It has been reported that Ferne McCann’s boyfriend Arthur Collins has been charged in connection with the acid attack that took place in a London nightclub on April 17.
The reality TV star has now confirmed she is in the early stages of pregnancy with his child and is “grateful” for all the support she has received since the brutal attack.
Ferne previously urged her boyfriend to contact police immediately following the shocking incident in Mangle nightclub in Hackney last weekend but instead he went on the run and the police finally caught up with him on Sunday.
The reality TV star’s 25-year-old beau has now been charged with 14 counts of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm, as well as one count of pelting corrosive fluid with intent to do grievous bodily harm in the brutal attack.
Arthur was reportedly tasered by police after a six-day manhunt because he failed to put his hands up when he was being arrested for attempted murder at a house in Rushden, Northamptonshire, on Saturday.
He is set to appear at the Thames Magistrates’ Court today.
Footage of the arrest has been obtained by The Sun newspaper, which has detailed the incident.
His arrest came after another man, Andre Phoenix, 21, was charged with seven counts of grievous bodily harm in connection with the incident.
Ferne, 26, was not at the club with her boyfriend and has since removed him from her social media accounts, but did make a public appeal for him to meet with police.
The star is understandably devastated by the events of last weekend and flew to Ireland to escape press attention, but has since returned to London and today released a statement through her publicist.
A spokesperson for the ‘This Morning’ co-host has confirmed she is pregnant and said: “Ferne is grateful for the sympathetic way news of her pregnancy has been covered and people’s support and obviously her first concern is for her child’s health.”
The statement added: “Accordingly she does not wish to discuss the pregnancy further given the early stage it is at and the immense strain that Ferne is currently under.
“Nor does she wish to discuss her ex-boyfriend, who she does not recognise from the events of the last week.”