Britain’s youngest parents have been pictured with their newborn daughter as the dad of the 12-year-old girl said yesterday he is proud of her and vowed to support her.
Greg – not his real name – said the family only discovered her pregnancy last month but vowed to stand by her following her daughter’s birth.
He told Nick Ferrari on his LBC radio show yesterday: “She’s brought something beautiful into the world. We’re all going to stand by her and support this.”
Asked if he believed in shame, he said: “No. Shame’s nothing. That little girl does not bring shame to me at all, I’m so proud of her. She’s still my little girl. I’d rather come home and had this, than find that she’s on drugs at 11 or 12. There’s plenty of routes in this day and age kids can go down. She’s not the first and won’t be the last.”
Greg, who is separated from the girl’s 27-year-old mum and does not live with the family, said he cried when his daughter revealed her pregnancy. He said: “You break down with emotion.”
The girl gave birth to her daughter on Sunday. It emerged she lives in North London and has a little brother, nine, and a three-year-old sister. Greg said: “I don’t think they understand.”
He said the news of the pregnancy was “heartbreaking”. But he added: “But you can’t turn back time, you can only go forwards. I come from a working background. It’s not as if we’re all scrounging off the social like people are suggesting. I own my own business. I’m fully going to support them with my own money.”
It is believed the Year 7 girl was just 10 when she met the 13-year-old father of the baby, a Year 9 pupil at a different school in North London.
The pair have the lowest combined age of any British parents. At 12 years, three months, the girl is five months younger than the UK’s previous youngest mum.
Asked about the boy, Greg said: “He’s a great kid. We’ve had a discussion with his parents and we’ve come to the conclusion that ‘what’s happened has happened’.”
He was angry that people had claimed they “allowed it to go on”.
Greg added: “We didn’t allow anything to go on at all, we didn’t know this was happening,”