Judi Love, a comedian known for being a Loose Women panelist, is starring on this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

But beneath 41-year-old Judi's funny, outgoing exterior is heartbreak after she lost her father earlier this year, 12 years after her mother died.

In April, Judi announced that her dad had died, and she did not give a cause of death but wrote on social media that she had tried to "make him comfortable" in his final weeks.

Sharing a picture of herself linking arms with her dad as they both smiled, she wrote: "I feel empty and heartbroken for many reasons RIP Dad These last few weeks I tried to make you comfortable, I tried to get to you dad, I really did. Rest Well."

Her colleagues and friends commented on the post as they paid their respects, with fellow Loose Women star Ruth Langsford writing: "So sorry Judi...condolences to you and your family. Sending you the biggest hug."

Judi Love said she felt 'heartbroken and empty' as she announced the death of her dad (

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Denise Lewis commented: "So sorry for your loss."

Great British Menu judge Andi Oliver wrote: "Oh so sorry lovely xxx."

Earlier that month, Judi had announced that she was taking a break from social media in order to "sit still and embrace the simple things".

Writing in her column for New magazine after her father's passing, Judi wrote: "I’m still getting to grips with my dad passing away last month. I grew up living mostly with my mum, but that doesn’t mean the pain of losing my dad is any less.

"Knowing that the voices of both parents have now gone has left me with a great deal of pain and sadness. They sacrificed so much for me, coming to a country that felt so far away from home, and I’m so proud of the experiences the’ve given me.

The Loose Women star has discussed the loss of both her parents on the ITV show (

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"The grief has made me realise that life is forever changing. It’s been an awakening and a reminder to never take a moment for granted. We’ve got to try and be present in the now."

She added that she was still "delicate" but felt "ready to embrace the positive things that life has for me next".

In her first Loose Women appearance after her dad died, Judi said she was inspired to continue her parents' legacy.

"I had these two parents who were migrants, came from Jamaica, and I have a world of opportunities, I meet amazing people like yourself, and I just want to continue that legacy," she said.

In 2020, Judi opened up on how she cared for her mother, who died from dementia in 2009.

She said on Loose Women: "The spirit of the person is gone and you've got the shell. As a carer, I can't even explain the emotional [impact]. It's so draining.”

"I remember one time I was with my mum, she just didn't know who I was. I went to my friends house, and I went to the kitchen and I just screamed and cried and cried and cried.

"I can't explain seeing someone you've grown with or you've loved and they're gone, they're absolutely gone."

Ahead of her Strictly debut on Saturday, Judi revealed: "I am still in shock that I will be part of this amazing show.

"I’m truly looking forward to pushing myself in something that I could have only dreamed of doing."

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