Gemma Atkinson recalls the moment her dad died when she was 17: My life changed with one phone call

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Gemma Atkinson has revealed she was just 17 years old when she lost her dad, telling fans that when she was told he had died, her "life changed" forever.

The Hits Radio presenter, 36, who recently revealed she wants more children with fiance Gorka Marquez, told her Instagram followers that her dad passed away 19 years ago today, she she reflected on some of the things she learnt from her father.

Alongside snaps of herself with her mum and dad, Gemma wrote: “19 yrs ago today my life changed with 1 phone call. I still remember mum coming into my room in the middle of the night to tell me Dad had died. He’d had a heart attack.”

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She continued: “Grief sucks. It’s difficult & different for everyone but something we all have to go through. One thing I know for sure is that the world keeps turning with or without us and time still passes.

“Dad always used to say to me ‘don’t let the b*****s grind you down’ He always said to keep on going because better times were coming. I learnt to live with my new circumstance and way of life without dad in it.”

Gemma then said she still hasn’t accepted that her dad is no longer here, as she added: “I question daily why a loving, present and caring dad would be taken over one that couldn’t care less for his family, but I guess that’s just life.

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“It’s unfair at times but anger and constant looking back gets us nowhere.”

The mum of one, who recently shared an adorable video of her daughter Mia speaking Spanish with Gorka, went on to reassure any fans who are grieving that they will be able to “get through it”.

“To anyone who’s suffered a recent loss and is thinking you’ll feel this way forever I can tell you, you won’t,” she continued.

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“Life moves on and you have to keep going because better times are coming.

"You will get through it and you will feel strong again. Remember that, and don’t let the b*stards grind you down.”

Moments after Gemma shared her post, fans and friends shared supportive comments, as Ore Oduba added: “Sending buckets of love.”

Dianne Buswell posted three love heart emojis to show her support while Made in Chelsea’s Louise Thompson said: “Bless you,” with a love heart emoji.

A fan wrote: “He’ll be so so proud of you and forever your angel. Love you pal xx,” before a final social media user said: “So true.

"Lost my mum a couple of years ago she was only young and losing a parent without warning is so hard as trauma and grief combined is heartbreaking but I agree you have to keep going forward for yourself and your family. Thinking of you.”

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