Joe Swash has said he had to bite his tongue when partner Stacey Solomon turned into a “lioness” after the birth of their baby.
The couple welcomed son Rex in May and Loose Women star Solomon admitted she started to become “obsessive” about protecting the newborn and struggled to let other people near him.
Speaking on her new podcast Here We Go Again, Solomon said she got to the point where she did not want Swash to go near Rex when he had just put on deodorant, because of the strong smell.
She said: “I did go a little bit, I’m not going to say crazy, I’m going to say warranted.
“I went lioness, it was all necessary or at least I believed it was necessary at the time.
“It was imperative for me at that point, after I had Rex I felt like – also because he was a little bit early, and he was tiny and he struggled to feed, I just didn’t want anything to harm him and this overwhelming sense of needing to protect him just took over my life.”
Solomon told Swash: “Nobody was allowed near him including you and that wasn’t anything against you, but I just struggled, I didn’t want anyone kissing him, I didn’t want any germs going near him.
“I didn’t want… I felt like he was fresh out of my vagina and so he knows my body but he doesn’t know anyone else’s body and everything else was alien.”
Swash replied: “I did have to bite my tongue quite a lot because every urge and every feeling that you get about Rex as a mum, you know being a lioness, wanting to protect him, as a dad I get them exact feelings.”
The star said people tend to think men’s feelings about their children aren’t as strong as women’s, explaining: “And they are. So I did struggle.”
He added that although he understood there were times were he resented Solomon “slightly”.
Here We Go Again With Stacey Solomon is available on Global Player and all other major podcast platforms.