A young mum has revealed how she gets on so well with her fiancé’s ex that they all spend Christmas together.
Kaylee Hamilton and Emily Cann, both 25, say they bonded after a frank talk about their sex lives.
Kaylee has been in a relationship with fiancé Javan Sebastian, 27, for almost three years, and they have two sons, Milan, one, and Marcellus who arrived last month.
But Javan is also dad to five-year-old daughter Nevaeh, from a three-year relationship with former partner Emily.
When Kaylee fell pregnant with Javan’s son Marcellus – Nevaeh’s half-brother – the women gelled and Emily, a stay-at-home mum, spent a cosy Christmas with Javan and his new family as well as her current partner Euros Thomas, 26, and their two children Amara, three and five-month-old Dottie.
Kaylee, also a full-time mum with a three-year-old daughter Mazey from a previous relationship, says: "Some might think it is a bit odd that Javan’s ex and her family will spend Christmas with me, Javan and the kids but for us, it will feel like any normal Christmas.
“It solves the problem of who will have Nevaeh on Christmas Day which used to cause arguments and doing it this way means neither Javan or Emily misses out. We all get along really well – Emily is like a sister to me.
“We’ll swap gifts in the morning – we have a £40 budget for us adults and the same for each child – and the older kids will play together. Javan cooks dinner while me and Emily catch up.
"Then we'll have some drinks, perhaps watch a Christmas film and they’ll all stay the night. We did it last year and can’t wait to do the same again.”
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They haven’t always been this close. Kaylee was first introduced to Emily in May 2019, just a couple of months after she started dating Javan, and the two women got off to a frosty start.
Emily says: “I didn’t like Kaylee at first. Me and Javan had been apart for a year when Javan met Kaylee and we still argued a lot. We disagreed on childcare when it came to Nevaeh and Kaylee would take his side.
"That made things difficult between us. We saw each other when we had to."
It was only when Kaylee fell pregnant with Nevaeh's half-brother, Milan, a couple of months later the girls became friendlier.
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Kaylee says: “My feelings towards Emily changed towards the end of my pregnancy with Milan. Both of us would have a child with Javan which put us on a more even footing. With Javan being the dad of both children, we found a common ground.
"She no longer felt like a threat to mine and Javan's relationship."
“My labour with Milan was induced and I was in hospital for a week. Javan couldn’t drive and because I didn’t have family close by Emily helped out. She dropped snacks at the hospital and anything else I needed.
“It became impossible not to like her because she was being so kind, and it was during that time she started to feel like a friend and not just Javan’s ex.”
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Shortly after Milan was born, Kaylee invited Emily on a shopping trip as a thank you which she accepted.
Emily says: “I expected it to feel awkward with it being just the two of us because it isn’t every day you go out with your ex’s new partner, but I was surprised by our similarities.
“We’re both fiery and loud and we found out we have the same style and tastes in clothes – and we both talk a lot.”
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Kaylee says: "The more Emily talked to me about Javan and why their relationship didn't work, the more I realised she didn't have feelings for him. I felt comfortable and I started to open up about my relationship with Javan- just as you would with any girlfriend.
"It was impossible not to like her.”
The women, who live close to each other in Carmarthenshire, Wales, then began arranging double dates with Javan and Emily’s partner Euros.
Emily was even Kaylee’s birthing partner when she gave birth to Marcellus.
Kaylee says: “I know I can confide in Emily about anything. I even talk to her about mine and Javan's sex life. It might seem odd but she’s like a sister. It never feels weird.
Javan’s a professional rugby player, and was playing away when Marcellus was born so Emily helped by calling him on video chat so he could witness the birth.
“Javan jokes that Emily has ‘stolen’ me from him because we spend so much time together,” says Kaylee. “If we’re not on the phone we are round at each other’s houses and we walk in without asking because we’re so close. We even have matching pyjamas which we’ll probably wear on Christmas Day”
Emily adds: “If Emily and Javan have a row I’ll drive round to their house and pick her up.
“It’s never weird when she talks about Javan because we just weren’t right for each other and clashed”.
"People might think our set up is strange but it's completely normal for us and we wouldn’t change it,” says Emily.
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