Loose Women’s Judi Love reveals she was left ‘heartbroken and empty’ by her father’s death and praises her immigrant parents for providing her with a ‘world of opportunity’
- Judi Love, 40, revealed that her father passed away on social media last week
- The London strip said she felt ‘heartbroken and empty’ after losing her father
- Today appeared on Loose Women for the first time since her father passed away
- Talked about her late mom and dad and said she ‘takes every day as it comes’
Judi Love says she is determined to carry on her mother and father’s legacy after her father passed away last week, praising her parents for providing her with a ‘world of opportunity’.
The London-based comic, 40, shared a heartfelt post on social media last Wednesday saying she was ‘heartbroken and empty’ after her father died, and this afternoon she returned as a panelist on Loose Women.
She said her loss has given her “so much compassion” for those who lost loved ones during the pandemic and that for now she is simply “taking each day as it comes.”
Loose Women panelist Judi Love says she’s determined to carry on her mom and dad’s legacy after her dad passed away last week
The London-based comic, 40, shared a heartfelt post on social media last Wednesday saying she was ‘heartbroken and empty’ after her father died.
“For me, I’m in a place where I take every day as it comes,” she said. ‘I just think to myself, I had these two parents who were migrants, were from Jamaica, and I have a world of opportunities. I meet great people and I just want to carry on that legacy. ‘
Judi took care of her father for the past year and said she is still in shock from the death, which happened while she was taking time off to spend with her family.
“It’s still very sensitive and very raw, just the feeling of shock really,” said Judi. ‘I took a beak on social media anyway because I wanted to spend time with the kids and there was so much going on in the world.
‘I’ve been taking care of my dad for a year now and I just haven’t had any free time. I think one of my last [social media] messages was given to loved ones and continue to create those memories.
She said her loss gave her “so much compassion” for those who lost loved ones during the pandemic
Judi said she still is, I am shocked by the death, which occurred while she had taken time off to spend with her children and her father – whom she had taken care of for the past year
So having free time and it does, it just reminds us how precious time is and it just gave me so much compassion for those who lost loved ones this year with everything that’s going on.
‘I am so grateful to the team, guys, and only the people who sent so much love on social media. ‘
Last week, Judi shared a moving tribute to her dad on Instagram, posting a photo of the happy Judi laying on her dad with her arm grinning.
In addition to the post she wrote, ‘I feel empty and heartbroken for many reasons. RIP dad. For the past few weeks I’ve been trying to put you at ease, I’ve been trying to reach you, father, really. Rest well. ‘
Later in the show, she spoke about her dad again, adding, ‘My dad, he was very comical, both of you. He had a rather expressive voice, the accent, when he did his fancy accent, just really lively.
Judi lost her mother in 2009, and in February last year she brought up her heartbreaking battle with dementia, revealing that she ‘screamed and cried’ when her mother forgot who she was.
The comedian explained that her mother, whom she cared for until her death, couldn’t remember who she was because of the condition, which causes a deterioration in memory.
The panelist said she was “emotionally drained” by her mother’s condition, explaining how difficult it is to see someone “you grew up with and loved” turn into a “shell” of a person.
She said, ‘The person’s mind is gone and you have the shell. As a caregiver, I can’t even explain the emotional [impact]. It’s so exhausting. ‘
‘I remember one time when I was with my mom, she just didn’t know who I was. I went to my friends’ house, and I went to the kitchen and I screamed and cried and cried and cried.
“I can’t explain that I’ve seen someone you grew up with or loved and who’s gone, they’re absolutely gone.”