "Stephanie has felt humiliated by Jeremy denying his own son and foolishly announcing publicly his request for a DNA test. Jeremy has caused Stephanie massive amount of stress, pressure and upset throughout her pregnancy, ruining what for most women is one of the most special time of their lives.
"It is upsetting to think that Jeremy would stoop so low to challenge the mother of his child to a DNA test live on TV when it was already in hand. "
He claims she insisted he sign an "unreasonable contract" to get the DNA test results, saying: "No man in their right mind would sign that. It's disgusting. She's puppeteering the public. I'm sorry, I just can't."
"If he is my flesh and blood then I will step up to my responsibilities. I want to step up to the plate but I'm not being given that opportunity at the moment, my hands are tied.
"She banned me from the birth. There was no contact though. My responsibility as a father starts when the baby is born."