TO celebrate Mothering Sunday, we’ve asked presenter Scarlett Moffatt, 29, This Morning’s Alison Hammond, 44, Love Island star Laura Anderson, 29, and Charity campaigner Katie Piper, 35, to open their hearts in personal letters of appreciation to their mothers.
Join Fabulous as we take a peek at the intimate letters penned by four celebrity daughters.
Presenter Scarlett Moffatt, 29, and Betty, 48, who is from County Durham and works for her daughter
Scarlett wishes she’d told mum and ‘best friend’ Betty about being bullied[/caption]
If I could change anything, I’d go back to when I was being bullied as a teenager. I wish I’d told you and Dad [Mark, 52, a welder] as soon as it started that those girls were making my life miserable, but I didn’t want to stress you out.
Eventually, I had to confess I had no friends at school, and it was awful. I wanted you to think I was happy, but in reality I was bullied for being weird. My big teeth meant I could eat an apple through a letterbox, and I had a huge monobrow.
But you let me be odd – you bought me a metal detector so I could look for treasure and encouraged me to be myself. When I asked to do ballroom and Latin dance at the age of six, you got a job at Tammy Girl to pay for it. You always say learning to dance is on your bucket list, so let’s learn tap together! If I was ever asked to go on Strictly, I think it would literally make your life. After I won I’m A Celebrity! in 2016 everything changed. We now work together and you sort my life out.
I look at your relationship with Dad and I want the same. You got together when you were 17, you don’t argue and you laugh all the time. I can see how much he adores you. I’m seeing someone at the moment [Scott Dobinson, a police officer] and he’s like Dad, which sounds weird, but I know you’re pleased. You make me laugh more than anyone – we just look at each other and know what the other is thinking. If I’m down, my favourite thing to do is drive around with you singing Disney songs. I would not be the person I am if it wasn’t for you, and I can’t bear to imagine you not being around one day. Thank you for being my best friend.
This Morning’s Alison Hammond, 44, and Maria, 71, a retired probation officer from Birmingham
As a single parent to me, Nicholas and Saundra you did everything, juggling two or three jobs at a time, including working as a nurse, in a casino and selling Tupperware. You never wanted to be that person who signed on, and I’ve inherited that strong work ethic from you. You encouraged me to work as a TV extra from an early age, and didn’t bat an eyelid when I entered Big Brother in 2002. The only reason I went on the show was to win the £70,000, so I was gutted when I was evicted early on. I was £4,000 in debt and absolutely devastated, so went back to my cinema job. But within days I had a call from This Morning!
You’re my core value for everything I am, and it’s only your opinion that matters to me. You watch every show I’m on, and I don’t care what anyone else says, I only want you to say it was good, and then I’m well chuffed. You’re so loving and have taught me how to be a mum to Aiden, 14. You are incredibly patient and kind, and I’ve passed that on to my son. This time last year when you were in hospital, the tables were turned. After your knee operation, you were so ill and I took care of you. I washed you and stroked your head, just as you always did to help me sleep when I was little.
Everyone thinks I’m confident, but I’m not all the time. I have insecurities and days when I think I’m not good enough. You, however, have always been confident, and would speak up when something was wrong. You tell me a day is wasted without laughter, so I try to always enjoy the moment and make the most of now.
Love Island’s Laura Anderson, 29, and Barbara, 55, a care worker from Glasgow
Laura loves her positive mum for making sure she discovered her ‘secret’ sister[/caption]
The biggest thing that’s ever happened to me was finding out I had another sister, Danielle, now 39, in 2004. You always knew that Dad [David, 56, a spray painter] had a daughter from a previous relationship, but it wasn’t until I was 14 that you persuaded him to tell me and my sister Nicole, 32. It was the best thing you could have done. It was such a huge thing to happen to us, but you made it so positive. You welcomed Danielle into the family and we see her lots now – she even came on to Love Island with Dad!
I was really excited to have a new sister, but it must have been difficult for you to see Dad with a grown-up daughter. It was no longer about just the four of us and you had to take a step back. You’re a very selfless person and I hope I’ve inherited that trait. We have a really open and honest relationship, which I love.
The first time I had sex with my boyfriend at secondary school, I literally ran home and told you. You were absolutely fine about it because you knew you could trust me, and we’d already had “the chat” about contraception, so thank you.
You gave me the freedom to make choices and were always non-judgemental, although you did go mad at me when I shaved my legs aged nine! Even when I moved to Dubai on my own at 21 to work as cabin crew, you knew I’d be OK because you’d taught me to be independent and work from a young age.
Remember when I had my paper round? Those big old bags were heavy, but I did it every morning before school just to earn £7.50 a week. We didn’t have much money growing up and you instilled in me that if I want something doing then I have to do it myself. So I did – and still do.
You’re a private person and were so worried about me when I told you I was going on Love Island last summer. But you ended up watching every episode, even though it gave you sleepless nights and made you upset every time I cried or had an argument on the show. I’ve inherited your strength and resilience, so I was OK. You always tell me how proud you are of me, which makes me well up.
I just want to say I love you, Mum. And come and visit me more in London!
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Charity campaigner Katie Piper, 35, and Diane, 63, a retired primary school teacher from Hampshire
Katie talks about the sadness of reading how mum Diane really felt about the horrific acid attack – and how she would hide her tears[/caption]
It’s 11 years to the day since I was attacked [Katie had acid thrown at her on March 31, 2008]. Seeing me in hospital must have broken your heart, but we try not to focus on that time. I’ve learned from you that less is more and that sometimes the strongest people can be silent and still. And that’s been really important in my recovery, and has helped me find inner strength.
I don’t know what gave you hope when I was in hospital, but when it’s your own child I guess you can never lose sight of it. Now I’m a mum to Belle, five, and Penelope, 15 months, I understand the selflessness. You survive to keep your kids alive – it’s that same instinct as an animal mother and her cub, isn’t it?
When we wrote our book together last year, I found it upsetting. It brought great sadness reading how you felt about the attack. You’re not an emotional person and you very rarely got upset in front of me, but I now know you used to hide in the bathroom and cry on the floor. You and Dad [David, 69] gave up your lives to support me.
I prefer to focus on the lovely things you wrote, such as how happy you were when I gave birth and when I met my husband [Richard Sutton, 34, a carpenter], because that’s all we can do in life – be positive and optimistic.
However, when I sent you my own draft for the book, you typically replied with your teacher head on and said that I still didn’t know the difference between your and you’re! When I got the news that I was pregnant with Belle in 2013, you received scan results confirming you had bowel cancer. And when it spread to your liver and your lungs, I didn’t know if you would pull through.
Then you got skin cancer, which was totally unrelated, and I thought: “Oh my god, what is wrong with this family?” It’s been five long years, but now you’re cancer-free. I did get to the stage where I thought I would probably have to face losing you, but we’ve been really lucky. I would 100% not be here today doing what I am doing without you. You gave up your career and social life to hang out with me for five years, and that friendship is the ultimate gift. I would love you to know that no matter how tired and worn down you may have felt – and not just since I was attacked – that none of it was in vain. It’s made me who I am today.
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