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It started with baby Maisie Roxanne. She was born to a 15 year old mother, Chantelle Steadman. Maisie’s father was announced to be Alfie Patten, age 13. Then there were two other teenage boys, Richard Goodsell, 16 and Tyler Barker, 14, who came forward saying they could possibly be the father. Magazines and newspapers got in trouble for allegedly selling the teenage parents story. And the soap opera drama continues…
The love of money is the root of all evil, and with parents like Dennis Patten and Nicola Hill Patten, who are seperated and are in a battle over who gets to make money from their son’s story, it’s not hard to see why Alfie is a father at age 13. Nicola has angrily accused him of selling their son’s story to the media without her knowledge. Hours after she made that accusation, she is said to be making negotiations of her own to the sell the story.
But with a story like this one, don’t expect the media not to dig further. The Sunday Mail reported that Dennis, who bizarrely appeared in public wearing a rubber devil’s mask, said that he plans to capitalize on being a grandfather by making as much money as possible from the publicity surrounding his son’s fatherhood. “I wish this baby had never been born but it has,” he told a reporter. “Alfie is too young but I have to make the most of it. I’m going to make as much money as I can. I’m taking Alfie to London with me. I want to sell his story because I’ve heard people can get us loads of money for Alfie’s story.” Media reports say that at least 15 television companies are involved in a bidding war for the rights to make a documentary about the baby-faced, playstation loving teenager’s young fatherhood, with experts estimating that Alfie could earn up to half a million pounds ($1.1m). Dennis has instructed PR guru Max Clifford to broker deals on his son’s behalf and he is already being tailed by a TV documentary team (while Chantelle and her newborn daughter spent much of the weekend with a newspaper).
As Mr Patten spoke to reporters, Alfie was reportedly curled up in the back of Mr Patten’s car crying audibly.
But the drama doesn’t stop there for this familiy. Dennis is reportedly a father of nine children, including three stepchildren. He is said to have broken up with his wife two years ago after she caught him cheating on her with a 19-year-old friend of his stepdaughter, Jade, who is Mrs Patten’s daughter from a previous relationship. The two teenagers went to the same football club in Eastbourne, reported The Sun. It was also revealed that Jade, who is now 21, had her own child when she was just 13, and that her friend ‘Maz’, is still living with Mr Patten.
Alfie’s 19-year-old half-sister Nicole told The Sun that she blames their father for Alfie getting Chantelle pregnant. “If it wasn’t for him, Alfie wouldn’t be in this situation,” Nicole said. “When my dad left, it tore the family to pieces. Alfie’s mum took her eye off the ball – and Alfie looked for comfort somewhere else to take his mind off things.” She also suggested that Mr Patten has suddenly become the supportive father to Alfie all because of money.
Meanwhile, Nicola Patten is due to appear in court next week for failing to ensure Aflie attends school. She faces charges relating to a five month period of time last year when he failed to attend Willingdon Community School. Apparenly while Alfie was hanging out at Chantelle’s house, he was also guilty of truancy. The council started court proceedings against Mrs Patten under the Education Act and as a result she could be fined.
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