Father walks out on wife as she expects her 12th baby

ROUND DOZEN: Cheryl and Robert Prudham (holding babies) with the rest of their brood of 11. She is pregnant with the 12th
ROUND DOZEN: Cheryl and Robert Prudham (holding babies) with the rest of their brood of 11. She is pregnant with the 12th

Mother dubbed the “baby machine” claims her cheating husband has walked out on her as she expects her 12th child.

Cheryl Prudham, 32, claims about £38 000 (R655 000) a year in child allowances, tax credits and housing benefits with her husband Robert, 30.

But she says she would rather live as a single mother than continue living with him.

She said: “He’s been unfaithful more than 10 times. Things went wrong quite early on. Two weeks before we got married he was cheating.

“I was eight months pregnant with our first son, Leon, and I felt I had no choice but to get on with it. It was a mistake but I was naive and just hoped it was a one-off.

“I was desperate to have a stable family life and give the kids a home with a mum and a dad – something I’d never had but always craved.”

Prudham also revealed on Facebook the sex of her baby, saying: “I’m having a GIRL!!” which was greeted with congratulations.

She then said her eighth girl would have a double-barrelled name, saying: “I want a double barrel name, first name needs to begin with L like my Lexi-Rose, Lacey-May and Lainey-girl.”

She later said that due to the number of children she already had, she had run out of ideas for names.

The mother, from Gravesend, Kent in the UK, who had twins in August, hit the headlines at the beginning of the year after posting a scan of her 12th child – before quickly saying it was a joke. Yet it wasn’t.

Prudham, who had her first son when she was 17 and living in a homeless hostel, says she is proud of having 11 children.

She insisted she is not a lazy layabout and said: “It’s the government’s fault I’ve got so many kids. It’s easy to claim benefits.

– The Telegraph

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