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Shaughna Phillips breaks down in tears as she recalls her late dad’s cancer battle

Shaughna Phillips shared memories of her late father Eddie on Tuesday’s episode of ITV’s The Real Full Monty on Ice.

The Love Island star is taking part in the new reality show which aims to raise awareness of checking for cancer, and during the final episode meeting survivors was an emotional trigger.

Shaughna, 26, broke down while speaking to a group of burlesque dancers, that had all faced breast cancer. 

Emotional scenes: Shaughna Phillips shared memories of her late father Eddie on Tuesday’s episode of ITV’s The Real Full Monty on Ice

As the mothers spoke about their children and the affect cancer had had on their families, Shaughna started crying.  

‘Sorry I’m a bit of a mess,’ she apologised before explaining that her father had died of cancer four years afgo.

‘My dad died of cancer and I’m so glad that your kids have still got you,’ she told the women.

‘I know its like a battle having all the treatment and having all the surgery but I can speak from a child’s point of view that your kids will thank you so much for fighting the hardest battle of your life.’

Dad: Shaughna's father died from cancer four years ago, and the Love Island star explained that she wished she could have thanked him for his brave decision to undergo treatment

Dad: Shaughna’s father died from cancer four years ago, and the Love Island star explained that she wished she could have thanked him for his brave decision to undergo treatment  

Shaughna continued: ‘My dad always used to say if he didn’t have me or my brother, he’d never have had any treatment.

‘He only had it for us and I wish I had more of an opportunity to tell my dad thank you. So I want to say thank-you on behalf of your kids.’

Shaughna’s dad was just 49-years-old when he was diagnosed and tragically died in December 2016. 

On Monday morning, Shaughna paid a heartfelt tribute to her late father on the fourth anniversary of his death, taking to Instagram to share a childhood photograph and an emotional message.

Tough: Shaughna, 26, broke down while speaking to a group of burlesque dancers, that had all faced breast cancer.As the mothers spoke about their children the star started crying

Tough: Shaughna, 26, broke down while speaking to a group of burlesque dancers, that had all faced breast cancer.As the mothers spoke about their children the star started crying

The reality star, 27, touched on her ‘new line of work’ in the note to her dad, as she vowed to use her newfound profile to promote the importance of checking your body and detecting cancer early.

Shaugna wrote: ‘Dear daddy, 4 years ago I gave you one last kiss, laid my eyes on you one last time, and held your hand for one last moment. But that was in no way the last time I spoke to you, because I talk to you every single day.

‘My heart still aches for you like it did 4 years ago, I don’t even know how I’ve gone so long without your physical presence?!

Doting dad: Shaughna explained to the women: 'My dad always used to say if he didn't have me or my brother, he'd never have had any treatment'

Doting dad: Shaughna explained to the women: ‘My dad always used to say if he didn’t have me or my brother, he’d never have had any treatment’

‘But the bond you have with your parent is sooooo much deeper than just a physical one, and I have no doubt that you’ve been guiding me along the way, and helping me through every obstacle I face.’

Turning to her new life as a reality star, Shaugna explained: ‘By some very strange turn of events, I have found myself in this new line of work, entertainment! (I know, I’ve even blagged my way on to the telly).

Vowing to do good: On Monday morning, Shaughna paid a heartfelt tribute to her late father on the fourth anniversary of his death

Vowing to do good: On Monday morning, Shaughna paid a heartfelt tribute to her late father on the fourth anniversary of his death

Message: The reality star, 27, touched on her 'new line of work' in the note to her dad, as she vowed to use her newfound profile to promote the importance of checking your body

Message: The reality star, 27, touched on her ‘new line of work’ in the note to her dad, as she vowed to use her newfound profile to promote the importance of checking your body

‘But tonight, on the 4th anniversary of your passing, I will be on ITV doing my best to raise awareness for detecting cancer early, checking yourself regularly, going to see your doctor for an MOT just because…

‘And if I am able to stop just one daughter from losing their dad, and feeling the pain that I have to live with every day, then I will go to bed with a smile on my face.

‘I love you SO much dad, as I tell you every day. 22 years wasn’t enough, but I’m grateful for every second of them. You are truly the greatest dad I could have ever been blessed with. E.P.’

Heartbreaking: Shaughna has been open about losing her father to cancer and the close bond they shared

Heartbreaking: Shaughna has been open about losing her father to cancer and the close bond they shared 

The full female line-up of stars who starred in this year’s The Real Full Monty On Ice is Linda Lusardi, 62, Shaughna Phillips, 27, Hayley Tamaddon, 43, Dame Jenni Murray, 70, Dr. Zoe Williams, 40, and Coleen Nolan, 55.

The male line-up featured Ashley Banjo, Perri, 24, ex-rugby player Gareth Thomas, 46, Jake Quickenden, 32, Bob Champion, 72, Jamie Lomas, 45, and Chris Hughes, 27. 

The stars taking part in the two-part specials on ITV show revealed all to the nation on Monday and Tuesday night.

The two 90-minute specials aimed to demonstrate the importance of shedding body inhibitions and making checks in intimate areas to prevent cancer.  

Tribute: The star previously had a beautiful poem written by her late father inked onto her arm in his memory

Tribute: The star previously had a beautiful poem written by her late father inked onto her arm in his memory


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