Ashley Cain reveals he’s smiled for the ‘first time’ since daughter Azaylia’s tragic death

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Ashley Cain has revealed that he has smiled ‘for the first time’ since the tragic death of his beloved eight-month-old daughter Azaylia over a week ago.

The former Ex On The Beach star, 30, took to Instagram on Monday to share a snap of the sky tinged with orange as the sun set, and told how he believed it was a ‘sign’ from his little girl in the ‘heavens above’.

Ashley and his heartbroken girlfriend Safiyya Vorajee have been documenting their pain on social media since Azaylia lost her battle with acute myeloid leukaemia in April.

Smiling again: Ashley Cain has revealed that he has smiled ‘for the first time’ since the tragic death of his beloved eight-month-old daughter Azaylia over a week ago

And taking to Instagram over the Bank Holiday weekend, Ashley shared that the changes in the sky and the sign from his daughter saw him feel happiness for the first time since her death. 

Alongside the stunning image of the orange-tinged sky, Ashley wrote: ‘The heavens continue to shine orange for Azaylia.

‘I love you princess, you’re forever in my heart. Keep smiling. Keep shining bright. I miss you. Daddy.’

Ashley then uploaded an image of a clear blue sky moments later, adding: ‘One minute later and gone. You couldn’t explain this. I love you baby.’

Sign from above: The former Ex On The Beach star, 30, took to Instagram on Monday to share a snap of the sky tinged with orange as the sun set, and told how he believed it was a 'sign' from his little girl in the 'heavens above'

Sign from above: The former Ex On The Beach star, 30, took to Instagram on Monday to share a snap of the sky tinged with orange as the sun set, and told how he believed it was a ‘sign’ from his little girl in the ‘heavens above’

The reality star then shared a post, in which he wrote: ‘That was the first time I’ve smiled since that day.

‘The first time I’ve felt happiness since that day. She filled me with so much belief when she was here and she’s still doing it from the heavens above.

‘I don’t know how you do it Azaylia but please keep on making us believe.’

Lovely: Ashley then uploaded an image of a clear blue sky moments later, adding: 'One minute later and gone. You couldn't explain this. I love you baby'

Lovely: Ashley then uploaded an image of a clear blue sky moments later, adding: ‘One minute later and gone. You couldn’t explain this. I love you baby’

He continued: ‘Your legacy will live on and within that legacy you will help, inspire, strengthen and save so many lives.

‘I’m proud of you champ. So, so proud.’

An hour later, the grieving father uploaded a video of himself running, as he penned: ‘There’s no way I wasn’t going back out on the road after that sign from above! #LetsGoChamp.’

First smile: 'The first time I've felt happiness since that day. She filled me with so much belief when she was here and she's still doing it from the heavens above'

First smile: ‘The first time I’ve felt happiness since that day. She filled me with so much belief when she was here and she’s still doing it from the heavens above’

Inspired: An hour later, the grieving father uploaded a video of himself running, as he penned: 'There's no way I wasn't going back out on the road after that sign from above! #LetsGoChamp'

Inspired: An hour later, the grieving father uploaded a video of himself running, as he penned: ‘There’s no way I wasn’t going back out on the road after that sign from above! #LetsGoChamp’

Meanwhile, Ashley’s girlfriend Safiyya Vorajee, 35, told how she saw ‘angels’ and the letter ‘A’ in the sky as she watched the orange sky alongside her partner. 

The grieving mum told how she had been speaking to her beloved daughter and asked her if she could ‘do something magical in the sky tonight.

Similar to Ashley’s snap, Safiyya shared an image of the orange sky as she wrote: ‘I looked out the window and saw this!!! Amazing!’

She then shared the image again after fans informed her than they spotted the letter ‘A’ in the sky.

LooKING UP: Meanwhile, Ashley's girlfriend Safiyya Vorajee, 35, told how she saw 'angels' and the letter 'A' in the sky as she watched the orange sky alongside her partner

LooKING UP: Meanwhile, Ashley’s girlfriend Safiyya Vorajee, 35, told how she saw ‘angels’ and the letter ‘A’ in the sky as she watched the orange sky alongside her partner

She wrote: ‘You’re all incredible. Thank you for sharing. The letter A.’

Safiyya added: ‘Azaylia you’re incredible.’

The beauty then shared another image of the cloudy sky, writing alongside the image: ‘I see angels and my baby angel. She is showing me she is protected.’ 

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It comes after Safiyya shared a clip of a red evening sky which she saw as a sign from her late daughter Azaylia.

Angel above: She then shared the image again after fans informed her than they spotted the letter 'A' in the sky

Angel above: She then shared the image again after fans informed her than they spotted the letter ‘A’ in the sky

Safiyya called Azaylia her ‘guardian angel’ following her passing last week aged eight months, after a brave battle with acute myeloid leukaemia. 

Taking to Instagram on Saturday, Safiyya told how she recorded the clip from Love Island star Molly-Mae Hague’s Instagram of the sky after she was looking for signs from her daughter.

She wrote: ‘I keep looking up into the sky and looking for signs from Azaylia. So tonight I went to see her. As I left, I asked her what she was going to do special, for me in the sky tonight.

'She is protected': The beauty then shared another image of the cloudy sky, writing alongside the image: 'I see angels and my baby angel. She is showing me she is protected'

‘She is protected’: The beauty then shared another image of the cloudy sky, writing alongside the image: ‘I see angels and my baby angel. She is showing me she is protected’

'I couldn't believe it': Ashley shared a screenshot a fan had sent him which appeared to feature a face in the clouds above him

‘I couldn’t believe it’: Ashley shared a screenshot a fan had sent him which appeared to feature a face in the clouds above him

‘As I was driving I couldn’t capture this moment but it made me say out loud. Wow.’ 

‘I had to screen record this off @mollymae story and show you what I saw as she captured the moment so beautifully.’ 

Safiyya then shared the clip of the breathtaking sky and captioned it: ‘Having a moment’ along with an orange heart. 

She then wrote: ‘The purest love I have ever felt in my life is for you Azaylia. 

‘The most incredible girl my hero, my baby, my inspiration. ADC. May God protect you, my guardian angel.’

Grieving: Ashley and his heartbroken girlfriend Safiyya Vorajee have been documenting their pain on social media since Azaylia lost her battle with acute myeloid leukaemia in April

Grieving: Ashley and his heartbroken girlfriend Safiyya Vorajee have been documenting their pain on social media since Azaylia lost her battle with acute myeloid leukaemia in April

It comes after Ashley shared his agony over Azaylia’s death in a heartbreaking Instagram post on Saturday. 

The grieving father told how he was ‘broken and hurting’ following her passing last week. 

In the message posted on his stories, the former Ex On The Beach star thanked fans for their support, while vowing to honour Azaylia’s name by continuing to help other children and families facing their own battles. 

Heartwarming: Ashley's girlfriend Safiyya recently shared a clip of a red evening sky which she saw as a sign from her late daughter Azaylia

Heartwarming: Ashley’s girlfriend Safiyya recently shared a clip of a red evening sky which she saw as a sign from her late daughter Azaylia

Moving: Safiyya, 35, called Azaylia her 'guardian angel' following her passing last week aged eight months, after a brave battle with acute myeloid leukaemia

Moving: Safiyya, 35, called Azaylia her ‘guardian angel’ following her passing last week aged eight months, after a brave battle with acute myeloid leukaemia

She wrote: 'I keep looking up into the sky and looking for signs from Azaylia. So tonight I went to see her. As I left, I asked her what she was going to do special, for me in the sky tonight'

Heartbreaking: She shared a poignant post

She wrote: ‘I keep looking up into the sky and looking for signs from Azaylia. So tonight I went to see her. As I left, I asked her what she was going to do special, for me in the sky tonight’

He penned: ‘I wanted to take this time to give thanks for all of your love, care and support for Azaylia throughout her battle and still now for us as a family.

‘I am broken and hurting more and more everyday right now.

‘But I made a promise to my daughter that I would keep her name alive by continuing to help other children, adults and their families during their own battles and I will honour that promise until I see her again.’

Clip: Safiyya told how she recorded the clip from Love Island star Molly-Mae Hague's Instagram of the sky after she was looking for signs from her daughter

Clip: Safiyya told how she recorded the clip from Love Island star Molly-Mae Hague's Instagram of the sky after she was looking for signs from her daughter

Clip: Safiyya told how she recorded the clip from Love Island star Molly-Mae Hague’s Instagram of the sky after she was looking for signs from her daughter

Ashley’s emotional message follows on from another post from Safiyya in which she spoke about her heartache since their daughter Azaylia passed away last week.  

Taking to Instagram on Saturday, Safiyya told her followers how often Azaylia, who was diagnosed at just two months, enters her thoughts. 

Writing on her Instagram stories, Safiyya said of her daughter: ‘Your so beautiful I think about you all day and night [sic].’

Alongside the touching message, the grieving mother also shared an adorable picture of her baby. 

Happy in a pink Mini Mouse baby bouncer, Azaylia smiled and waved at her doting mum in the photo. 

Azaylia battled acute myeloid leukaemia for the majority of her life and was diagnosed just two months after she was born.  

Pain: In the message posted on his stories, the former Ex On The Beach star thanked fans for their support, while vowing to continue Azaylia's name by continuing to help other children

Pain: In the message posted on his stories, the former Ex On The Beach star thanked fans for their support, while vowing to continue Azaylia’s name by continuing to help other children

Ashley confirmed the tragic news on social media last Sunday, writing: ‘Rest In Paradise Princess. I will always hold you in my heart until I can hold you again in heaven ❤️ #AzayliaDiamondCain.’ 

The couple recently raised more than £1.5million to fund a trip to Singapore for life-saving transplant, but their little one became too unwell and doctors discovered tumours throughout her body. 

Following her death, fans continued to donate to the GoFundMe Page and have so far raised the total past £1.6million. 

Unforgettable: Safiyya told her followers how often Azaylia, who was diagnosed at just two months, enters her thoughts

Unforgettable: Safiyya told her followers how often Azaylia, who was diagnosed at just two months, enters her thoughts

Azaylia – who inspired her father’s powerful ‘let’s go champ’ message – underwent four rounds of chemotherapy during her fight and was recently nominated for a Pride Of Britain Award by thousands of supporters around the world. 

It comes after Ashley wrote a lengthy post thanking his baby girl for ‘saving his life and giving him purpose’.

Ashley shared an image of little Azaylia’s hand clasped in his with the tot wearing a personalised baby grow.

He wrote: ‘My heart is shattered. You gave my life purpose, my face a smile, filled my heart with love and my soul with pride. 

Tributes: The couple recently raised more than £1.5 million to fund a trip to Singapore for life-saving transplant and following her death, fans continued to donate

Tributes: The couple recently raised more than £1.5 million to fund a trip to Singapore for life-saving transplant and following her death, fans continued to donate

‘I can’t put into words my sadness and pain, there aren’t words to describe it. I love you with every ounce of my body and I miss you so much already.

‘You made me a better man. You made me the person I’ve always wanted to be. You’ve taught me more in your 8 months than I’ve learned my whole life.

‘I don’t know why you’ve been taken away from me and my heart aches in your absence.

‘But I promise you that your name with live on. I will carry your name across every ocean, along every road, to the top of every mountain and across the whole globe.  

Moving: Ashley, meanwhile, penned a lengthy post thanking his baby girl for 'saving his life and giving him purpose'

Moving: Ashley, meanwhile, penned a lengthy post thanking his baby girl for ‘saving his life and giving him purpose’

‘Your name will live, your legacy will be remembered and I will seek peace in living as your vessel to continue inspiring, giving strength, spreading joy and saving lives in your name, with your spirit, as your father until we meet again.

‘You saved my life, you really did. With my second chance, I make a promise to you that I will make yours live on in our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers.

‘I am blessed, I am honoured and I am privileged to be your father. I would go through all of the pain again and again. Because what you gave me in those 8 months will live with me for eternity.

‘Oh, oobee doo. I wanna be like you. I wanna walk like you, Talk like you, too. Azaylia Diamond Cain. Rest In Peace Princess. 10.08.20 – 24.04.21.’

Tragic: The couple were utterly devoted to their daughter, who battled the rare and aggressive cancer with such courage she was nicknamed 'Likkle lion' (pictured earlier this year)

Tragic: The couple were utterly devoted to their daughter, who battled the rare and aggressive cancer with such courage she was nicknamed ‘Likkle lion’ (pictured earlier this year)

A timeline of Azaylia’s six-month leukaemia battle

October 2020: Ashley emotionally revealed his daughter had been diagnosed with a ‘rare and aggressive’ form of leukaemia, which he described as an ‘uphill battle’. 

Azaylia was turned away by doctors three times and prescribed laxatives and a nasal spray when her breathing was impeded, shortly before her diagnosis.

By the end of the month, the brave child faced her second surgery and 16th chemotherapy-related treatment in less than two weeks.

November 2020: Azaylia’s hair started to fall out just weeks after she was diagnosed.

Doctors informed Ashley and his family that the tot needed a bone marrow transplant and blood donation.

Due to her Caribbean, Burmese, Indian and English background, the footballer said it was very difficult to find a match for a transplant. 

Azaylia was brought home for a few days before her second round of chemotherapy.

December 2020: 80,000 people became stem cell donors 48 hours after Ashley appealed for the public’s help.

So sad: Azaylia's hair started to fall out just weeks after she was diagnosed in November

So sad: Azaylia’s hair started to fall out just weeks after she was diagnosed in November

January 2021: The TV star confirmed a stem cell donor had been found for his baby daughter Azaylia. 

She received her stem cell transplant but her cancer sadly returned following a third round of chemotherapy. 

February 2021: Azaylia responded well to her stem cell treatment and doctors were impressed with ‘how strong she was’. 

She underwent further surgery to discover whether her leukaemia had gone. Later in the month, doctors revealed her cancer had returned. 

March 2021: They were told there were ‘very few options’ to help the baby’s condition before she had another bone marrow test. She relapsed by the end of the month and underwent her fourth round of chemotherapy.

Ashley surpassed his target goal of £1million after he set up a GoFundMe to pay for life-saving treatment for his daughter Azaylia.

Heartbreaking: Healthcare professionals revealed Azaylia only had a few days to live as they discovered tumours all over her body in April

Heartbreaking: Healthcare professionals revealed Azaylia only had a few days to live as they discovered tumours all over her body in April

The former Ex On The Beach star took to social media to ask fans for help in donating, explaining the treatment his daughter needed is available in Singapore.

Ashley described the treatment, CAR-T therapy, as ‘the only option to save Azaylia’s life’ and said he and partner Safiyya may have to fly out in a matter of weeks, adding it will take a minimum of one year.

Celebrities such as former TOWIE star Kate Ferdinand, Love Island’s Molly-Mae Hague and PrettyLittleThing founder Umar Kamani all donated.

Despite efforts from around the world, pharmaceutical companies could not release the life-saving drugs needed to beat his daughter Azaylia’s battle. 

Tender moments: Her parents bathed her in the hospital for a final time before they returned home later that month

Tender moments: Her parents bathed her in the hospital for a final time before they returned home later that month

April 2020: Healthcare professionals revealed Azaylia only had a few days to live as they discovered tumours in her stomach, her spleen, her liver and her kidneys, in addition to tumours in her brain.

Her parents bathed her in the hospital for a final time before they returned home.

They marked her turning eight months old by having moulds made of her feet, and Azaylia was met with support from the London Underground and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.

She received life-prolonging transfusion after her condition caused profuse bleeding and public figures joined the nationwide clap held in her honour.

Scary: The influencer's 'fragile' daughter stopped breathing and suffered seizures before Ashley confirmed her death

Scary: The influencer’s ‘fragile’ daughter stopped breathing and suffered seizures before Ashley confirmed her death

Azaylia was nominated for a Pride of Britain award and had a plane draw a heart in the sky for her.

The tot was put on oxygen to aid her sleep, and struggled to open her eyes due to swelling.

Scam artists set up fake Facebook pages in her name, with Ashley admitting: ‘We feel really sad it has come to this’.

Azaylia returned to hospital for another platelet transfusion a few days before she died.

The influencer’s ‘fragile’ daughter stopped breathing and suffered seizures before Ashley confirmed her death.

 

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