Times journalist Anthony Lloyd interviewed Yago Riedijk in northern Syrian.
The former ISIS member — who insists he wasn’t a fighter — described his underage bride as “innocent”, “young” and “easy to love”.
Riedijk added he “broke down” after hearing about the death of his son from a reporter.
Explaining how he heard the news he said: “Actually, I was in the middle of an interview with a Dutch journalist when he asked me, ‘How do you feel about the loss of your third son?’
“We got close very quickly. She was so young and innocent”
“That was when I got the news and I basically broke down in the middle of the interview and I asked him to stop the interview.”
Describing his relationship with Shamima, he said: “We got close very quickly. She was so young and innocent. You know, it was really easy for me to love her.
“She was a really, really good wife. She was always dedicated to being a wife, very eager to do her best for me.”
Riedijk claimed the only time Shamima got to leave their home in the ultra conservative caphilate was when he escorted her to the park or market.
He recalled that the teenager — who he married when she was just 15 — was “devastated” at the loss of their first two children from malnutrition.
“It’s a subject I really don’t like to talk about because when I think of them I just break down,” he said.
Talking about the loss of Jerrah, he said: “Even if we’d just only had that one child, she would be able to hold him and cling onto that, but now she is alone and heartbroken, having lost three children.”
The Dutch national added that he wanted to see his wife — who is being held in a separate camp — to see how she is coping emotionally.
Riedijk is now trying to convince his home country that he is remorseful for joining ISIS in hope that he will be able to return, even if it means serving jail time.
He has previously indicated he believes there is no reason why he — a Dutch national — and his wife — who is stateless — shouldn’t live happily ever after.
“Wherever she goes, I’m going to go. If my country wants me then I either take my wife or I stay with her,” he told Sky News.