Judi Love says she had ‘meltdown in the changing room’ as she returned to Loose Women after her father’s death
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Judi Love has opened up about returning to her role as a panelist on Loose Women following the passing of her father, telling OK! Magazine she had a “meltdown” in the dressing room before she appeared on screen.
Judi announced the death of her father last month as she shared a photograph of herself holding her dad’s arm on Instagram.
Captioning the snap, Judi wrote: “She wrote alongside the snap: “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.”
Speaking exclusively to OK!, comedian Judi has now revealed that while she felt "fine" when planning her return to Loose Women, being back on screens made her realise she was still in shock.
Judi explained: “I felt like I was fine, then I had a little meltdown in the dressing room. I’m glad I went through with it, but it made me realise I’m still very much in shock. I don’t know if it’s really hit me yet. But the nice thing is that I know the girls are really supportive.”
The star, who has just been revealed as OK!’s newest columnist, has also opened up about dealing with grief since losing her father.
She said: “I’m just up and down. One minute I’m fine, then I get this feeling of, ‘Oh my gosh, my dad’s passed away.’ We haven’t had the funeral yet, as it’s overseas and we are trying to sort out all the details.
"Sadly, it brings up all the memories of losing my mum as well. There’s that feeling of, ‘Wow, I’ve lost both of my parents.’”
Many of Judi's famous friends and fans shared their condolences following news of her father's death.
Fellow comedian Dane Baptiste commented on her Instagram post: “Love and light to him. My condolences. Dad is at peace now Judi and we are here for you xx.”
Talk show host and journalist Trisha Goddard added: “So sorry for you lose, Judy. Sending love.”
Olympic gold medalist Denise Lewis, award-winning documentary maker Stacey Dooley and Great British Menu judge Andi Oliver also passed on their sympathies.
Early last year, Judi publicly recalled the death of her mother in 2009. The youngest of five children, Judi cared for her mother during a dementia battle, but admitted how difficult the period was.
She said: "I can't explain seeing someone you've grown with or you've loved and they're gone, they're absolutely gone.
"The spirit of the person is gone and you've got the shell. 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.
Read Judi's full OK! interview – and see the exclusive videos and pictures – here.
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