Dani Dyer paid a poignant tribute to her father Danny on his 44th birthday on Saturday, days after her now ex-boyfriend Sammy Kimmence was sentenced to three years in prison.
Sammy, 25, was sent to prison for 42 months for defrauding two pensioners of £34k last week, prompting Dani to end their relationship six months after they welcomed their son Santiago.
The Love Island star, 24, shared a sweet black and white photo of her cuddling up with her dad and she gushed that she was ‘so grateful to have a dad like you in my life’.
‘So thankful’: Dani Dyer took to her Instagram stories on Saturday to wish her dad Danny a happy 44th birthday after the family was reeling from Sammy Kimmence’s jail term
Dani told her EastEnders actor dad: ‘Congratulations on being such a special person @officialdannydyer so grateful to have a dad like you in my life..
‘Thank you for all the laughter and being the most wonderful grandpa of santi. I love you millions xx’
The Love Island star also shared a funny video of Danny fumbling in a striped T-shirt and shades in a recording studio.
The close-knit father-daughter duo regularly entertains their fans with their collaborative podcast Sorted with the Dyers.
Sorted with the Dyers: The Love Island star also shared a funny video of Danny fumbling in a striped T-shirt and shades in a recording studio for their collaborative podcast
The birthday celebration comes after Dani returned to social media for the first time since her Sammy was in prison on Thursday.
The Love Island star took to Instagram to celebrate six months with her son Santiago in a sweet post – she didn’t hint at Sammy, who she’s now split from.
Dani shared an adorable photo with Santiago, calling him “My absolute pride and joy.”
Solo: It comes after Dani returned to social media on Thursday to celebrate her son’s half-birthday after the father of her child Sammy Kimmence was sent to prison for 42 months
Parents: Dani and convict Sammy welcomed Santiago in January. She has yet to comment on her co-parents’ conviction but has ended their two-year relationship relatie
As well as more adorable snaps of baby Santiago snuggling up to his toy bunny, Dani wrote: “Loving you for 6 whole months, baby boy…I can’t believe how fast time flies,
“You made me realize how precious time is, and what it’s like not to rest.
“Mommy loves you more than words can ever describe,” she signed the sweet message.
‘You made me realize how precious time is’: Dani shared a series of adorable photos of Santiago snuggling up against his toy bunny
Swindler Sammy was sentenced to five counts of fraud after he persuaded the vulnerable retirees to let him invest their money for them and then poured out expensive restaurants, hotels, clothing and even a personalized license plate for his Mercedes.
Sammy’s victims had been clients of his when he worked as a Senior Trader at Equine Global Sports Limited, a company that subsequently went bankrupt.
The company received money from customers that it would use to place bets on horse racing on their behalf.
After this company stopped trading, Sammy contacted two of his older former clients and pretended to continue investing their money in the same way, but instead used it to fund his lavish lifestyle, leaving one victim’s the bread line lived’.
Crime: Sammy persuaded vulnerable retirees to let him invest their money for them, then plunged into a lavish lifestyle (pictured with Dani in 2019)
Prosecutors said Sammy ‘groomed’ his elderly victims and compared his fraud to ‘a’ fox gets a key to the coop’ and said a pensioner had regarded the swindler as “a friend” until his death.
Dani and Sammy welcomed their first child in January and the new mom said they were “in a complete bubble and enjoying every moment.”
Now Sammy will be absent from both Dani’s and baby Santiago’s lives as he serves time for his deception.
Torn: Dani and Sammy welcomed their first child in January, but the crook will now be absent from the lives of both the reality star and baby Santiago as he serves time for his cheating
Dani’s father Danny is said to be relieved that his daughter has broken away from the scammer.
The EastEnders actor and the rest of Dani’s family have said they “think it’s best” and have told her “she will never be alone as a single mother,” according to the BBC. OK!.
A source told the publication: ‘Dani’s father Danny and her entire family are relieved that she has run away.
“They think this is the best. They have told her that as a single mother she will never be alone because they will always help her raise Santiago.”
The source added: “Dani knew Sammy’s crime was bad, but everyone thinks she just stuck her head in the sand and didn’t face the enormity of his crimes until he was convicted.”
Meanwhile, a source revealed to the MailOnline that the heartbroken reality star is working on living as a single parent.
They said, ‘She’s absolutely knocked out by what happened to Sammy. She knows she has to make huge changes in her life and she is so distraught…
“All she knows is that her son Santiago is all that matters right now and she’s trying to figure out how best to take care of him as a single parent.”
Alone: A source revealed to the MailOnline that the heartbroken reality star is working on life as a single parent after dropping Sammy for lying to her ‘every step of the way’
The source continued: ‘She needs time to think about it. Sammy completely downplayed the lawsuit every step of the way.”
It has been revealed that she was misled about the seriousness of the crimes that saw Sammy tend to retirees to fund his lavish lifestyle.
The source said: “He made her believe that he had done nothing serious and that he would be given a suspended sentence now that she knows the full horror of the crime…
‘She’s broken. She feels very sorry for the two men he defrauded and whose lives he destroyed.’
Speaking about how she’s feeling now, they said, “She feels completely stupid that she ever believed him and she’s totally overwhelmed…”
“The little dream family she thought she had has fallen apart and she’s now trying to figure out the best way to pick up the pieces.”
Break: Dani (pictured with son Santi) packed on Wednesday to go on vacation without shamed boyfriend Sammy – despite buying him a ticket – after being jailed for three years