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Brenda Edwards has spoken out about the double tragedy she's suffered in recent weeks as her aunt passed away in America and a volcano erupted in her family home of Saint Vincent.
The 52 year old, who recently shared a peak inside the gorgeous home she shares with cats Tiny and Tempah, appeared on ITV's Loose Women to share her grief and sadness over the situation with her co-stars.
Paying tribute to her late aunt Shirley, who had been "very well", she explained: "It’s been a couple of weeks of upset and just not knowing what to do with ourselves.
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"I speak a lot about my aunts and how they were forces to be reckoned with and they raised me and made me the woman that I am and the cornerstone of the family.
"My aunty Shirley was such a strong lady and an intelligent woman, you know, she had her masters in education and everything…"
The TV presenter, who recently broke down as she bravely opened up on her experience with domestic abuse, went on to explain that she was unable to attend the funeral as her aunt passed away in the US and Covid-19 restrictions mean she couldn't travel there.
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Brenda continued: "We couldn't go to the funeral because she was in America… we couldn't go to the funeral. A few of my family, they tried to go over there but, you know, they weren't allowed into America."
The stunning star had taken to her Instagram feed to share a photo of the funeral service on her Instagram page on the day of the emotional event on Friday 16 April.
Paying tribute, she captioned it: "You were such a strong and positive role model for me growing up, I will miss your smiling beautiful face. RIP Aunty Shirley," alongside two praying hands emojis and two red heart emojis.
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This isn't the only tragedy to hit her and family as of late though as the La Soufrière volcano recently erupted, coating the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent in ash and leaving devastation in its wake.
"But aside from that, on top of that there is destruction that’s going on in my family home in Saint Vincent that I haven’t been able to talk about as well," she said.
"It’s saddened me that so many people don’t actually know what’s happening. Luckily we’ve received aid from neighbouring islands but the richer nations aren’t necessarily coming forward," Brenda said.
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Co-star Janet Street-Porter, 74, explained that the island is "untouched by tourism" before explaining that when she visited years ago, her guide said the volcano could cause "tremendous devastation" if it erupted.
Brenda then added: "It’s an agriculture island and people don’t even have basic drinking water because of the volcanic ash that has contaminated it."
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