As she practised a song with her Loose Women co-stars, Brenda Edwards was overcome with grief for her deceased son Jamal Edwards.
The 53-year-old TV star lost her son in February when he had a cardiac arrest at home following a night out. In the music business, Edwards, who passed away at the age of 31, was revered for founding SBTV and launching the careers of some of the biggest British music performers in recent memory.
The support of her coworkers helped Brenda deal with her heartbreaking bereavement when she returned to work on Loose Women earlier this year, and viewers have now really witnessed this. Brenda had previously spoken about how this support helped her deal with her sadness.
Brenda told the cameras that the church she attends sings that particular song, and it makes her think of her late son. “It got me a little bit upset because my son passed away earlier in the year,” she said. ‘‘At the moment, everything is a trigger,” she added.
A preview of Britain Get Singing, in which prominent people band together to form a choir for a head-to-head sing-off, was shown on Friday’s broadcast of the ITV chat programme.
Brenda and other Loose Women cast members were set to perform Simon and Garfunkel’s bridge Over Troubled Water on the show. Brenda, on the other hand, appeared to be overcome with emotion when the song was being practised, and she eventually had to stop as she started crying.
Linda Robson, a fellow panellist, comforted the distraught mother by encircling her in her arms as she wailed.
‘I’m doing this in honour and in memory of my son Jamal. I’ve had a tough year, and talking to the ladies was very comforting. I’m very grateful that I have them as a unit around me,” the grieving mother stated.
In a recent interview with Metro.co.uk, Brenda claimed that although her son’s death left ‘a big hole’ in her life but insists she still feels his presence and he has ‘not gone anywhere.’ The TV personality was up about the “overwhelming” emotions she’s been experiencing and said she still “doesn’t know” how to describe them.
‘‘I don’t know how I’m feeling. I’ve got to find a word for that because I keep being asked and I honestly don’t know how I’m feeling. I’m feeling… sad. I’m feeling joyous, I’m feeling overwhelmed, I’m feeling proud. Mostly, I’m feeling upset,’’ she said.