Chantelle Houghton cuts a forlorn figure as she struggles to carry her shopping bags home after a day out with baby Dolly

By Daily Mail Reporter

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She was faced with a tough decision earlier this month when she called time on her relationship with her ex-fiancé and the father of her child, Alex Reid.

But determined to move on with her life and step up to the challenges that she has to now has to take on as a single mother, Chantelle Houghton was pictured on Thursday out and about in Essex.

The 29-year-old was seen as she used one hand to push her baby girl Dolly in her stroller and held several shopping bags in her other.

Life as a single mother: Chantelle Houghton was pictured in Essex on Thursday shopping with her baby Dolly

Life as a single mother: Chantelle Houghton was pictured in Essex on Thursday shopping with her baby Dolly

Chantelle, who looked downcast, popped into Boots and Mothercare - no doubt to restock on goods for her precious little girl.

 

Dressed down, the make-up free blonde wore a pair of tan Ugg boots with a black top and a jeans.

Back at the home which she used to share with Alex, the former Celebrity Big Brother star struggled to get all her carrier bags through the front door in one go.

She was also seen unloading a large rectangular box from the back of her car, along with Dolly's pushchair.

Day to day struggles: Chantelle appeared to be struggling to get all her shopping through her front door

Day to day struggles: Chantelle appeared to be struggling to get all her shopping through her front door

Chantelle had recently admitted to her New! Magazine column that she is struggling with the split.

She said: 'People have said I'm looking slim but I don't know why because I'm living on takeaways. I love Nando's, Indian, Chinese food and pizza - I just don't have time to make dinners from scratch.

'I was a size 10 before I got pregnant and now I'm a 14. My belly's really flabby but I really don't care right now.'

Doing it for Dolly: The 29-year-old was also seen removing a large box from the back of her car

Doing it for Dolly: The 29-year-old was also seen removing a large box from the back of her car

Meanwhile on Tuesday, Alex spent time looking at luxury Ferraris as he deals with the breakdown of his relationship with Chantelle.

The cage fighter cut a solitary figure as he visited the upmarket car boutique Sparks in West London, where he viewed several posh motors.

He poured over the finer details of the vehicles for more than an hour, but his publicist insists he was only looking at the cars - and not buying.

Eyeing up the models: The star puts his love woes aside to look at new motors in West London on Tuesday

Eyeing up the models: The star puts his love woes aside to look at new motors in West London on Tuesday

Classy: The star appeared interested in the black model

Classy: The star appeared interested in the black model

His spokesperson tells MailOnline: 'He hasn't bought a Ferrari. The showroom's next door to his gym.

'He popped in to have a look because he loves Ferraris. He was genuinely having a look, but he hasn't bought anything.'

Racy red: The cage fighter, who wants to win Chantelle back, seems to take a shine to the brighter model

Racy red: The cage fighter, who wants to win Chantelle back, seems to take a shine to the brighter model

Raring to go: Alex got behind the wheel of the red model to see how it drove...

Raring to go: Alex got behind the wheel of the red model to see how it drove...

Alex's afternoon at the showroom comes in a dramatic week for the star, who filmed an emotional video plea in a bid to win back Chantelle's heart.

The clip, released on Now Magazine's website, is just over a minute long and sees Alex make an impassioned bid for the former couple to sort out their problems for the sake of three-month-old daughter Dolly.

He pleaded: 'Chantelle, I love you, I really love Dolly and I really want us to work. But things really have to change. There's been so many untruths said, and I feel if I don't say something, it's going to get worse and worse. Things have to change.

'You can't keep venting your anger to me in your column. Every couple argues but you don't need to tell the world our problems. I know you love me. I hope you love me. Let's sort this out.'

Not today: His spokesperson insists Alex was only looking at the cars, not buying Not today: His spokesperson insists Alex was only looking at the cars, not buying

 

The comments below have been moderated in advance.

I cannot understand how people can have a child when they are in a relationship only a couple of months - do these kind of relationships ever work out. What is the fancination with these two she was a complete unknown until "celebrity big brother" and him unknown only for the fact he was married to another attention seeker "jordan". Surley there must be a lot more important news in the world? How is shopping with a buggy and shopping bags news.

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Its pathetic reporting on these non entities...hes spending jordans divorce money and so is she i excpect. Why the hell are they worthy of coverage?

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He definitely has more money than sense. I just think he's an idiot

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So glad you are stalking them on a daily basis otherwise I wouldn't be able to sleep for worrying about these non-entities.

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keep your legs closed luv instead of spreading for any z list celebrity !

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'I just don't have time to make dinners from scratch' *********************** This has GOT to be the statement of the year! I'm sure there are millions of mothers out there who have more than one small child to take care of, who work full time, and still have tea on the table at night. Are we supposed to feel sorry for her?!

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dar,da,dar,da get a job ! the pair of you shamless wanna be's

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I don't know much of her but she clearly is just trying to get on with being a mum and the paps are at her door. She def has the face of a woman with Post natal depression and being with a tool like him would be enough to send anyone there. She will do better without him. Only one baby to look after. He should be ashamed of himself. Selfish sod.

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I wonder if ye olde saying... once a chav, always a chav is the only way to describe this wanna-be

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Chantelle is beautiful and has adapted well to being a mum. Just like Peaches Geldof. Their little babies have changed their lives for the better.

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