Nadia Sawalha’s Loose Women co-star Kaye Adams has revealed that the 53-year-old has suffered a devastating loss.

Kaye and Nadia share a YouTube channel, and regularly post videos together. But recently, Kaye posted a video to her own Twitter, revealing why the pair has been so quiet on their social media channels recently.

She revealed the heartbreaking news that Nadia has recently lost her Nanny Thelma – her husband Mark’s biological grandmother.

On the video, Kaye shared with fans, “Sadly Nadia’s family has lost Nanny Thelma, which has been very difficult and very painful for them.”

Although Nadia is not biologically related to Nanny Thelma, the presenter has often spoken about her close bond with the 94-year-old, who in the past she has called her own Nanny.

In a piece written for the Mirror in 2013, 53-year-old Nadia shared that she, her husband and their daughters Maddie and and Kiki, were determined to go all out for Nanny Thelma’s 90th birthday, because, in her words, “Nanny Thelma deserves to be celebrated”.

‘It’s our dear Nanny Thelma’s 90th birthday tomorrow and Mark,’ she wrote. ‘The girls and I are holed up with her in her cosy seaside bungalow determined to MAKE her celebrate. You see, Nanny Thelma deserves to be celebrated, as do so many of her generation.’

Revealing that she had served in the armed forces, Nadia continued, “Yes, she’s Mark’s nan really but I’ve made her mine, too!”

Nadia hasn’t appeared on an episode of Loose Women since 21st November, with the heartbreaking news likely explaining her absence.

Nadia also shared an emotional video over on her Instagram following the announcement of the news, containing pictures of Nanny Thelma with her family.

Thank you all so much for your condolences Mark and I have taken real comfort from them .. Mark texted me these beautiful words last night that came to him whilst sitting in Nanny Thelma’s bungalow . I want to share them with you because I think they sum up so perfectly what it means to be loved by your nan… Rest in peace Thelma xx I’m lying here thinking of the royal wedding when we came down – I keep thinking of her sitting in that chair looking out at the garden – as we all sat with her – and she told stories for the seventh and eighth times – I’m thinking of when we talked about the film Dunkirk with her – I’m thinking of her walking with me to the Rec day after day to play cricket – the crab fishing – the cinema going – the cannon and ball shows – the ken Dodd shows – the little and large shows – the crazy golf – the summers of tennis, cricket and the boat races – the illuminations in Blackpool – the antique fairs with dad – the drives to the new forest and the quay – the games of bowls – the scrabble / the countless board games – the biscuits and currant buns before bed – the stories she told me before I fell to sleep in Birmingham as a toddler – her putting musical music on the record player whenever dad went for his walks – her sadness when he disappeared for weeks in the summers – her adoring me hiding in the car park of her work place – the walks along the piers – the sandwiches – the fish – the over cooked veggies – the hugs – the kisses – the protection Getting the Xmas tree from portobello market and tripping as we walked … helping to make my birthday parties run like clockwork … saving me from death at the hands of my mother as I screamed through the musical Annie … trying to swim but never being able to put her feet on the ground … marvelling at the worm away stones of the stairwells in Christchurch Priory and firing up my love of History … sighing at the unquantifiable vastness of the universe … asking me to search on my googly thing for the answers to countless questions … taking me horse riding and fretting as my horse jumped … (Continued in 1st comment)

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She thanked fans for their support in a heartfelt post, writing, ‘Thank you all so much for your condolences Mark and I have taken real comfort from them ..

‘Mark texted me these beautiful words last night that came to him whilst sitting in Nanny Thelma’s bungalow.

‘I want to share them with you because I think they sum up so perfectly what it means to be loved by your nan… Rest in peace Thelma xx’


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She went on to share the text, which included various touching memories of their beloved relative.

She wrote, ‘I’m thinking of her walking with me to the Rec day after day to play cricket – the crab fishing – the cinema going – the cannon and ball shows – the ken Dodd shows – the little and large shows…’

In the emotional Twitter video posted by Kaye, she also confessed that she and her family have also been suffering from their own troubles, admitting that her mother has also recently experienced a ‘health setback’.

Kaye said, “My own mum’s had a little bit of a health setback so I have been focussing on that.

She continued, “It’s just life I guess. You know, you try and keep all the plates spinning, but there comes times when you’ve just got to batten down the hatches and focus on what is really, really important. And I’m sure a lot of you will relate to that.

“So please bear with us as we muddle through this middle part of life and all the challenges it throws up.”

Nadia also retweeted the emotional video in response.

Fans also flocked to the video message to send their condolences to Nadia, Kaye and their families, with one writing, “Family first. Such awful news, sending comforting hugs to you both at such a difficult time  x”

While another social media user said, “Sorry to hear this sending lots to of love hugs your way…. family does come first so please take all the time you need to be with them x”.

 Our thoughts are with Kaye and Nadia at this tough time.
FROM: Woman & Home, our sister site.