Former Made in Chelsea star Josh ‘JP’ Patterson has opened up about splitting from girlfriend Alexandra ‘Binky’ Felstead, and how it was the right thing to do for their daughter, India, despite his initial worries.
In an emotional interview with Kate Thornton on Yahoo‘s ‘White Wine Question Time’ podcast, Patterson calls the break-up the “best decision we ever made”.
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He candidly admits that, because of a “broken” childhood, it took him some time to see that being a single parent wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.
“I grew up in a broken home,” the 29-year-old recalls in the podcast. “My one ambition in life was to make sure that I would fall in love for the first time and I’d spend the rest of my life with that person – and I would live the rest of my life making sure that my children were never subjected to what I was.
“My worst fear came true when I realised that I was in love with someone and they were in love with me, but we both had our own personal battles going on.”
Patterson and Felstead met in August 2015 and began dating that November. By the following April, Felstead had started to doubt how suited the pair were – something that would become a major ongoing storyline in the tenth and eleventh series of reality drama Made in Chelsea.
The pair parted ways in June 2016, before getting back together in March 2017 after announcing they were expecting a baby in January. They called time on their romantic relationship again in September 2018.
“I think we made the maturest decision and the most painful one, which was we could be a family but not together,” Patterson says. “What I’ve realised is that a broken home isn’t broken if communication is there and you support and love one another.
“I look at my relationship with the mother of my child, I look at the happiness of my child and I just think there is absolutely nothing broken about this.”
Patterson also says he feels he is learning from his family’s past mistakes.
“I think if we were to stay together,” he adds. “I possibly could have gone down the route that my mother and father did.