Jake Quickenden and partner Sophie Church welcomed Leo in February (Picture: Instagram/jakequickenden14)
Jake Quickenden has said that his girlfriend Sophie Church was told to ‘drown their baby’ in a slew of vile trolling.
The former X Factor star, who has previously spoken out about the trolling he and Sophie have faced over their baby son Leo, has called for laws surrounding social media to change.
Opening up about the online abuse, he said (via OK!): ‘It really shocked me. I’m used to people trolling me, but because I don’t respond to them, they saw an opportunity to target Leo instead.’
Jake added to new magazine: ‘It hurt, but you have to ask yourself, “Why are people doing this?” Sophie received one saying, “Why don’t you drown your baby.” Something must change with the online laws.’
The 32-year-old has been open about the vile abuse he and Sophie have faced over their son Leo, who they welcomed in February.
Posting an image of Leo online, Jake lashed out, writing: ‘REAL POST… So in the past week this little man has been told he needs Botox, that he’s ugly as f**k and that he’s weird looking, me myself have also been told stay off social media if you don’t want to be trolled.
Jake has been open about dad life (Picture: Jake Quickenden/Twitter)
‘It’s so baffling to me that I should have to stay off social media if I don’t want my four-week-old trolled.
‘I don’t mind people giving me s**t, as sad as it is I’ve had to get used to being called “irrelevant“, “ugly“, “attention seeking“ and the list goes on but to troll an innocent child is so wrong and the people doing it seriously need to seek help.’
Jake said that he was shocked by the ‘thought process of some people’, insisting he would stand his ground on the web.
He continued: ‘Maybe people just shouldn’t troll. I enjoy social media it’s full of lovely people who are supportive and I like sharing my ups and downs.
‘I try and be real as possible, but unfortunately there is a dark side of social media and something needs doing about it.’
He’s not the only star calling for change in the laws surrounding social media either – Katie Price has been campaigning for years to have ‘Harvey’s Law’ passed.
The proposed bill would make it illegal to troll or abuse others online.
Katie has said that, under the proposed law, trolling would be made a punishable offence, and a registry of known trolls would be made available to the public.
Credit: Original article published here.