Loose Women’s Brenda Edwards in tears as she reflects on untimely death of parents when she was four

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Brenda Edwards has been in left in tears after speaking out on growing up without her parents after they died in a horrific car crash when she was four.

The 51 year old, who has previously battled cancer, couldn't hold back her emotions as she discussed being raised by her grandmother and two aunts while appearing on Monday's Loose Women episode.

The former X Factor contestant explained her parents passed away three days before Christmas in 1974 – an event that changed her life forever and made her who she is today.

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"I lost my mum and dad when I was four, but I do believe that has shaped me to be the woman that I am," she said.

She added: "I am someone who’s been raised to appreciate life and appreciate what you have and live life to the fullest."

Brenda continued: "So many people say, 'You’re always laughing, you’re always smiling', and that’s because there’s been so much upset in my life from the age of four, if you don’t laugh you’re gonna cry all the time.

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"So I try and pick myself up, brush my shoulders off and I always try to move on."

The TV personality, who recently broke down as she bravely opened up on her experience with domestic abuse, went on to say how "proud" she is that her bubbly personality has been shaped by the three most incredible women in her life after going through a traumatising event in her youth.

She said: "My grandmother and my aunty Betty – my aunty Betty, she’s got that bubbly personality – my grandmother, she’s the domesticated one and my aunty Pam, she’s a tour de force, she’s a very strong lady, and I’ve got a bit of all of them.

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"I’m very proud to have that."

Struggling to hold back her tears, Brenda confessed she still finds it difficult to cope with the loss of her mother and father, especially when her family members mention how similar she is to either of them.

"A lot of people speak to me, I’ll do something and they’ll say, 'You’re just like your mother.'

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"That’s nice to hear but sometimes it’s hard to hear because I don’t know what that bit was like. I have a picture that I can look at and I have memories."

Before ending her speech, Brenda, who is mum to son Jamal and daughter Tanisha, added: "I always think if mum was here I know she’d be proud of her grandchildren as well."

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