Chantelle Houghton and Alex Reid have been engaged since October 2011
After Chantelle Houghton ranted at Alex Reid, 36, for sending private Tweets to model Amy Willerton, 19, he spent the weekend at his parents' house in Aldershot, Hampshire, so Chantelle could calm down.

But far from taking their rows seriously, we can reveal Alex has been joking about them to friends and saying he found it easier to live with Katie Price. Ouch!

A friend tells us: ‘Alex has been saying: "Short of putting a tracker in my pants and wearing a chastity belt, I'm not let out these days!"'

A source adds: ‘Alex is trying to remain calm over their constant arguing. Now he doesn't even refer to Chantelle by name but calls her "Pregzilla".

'It's his way of lightening the mood but all the bickering is taking its toll.'

This is the second time the couple - who are preparing for the birth of their daughter in June - have had a huge bust-up.

Earlier this year Chantelle, 28, was spotted storming out of their house in Brentwood without her diamond engagement ring.

‘Alex has been spending a lot of time in Aldershot, rather than their home in Essex, which is telling,' says a friend.

‘It's almost as if they're pinning their happiness on the arrival of their baby.'

However, Chantelle's rep tells Now: ‘Alex is committed to Chantelle and their baby.'

Read more about Chantelle Houghton and Alex Reid in Now magazine dated 26 March 2012 - out now! 

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