‘It’s a great gift’: Jake Quickenden defends giving his own Instagram page to newborn son Leo

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Jake Quickenden has defended his decision to create an Instagram account for his three-month-old son Leo, stating that he has 30,000 followers and could become an ‘athlete or model’.

The former X Factor star, 32, who shares his first child with girlfriend Sophie Church, 28, said it’s a ‘great gift’ to give Leo his own social media page and hopes it will help his future career. .

Speak on Vicky Pattison’s The Secret To podcast Thursday he said: ‘We made him an Instagram. He now has nearly 30,000 followers.

Father: Jake Quickenden has defended his decision to set up an Instagram for his three-month-old son Leo, stating he has 30,000 followers and could be an ‘athlete or model’

People say, “Does he really need an Instagram?” I’m like, “What a great gift to give him.”

‘We have a kind of platform for him. He will have a few followers which is great. ‘

The singer continued, ‘With all these memories of growing up, from a baby to one, two, three, four, five … He’ll see me and Soph’ getting married.

‘I wish I could look at picture after picture of how I grew up. I have ten. I just loved it so much. ‘

High hopes: The former X Factor star, 32, who shares his first child with girlfriend Sophie Church, 28, said it's a 'great gift' to give Leo his own social media page.

High hopes: The former X Factor star, 32, who shares his first child with girlfriend Sophie Church, 28, said it’s a ‘great gift’ to give Leo his own social media page.

Jake added that they created the Instagram page for their baby because ‘he’s going to be an athlete or a model or something.’

He continued: ‘If he wants to be something. If he wants to do ballet, dance, acting … I can’t wait to support him in everything he wants to do. ‘

Jake has endured a challenging time on social media after Leo was born in February, after cruel trolls claimed the newborn ‘needs Botox’ and that he ‘looks weird’.

Proud: He said on Thursday in Vicky Pattison's The Secret To podcast: 'We made him an Instagram.  He now has almost 30,000 followers'

Proud: He said on Thursday in Vicky Pattison’s The Secret To podcast: ‘We made him an Instagram. He now has almost 30,000 followers’

Presence: He added: 'People are like,

Attendance: He added, “People say,” Does he really need an Instagram? ” I’m like, “What a great gift to give him.” We gave him a bit of a platform. He will have a few followers, which is wonderful ‘

But the TV personality has now decided to just ignore the horrible comments, but admits it will be difficult to reject his parental instinct to protect his son.

Speak against The sun Earlier this month, Jake said, “Obviously, the emotions I felt when he was cheated on were anger and surprise.

‘I understand if someone doesn’t like me, I can be a bit annoying, so I get that. But trolling a baby to try and get a response out of me is a bit low.

But you have to think, these people may need the arbitrary act of kindness. These people are probably the ones who need it. ‘

Upset: Jake has endured a defiant time on social media following the birth of Leo in February after cruel trolls claimed the newborn 'needs Botox' (pictured with girlfriend Sophie)

Upset: Jake has endured a defiant time on social media following the birth of Leo in February after cruel trolls claimed the newborn ‘needs Botox’ (pictured with girlfriend Sophie)

The dad of one said he tries to focus on the positives instead. But Jake hasn’t always managed to keep his cool and took to Instagram to name and shame some of the accounts that made horrible comments about his son.

When he hit on trolls again earlier this year, the proud dad wrote, ‘REAL POST … So in the last week this little guy has been told he needs Botox, that he’s so ugly and that he looks weird.

‘I have also been told to stay off social media if you don’t want to be cheated on, it’s so baffling to me that I should stay off social media if I don’t want my 4 week old kid dragged.

‘I don’t mind people giving me shit no matter how sad it is, I had to get used to being called’ irrelevant, ugly, attention seeking ‘and the list goes on but trolling an innocent kid is so wrong and the people who are serious about it should seek help. ‘

Jake continued: ‘Also why should I stay away from social media if I don’t want him to be cheated on, some people’s thought process is shocking, maybe people just shouldn’t be trolling.

‘I enjoy social media, it is full of lovely people who support me and I like to share my ups and downs, I try to be as real as possible, but unfortunately social media has a dark side and something needs to be done about it.

‘Anyway! The lion is 4 weeks today! Nice finish. Love you son @leooliverq. ‘(sic)

But earlier this month, Jake admitted that he deleted the screenshots shortly after posting them, fearing it could lead to the person being cheated on as well.

Response: Jake said he tries to focus on the positives instead, but hasn't always managed to keep a cool head by taking to Instagram to name and shame some of the accounts that have made terrible comments .

Response: Jake said he tries to focus on the positives instead, but hasn’t always managed to keep a cool head by taking to Instagram to name and shame some of the accounts that have made terrible comments .

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