Strictly Come Dancing’s Jayde Adams was overcome with emotion after learning that visits to bereavement support sites drastically increased after she dedicated her American Smooth to her late sister.
The comedian’s sister Jenna Adams died 11 years ago after doctors discovered a brain tumour following an out-of-the-blue seizure.
During Saturday’s live show, Jayde and professional partner Karen Hauer had head judge Shirley Ballas in tears after they performed an emotional number Bette Midler’s Wind Beneath My Wings.
On Wednesday’s edition of It Takes Two, host Janette Manrara told the 37-year-old that several people have visited a bereavement support website following her dance –
Taken aback by the ‘121% rise’, Jayde declared: ‘Oh Janette, you’re gonna make me cry.’
‘This is a lot. It is all I’ve ever wanted to do, make hard stuff much easier for people’.
She continued: ‘I told you I was all chill right now. I’m holding it in. I don’t even know what to say… that’s amazing.’
Taking to social media following her stunning routine, Jayde posted an old snap which showed the siblings looking into each other’s eyes as Jayde placed her arm around Jenna.
She also shared two other snaps, one of Jenna as a young child and another of the sisters in their dancing days, as they frequently competed in competitions together.
Jayde wrote in her heartfelt caption: ‘Last picture we ever had together. Her love for me was so strong, I’ll never ever feel unloved in my life.’
After expressing how ‘difficult’ and ‘personal’ the grieving process is on TV, she added: ‘I will grieve my loss for her for the rest of my life, it is the most important thing that has ever happened and I am beyond grateful to be able to channel my grief through creativity, thank you @bbcstrictly @karenhauer.’
Jayde concluded: ‘This is Jenna Adams everyone, she will never be forgotten. And yes she would be so proud of me, astounded @claudiawinkle said her name and very jealous I’m on Strictly, we loved this show together 🤣’.
She was met with an outpouring of love in the comments, with fellow Strictly stars and pros dropping a flurry of heart emoji.
The Greatest Showman star Keala Settle wrote: ‘Babes….💔✨🙏🏽 u were an absolute vision tonight.’
‘Jenna would be so proud!!!!! Xxxxx’, added Giovanna Fletcher.
It Takes Two airs weekdays at 6:30pm on BBC 2.
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