Ashley Cain has shared an emotional statement in response to social media trolling he's received since announcing he's expecting his second child.
The former footballer turned TV star, 33, revealed on Saturday, 2 December that he is set to welcome a son in January 2024, two years on since tragically losing his daughter Azaylia to cancer, when she was just eight months old.
Since sharing the news that he will be welcoming his second child, Ashley has opened up about the guilt he feels during an appearance on Good Morning Britain – however, this hasn't stopped some social media users from brutally trolling the former footballer.
Ashley has now issued a length statement on Instagram as he hits back at the cruel comments. He wrote: "This isn't a post for sympathy, it's a post to say it how it is..
"I am a man that went through a tragic 6 month battle with my daughter fighting cancer. I am a man that witnessed that terrible illness take her life. I am a man that had to bury the most precious thing I have ever seen, touched & witnessed.
"I am a man that not only is dealing with grief, but remained strong to help those around me deal with theirs. I am a man that made promises and commitments to his daughter that he would be the best person he could be to make a positive difference in this world for other children that follow in her footsteps.
"I am a man that kept that promise and despite his feelings everyday, does what he needs to do to make that happen. I am also a man that chooses to help others fight their demons, open up about their problems and be brave enough to tackle and improve their mental health."
He continued: "I am a man that even though not with his ex partner, provided a safe space for her surrounded by his very own family for years after they spilt.
"I am a family man.. A lover, a carer and a fighter for myself, my people and the things that I believe in. & now I am a man that is having another child, not with a partner, but with a lady that is a good person, who I trust & believe will be a great mother.
"Being that man, I will be a present father to my child. I will love, care & protect him at all costs for the rest of my life. I am a man that has took heat over and over again while caring for his terminally ill child.
"I am a man that has continued taking that heat since losing his precious child. I am also a man that is prepared to continue to take that heat to continue his daughters legacy, to continue having a positive impact in this world & to make sure that I can be the best father that I can be to my son.
"I am a man that will not only take that heat, but I will control the flames to make sure they don't burn others that I care about in the process. I am a man, a human being, not a perfect one, but one that is committed to doing as best as he possibly can."
Finishing the emotional statement, Ashley added: "To everyone reading this whether you love me or hate me.. I wish you love, strength & blessings!"
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