Jeremy Meeks shot to stardom after his jail mugshot went viral in 2015. Meeks’ piercing icy blue eyes and heavily inked skin captured the hearts of women across the world and was soon dubbed ‘hot felon’ and ‘prison bae.’
As women praised Meeks for his attractiveness, there was one woman who had the 33-year-old’s ex-con’s love and attention.
Melissa Meeks, a registered nurse, was married to Jeremy for eight years before deciding to split this year. The couple shares a seven-year-old son named Jeremy Jr. and Melissa has two children from other marriages, Robert, 11 and Ellie, 16.
In a rare interview alongside the Phillippe Vogelenzang-photographed snaps, Jeremy spoke about fatherhood and wanting to set a good example for his children.
“I’m scared of failure and of disappointing my kids. I have a lot of people riding on me and rooting for me,” he said [via Mail Online]. “My son looks up to me. So that’s what scares me the most is disappointing him.”
He added, “I just want to do my best, be the best Jeremy Meeks and the best father I can be. That’s what keeps me awake.”
Meeks touted the birth of his son as the best day of his life.
“It was the most amazing thing I’ve ever experienced. Oh, man! It’s so hard to put into words. It’s so hard to put feelings into words like that,” he said.
In the same interview, he also spoke about his childhood and expressed gratitude to his older sister for raising him and his brother. His sister adopted them and afforded them a “better life.”
“She did an amazing job. We traveled a lot. She put her life on hold to better our lives. She had a better living situation,” he said.
Meeks is currently in a relationship with Topshop heiress Chloe Green. Their controversial relationship commenced when paparazzi spotted them making out aboard a yacht in Turkey earlier this summer.
In an exclusive interview with Mail Online, Melissa said she only learned of Jeremy’s extramarital affair after the press exposed the two. Melissa said she was under the impression that her estranged husband was overseas for a work obligation and was stunned to find out the truth.
“My whole world has been torn apart by this. What do I tell our children? My heart is broken,” she told the publication. “What sort of woman would do something like this to another woman? My marriage wasn’t perfect but I thought it could be saved until this happened.”
She added, “Of course I’m angry at [Chloe Green]. What she did is unforgivable. And I’m angry at him too. What they did destroyed my entire world. Did either of them think about the children and how this will affect them? They’re the innocent.”
Jeremy confirmed that he and Green are in love.
See more photos of Jeremy’s shoot below: