Strictly’s Kym Marsh pays tribute to daughter Emilie on her 25th birthday

‘You are my best friend!’ Kym Marsh pens heartfelt tribute to lookalike daughter Emilie on her 25th birthday… as she’s forced to miss Strictly after testing positive for Covid

She tested positive for Covid forcing her and professional partner Graziana Di Prima out of Strictly this weekend. 

And on Saturday evening, Kym Marsh, 46, penned a heartfelt tribute to her lookalike daughter Emilie on her 25th birthday, and took to Instagram where she shared it alongside an array of throwback photos.

The former Hear’Say singer – who is also mum to son David, 27, and daughter Polly, 11 –  thanked Emilie for the ‘love and constant support’ she has shown, especially over the past few months.  

Happy Birthday! On Saturday evening, Kym Marsh, 46, penned a heartfelt tribute to her lookalike daughter Emilie on her 25th birthday, and took to Instagram where she shared it

Happy Birthday! On Saturday evening, Kym Marsh, 46, penned a heartfelt tribute to her lookalike daughter Emilie on her 25th birthday, and took to Instagram where she shared it

In a lengthy caption, Kym wrote: ’25 years!!!!! 25 years since you made our worlds a brighter place to be! You are and always have been our sunshine! You always loved every second of life!

‘Like a little whirlwind of fun sweeping through every room you walked into. You still are. You draw people to you, you make people smile, you make people angry too hahah but you are one of the funniest and kindest people I know!

‘You have such a good heart Emilie. You would absolutely turn yourself inside out to help others and I know that only too well of late especially.

‘I won’t ever forget the love and constant support you have given to me, particularly these last few months, whether that’s helping take care of Polly while I work, calling into rehearsals late at night with treats to cheer me up cos you know I’m tired, or cooking endless meals for me and @grazianodiprima and making him welcome in your home and your life.

Gorgeous: The former Hear'Say singer - who is also mum to son David, 27, and daughter Polly, 11 - shared an array of throwback photos in her birthday post

Gorgeous: The former Hear’Say singer – who is also mum to son David, 27, and daughter Polly, 11 – shared an array of throwback photos in her birthday post

Grateful: Kym thanked Emilie for the 'love and constant support' she has shown, especially over the past few months

Grateful: Kym thanked Emilie for the ‘love and constant support’ she has shown, especially over the past few months

Kym also praised her daughter for making her a grandmother, writing: ‘You are a wonderful mummy, those babies are so so lucky to have you to guide them through their lives.

‘You’re a fantastic sister, always there for David and Polly whenever they may need you. An amazing friend, and this I know first hand because you are my BEST friend, the laughs and the tears we have shared are ones I will carry with me always.

‘There are so many wonderful things I can say about you, but I would be here all night, so I will end with this…..Emilie I am so very proud to call you my daughter.

‘You are one hell of a woman!! So here’s to you baby girl! Happy birthday. Love you so much always and forever xxx.’

Throwback: Kym included a black-and-white throwback snap of herself an Emilie together

Throwback: Kym included a black-and-white throwback snap of herself an Emilie together

Birthday collage: The doting mum also included a collage of precious moments

Birthday collage: The doting mum also included a collage of precious moments

Kym’s emotional birthday tribute to Emilie, comes after the soap star was forced to pull out of this weekend’s instalment of Strictly

A Strictly spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘Kym Marsh has tested positive for Covid-19. As a result, Kym and Graziano will not be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing this weekend. 

‘Strictly Come Dancing protocols mean that all being well, they will return the following week.’

Bad luck! It comes after Kym tested positive for Covid , forcing her to miss this weekend's instalment of Strictly - a fortnight after she almost quit over a 'crippling panic attack'

Bad luck! It comes after Kym tested positive for Covid , forcing her to miss this weekend’s instalment of Strictly – a fortnight after she almost quit over a ‘crippling panic attack’

The announcement comes just two weeks after Kym admitted she nearly quit the show after suffering a crippling panic attack just hours before the live show. 

The television star was said to have burst into tears before she was consoled by twinkle-toed star Graziano, 28, ahead of a live show that aired last month.

Former Coronation Street actress Kym, who is said to have contemplated quitting the contest due to her overwhelming anxiety, told The Sun: ‘It just came over me, almost out of nowhere, and I couldn’t carry on.’

Lots of emotions: The television star was said to have burst into tears before she was consoled by twinkle-toed star Graziano, 28, ahead of a live show that aired last month

Lots of emotions: The television star was said to have burst into tears before she was consoled by twinkle-toed star Graziano, 28, ahead of a live show that aired last month 

It is claimed Kym struggled to continue dancing, prompting producers to comfort her as she calmed down, and hours later she took to the floor again during the live show and completed her dance. 

Former Hear’Say singer Kym added: ‘I’ve always suffered from panic attacks. It’s something I don’t mind talking about because I know it can affect anyone at any time.

‘Sometimes it has been ages (since an attack) and then suddenly one just hits.

‘Everyone thinks that because you’re on the telly you must be amazingly confident, but the truth is that I’m not always and this is how that comes out.’

Strictly Come Dancing 2022: Kym dedicated the American Smooth to her late son Archie as she and partner Graziano were awarded 31 points during Couples' Choice week last Saturday

Strictly Come Dancing 2022: Kym dedicated the American Smooth to her late son Archie as she and partner Graziano were awarded 31 points during Couples’ Choice week last Saturday

She added that she did not know what brought on the panic attack, surmising that it could have been that she’d had some harsh comments from the judges combined with the fact she’d also been working other jobs, leaving her emotional and exhausted.

Kym said she ‘lost her confidence completely’ and ‘went to pieces’, admitting she did not see how she could carry on with the show.

Despite having therapy in a bid to curb her anxiety, Kym said it can still ‘creep up’ on her.

Meanwhile, Kym and Graziano were awarded 31 points for their American Smooth to Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol during the eighth episode of the show, which she dedicated to her late son Archie. 

He passed away following a premature birth in February 2009.

Emotional: The actress said in her VT: 'It reminds us of my son Archie. I gave birth to him prematurely and unfortunately he died shortly after'

Emotional: The actress said in her VT: ‘It reminds us of my son Archie. I gave birth to him prematurely and unfortunately he died shortly after’

The actress said in her VT: ‘It reminds us of my son Archie. I gave birth to him prematurely and unfortunately he died shortly after.

The emotional star continued: ‘I feel by doing this dance, it will be not only in memory of Archie but get people talking about their own experiences.’

Kym and her ex-husband Jamie Lomas were left heartbroken when their child passed away at just 21 weeks, following a premature birth in February 2009.

Judge Motsi Mabuse said: ‘The message you tried to put through, the fragility and vulnerability came through, it was so clear. It started so well, I don’t know what happened. There was a sudden change of energy and I don’t know why. There was a great ending and it started so wonderfully.’

Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One at 7:15pm on Sunday – when one more couple will be eliminated from the contest. 

Speaking out: Former Coronation Street actress Kym, who is said to have contemplated quitting the contest, said her panic attack 'just came over me, almost out of nowhere'

Speaking out: Former Coronation Street actress Kym, who is said to have contemplated quitting the contest, said her panic attack ‘just came over me, almost out of nowhere’

STRICTLY COME DANCING 2022: WHO ARE THE CONTESTANTS?

KYM MARSH

Age: 46

Profession: Coronation Street star and presenter

Kym says: ‘I’m so delighted that this year they have! I’m a huge fan of the show and can’t believe I’m going to go from watching at home in my pyjamas to actually dancing in front of the judges in a glittery dress.’

ELLIE SIMMONDS 

Age: 27

Profession: Former athlete 

Ellie says: ‘To be asked to be part of the Strictly family is just so exciting and I cannot wait, it’s going to so much fun.’

TYLER WEST 

Age: 26

Profession: Radio DJ

Tyler says: ‘It’s a show that means so much to me and my family and I can’t wait to seriously shake a leg on that shiny dance floor… with a side of sequins.’

ELLIE TAYLOR

 

Age: 38

Profession: Comedian

Ellie says: ‘Well, cover me in fake tan and roll me in sequins! I’m absolutely over the moon to be a part of Strictly 2022!’

TONY ADAMS MBE 

Age: 55 

Profession: Retired footballer and manager

Tony says:  ‘To say I’m excited is an understatement – the lure of the sequins and the call of the salsa has me swapping my battered old football boots for a set of Strictly soft shoes’

WILL MELLOR

Age: 46

Profession: Actor

Will says: ‘I know it will be a huge challenge but that’s what life is all about. This is also my Mum’s favourite show and she’s had a really tough few years so I’m doing this is for her as well. Bring it on!’

 MOLLY RAINFORD

 Age: 21

Profession: Singer 

Molly says: ‘I already know it’s gonna be an experience of a lifetime and I can’t wait to meet the rest of the Strictly family I’ll be sharing it with.’

FLEUR EAST

Age: 34 

Profession: Singer

Fleur says: ‘I’m equally nervous and thrilled to be part of this year’s Strictly line up. I’m excited to learn new skills and I want to soak up every moment of this magical experience.’

 HAMZA YASSIN

Age: 35

Profession: Wildlife cameraman and presenter

Hamza says: ‘I am absolutely over the moon to be joining Strictly 2022. Never in a million years did I think I’d be on such a cool show.’

HELEN SKELTON

Age: 39

Profession: TV and radio broadcaster

Helen says: ‘I’m really excited to get stuck into a fun adventure. My family and friends have always loved the show and can’t wait for me to get started’

 

 

 

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