A 13-yr-old boy and a 12-year-old girl have become Britain’s youngest parents.
The mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, gave birth to a 7Ib baby girl last weekend after she fell pregnant while at primary school in north London at the tender age of 11.
The boy and girl met over Christmas 2012 when she was ten and he was 12. She is now in Year 7, and her boyfriend, who also cannot be named for legal reasons, is in Year 9 at another school.
Speaking exclusively to LBC radio, the girl’s father, known as Greg, admitted that he was heartbroken by the situation, but insisted that he did not know his daughter was sexually active at 11 and only found out about the pregnancy a month ago.
He said: “Unfortunately kids at this age are going to grow up and have boyfriends and partners. If they do things behind their parents’ back that’s something that we are never going to find out.
“It is heartbreaking, but you can’t turn back time. You can only go forwards.
“We don’t know where it happened. What you’re implying is that we knew they were having sexual intercourse in bedrooms. No.
“We cannot keep her wrapped up her whole life. I can’t keep a watch on her 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
“You don’t know what has gone on and once the mistake has been made, you just have to support them.
“That little girl has not brought shame to me at all. I am so proud of her.”
When asked how he can be proud of his daughter being sexually active at 11, he said: “Unfortunately she is still my little girl whether she has done that or not. I would rather come home and face this than find that she is on drugs at 11 or 12. She’s not the first person and will not be the last person.
“She has brought something beautiful in the world and so we are going to standby and support this.”
He also refutes claims the couple want to now get married and added: “It is news to us and absolute nonsense. It is not even on the cards.”
Classmates at the girl’s school have been left shocked as she only left lessons last month and was said to have not looked pregnant.
On Tuesday the girl went to register the child’s birth with her mother, who is 27 and is also now one of Britain’s youngest grandmothers.