Actress and singer Jodi Albert last night paid a touching tribute to her mother Eileen who passed away after a long struggle with cancer.
"My beautiful little mummy passed away peacefully with her adoring family around her at 10.30pm after an 8-year battle with cancer," she said in a statement.
"She fought hard and her strength was inspiring right until the end. I will miss her forever and will do my best to be the loving selfless amazing mother to my children as she was to me."
The former Hollyoaks actress posted a sweet picture of her mum to Instagram last night, with the caption, "My beautiful little mummy."
Eileen was first diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and had been in remission for a number of years before it returned.
Jodi and her husband, Westlife's Kian Egan, married in 2009 and have one son together, three-year-old Koa. Last November the couple announced they were expecting a second child.
The actress is currently working on a book, The Furry Door, to help women better recognise the signs of post-natal depression – something Jodi herself suffered with after Koa's birth. "I was so happy with this beautiful baby, I would look at Koa and I was so euphoric and so happy, but at the same time I didn’t like myself which was very strange," she said in a recent interview.
Jodi admitted she was going through a lot of upheaval and change at the time – including her mum's diagnosis – which she feels contributed to her condition. "Westlife ended, Wonderland [Jodi's former girl group] ended, a few friends left our lives, and my mum was sick so there was a lot of change."
Our thoughts are with Jodi and her family at this sad time.