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Celebrity SAS star Alexandra Burke breaks down in tears as she remembers mum tragically dying in her arms

ALEXANDRA Burke broke down in tears on Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins last night as she opened up about her mother's death.

The singer, 33, lost her mum Melissa Bell in 2017 while she was touring the UK with stage show Sister Act.

The former X Factor alum was struggling with challenges during last night's instalment of Channel 4 series when she was brought in for a discussion with instructors Ant Middleton and Melvyn Downes.

When Ant asked how she was feeling, Alexandra admitted that she felt "exhausted" and insisted that she didn't want to leave the show.

Despite her insistence that she was "okay", Ant, 40, commented that he saw "self-doubt" in Alexandra and asked if something had knocked her confidence.

Alexandra responded: "It comes from many places, actually, and I think the first place is…I get my confidence from my mum.

“She was my weapon, she was my secret weapon."

Getting emotional, Alexandra added: "To not have her, I feel like I’ve lost all purpose. The day she left, I feel…is the day she took all of me."

The star then broke down in tears as she discussed her late mother Melissa and recalled how she died in her arms in 2017.

"And she died in my arms and she waited four hours for me to drive from f***ing Blackpool to be there," she said through tears.

Following their emotional talk, the instructors urged Alexandra to stick the competition out and reminded her that she is the last woman standing.

Melissa, a singer in iconic 90s R&B act Soul II Soul, was just 53 when she tragically passed away on 28th August, 2017 after suffering from diabetes mellitus - a hereditary condition - and kidney ailments.

Speaking about her death on Elizabeth Day’s How to Fail podcast in February, Alexandra told of how her mum's health had "spiralled" after she suffered a stroke eight months earlier.

Alexandra, who was on tour at the time, broke down in tears as she described her mum’s final moments.

She said: “The last day of my show, I finished in Blackpool, I was driving back to London and I got a call saying 'you need to come to hospital now', so I drove to hospital and within 10 minutes she died in my arms."

During the podcast, Alexandra added that her biggest regret was not leaving the tour after her mum's stroke.

She added: "I lost those nine months, I regret going on tour. I regret it so deeply, I had so much time on the road than with my mum.

"I should have just told my mum "look you're my priority, I want to quit the tour and be with you."

But she said her mum, who she described as her "inspiration", urged her not to give up on the tour despite her health.

Alexandra added: “I had eight months left and I sat her down in hospital and said: "Mum I'm going to quit the tour", and do you know what she said? 

“She said: "First of all I didn't raise a quitter and she said you get your black a***e on stage. People have paid to watch you perform.”

Alexandra decided to push on with the tour but kept her phone beside her at all times to get regular updates on her mum’s health.

She said: “If something had happened to her I would leave the show and then I would drive wherever I was Manchester, Sheffield, I would sleep on the hospital floor, then drive back to London."

But she added: "I was 29 when my mum passed away and I was so lucky to have my mummy for 29 years.

"What we shared, our memories we created together, money can't buy that"

Alexandra shot to fame after winning the X Factor in 2008.

Music video for Wish by Soul II Soul featuring Melissa Bell

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