CORONATION Street’s Sair Khan has revealed her mum died this year in a heartbreaking post.
The 31-year-old opened up about her loss for the first time admitting it was a topic she struggled to talk about and saying she has cried “enough tears to fill the channel”.
Sair – who is best known for playing Alya Nazir on the ITV soap – decided to discuss her devastating loss after taking part in Sink or Swim.
Sharing a series of touching pictures, the star paid a moving tribute to her mum, saying: “My Mum died. It’s so hard for me to say those words without getting a lump in my throat.
“Let me tell you a thing or two about the lady I called Mama. She was strong and fierce and a little bit sassy. You definitely wouldn’t mess with her.
“In primary school I desperately wanted my independence, the last thing I wanted was my mother walking me to school. I fought and argued with her and sometimes she let me set off alone and although I hardly ever looked back I always knew she was just a few steps behind me.
“The protective lioness who would never let me come to harm. Beneath her toughness there was a love so pure. I didn’t admit it but I was scared and so thankful for her watching over me, I know she still is.”
She continued: “This year I have felt a loss so profound that my whole body has ached. I’ve cried enough tears to fill the English Channel. I’ve felt raw pain and i know I’m not the only one. I stand in solidarity with all of you who have lost a parent, a friend, or anyone that has shaped you into the person you are today. I honour them and I honour my Mama.”
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Sair went on to discuss how much taking part in the charity swim, which raises money for Stand Up To Cancer, has helped her.
She added: “ It wasn’t Cancer that took my mum but I know about countless hospital appointments, endless treatment plans and the sleepless nights consumed with worry and fear.
“I’ve learnt to swim but I’m still learning to heal. Grief is a suspicious thing but the last two months of swimming have been a much needed release.”
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