Inside Kym Marsh’s life – Morning Life exit, anxiety battle, famous exes and five kids
Kym Marsh has had a tough few years, and she surprised her fans when she recently announced she would be stepping back from presenting the BBC show Morning Live.
In an emotional film, the former Hear’Say singer revealed her family has been devastated by health problems, and she was prioritising taking care of her “nearest and dearest” as she took a hiatus from the show.
Kym candidly confessed her anxiety had returned, after her beloved dad Dave was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and she vowed to “take each day as it comes”.
Here, we take a look at the former Corrie star’s life, including her postponed weddings, her five kids, and her debilitating battle with anxiety.
Pop stars and the Rovers Return
Kym shot to fame in 2000, after taking part in the ITV talent show Popstars and landing a place in the group Hear’Say alongside Myleene Klass, Suzanne Shaw, Noel Sullivan and Danny Foster.
However, she quit the group just two years later, and launched a short lived solo career, before turning her hand to acting.
After a few small roles in TV shows such as Doctors, Kym hit the big time by nabbing the part of Michelle Conner, playing the brassy landlady for 13-years.
The 45-year-old has been a big hit with viewers on Morning Live alongside co-host Gethin Jones, and fans were understandably upset at her departure, which comes after she took a leave of absence back in July.
Kym’s first marriage was to EastEnders heartthrob Jack Ryder, and the couple tied the knot in 2002. However, they sadly split in 2008, with their divorce finalised in 2009.
She then began dating Hollyoaks star Jamie Lomas, and they wed in 2012. But, their journey to wedded bliss was anything but straightforward.
‘I didn’t want to be distracted from either the preparations for our big day or from work related to Corrie’s 50th,” she told OK! magazine.
They eventually became husband and wife in September 2012, but, they parted ways in 2013, with Kym ditching her married name.
She’s found love once again with Army major Scott Ratcliff, and they became engaged in June.
But just days after announced their happy news, Kym revealed her dad Dave, 76, was diagnosed with incurable prostate cancer, and the couple planned to bring their nuptials forward so he could walk his daughter down the aisle.
Kym became a mum for the first time when she was 19, giving birth to son David in 1995. She and then-boyfriend later welcomed daughter Emilie in 1997, before splitting up.
In 2009, while dating actor Jamie Lomas, Kym announced they were expecting their first child, but their son tragically died shortly after birth.
Named Archie, Kym revealed he had arrived 18 weeks early, and he sadly died moments after his arrival.
She and Jamie then welcomed daughter Polly in 2011, and in 2019, Kym became a grandmother for the first time, after daughter Emilie welcomed a baby boy.
“My beautiful grandson, I love you I will always love you and I promise to help guide you through life as best I can,” she gushed in a post on Instagram.
Her dad’s cancer battle
Back in June, Kym revealed that her beloved dad Dave, 76, had been given a terminal cancer diagnosis, leaving her devastated.
He previously battled prostate cancer, but the disease has now spread to his pelvis, spine, ribs and left leg, and Kym said it was a “very difficult time”.
Dave had been suffering pains in lower back and pelvis, but had delayed going to see his GP because he didn’t want to be a burden on the NHS during the Covid pandemic.
She told The Sun he had to use a mobility scooter to move around, but is hoping a new treatment will give him “a bit longer”.
She told OK! they would be tying the knot “in a few months”, because dad Dave is in pain.
“My dad is struggling with walking now because he’s often in pain, so we’re having the wedding in a few months,” she explained.
Kym has previously spoken about her mental health struggles, and she explained during her emotional video on Morning Live that her anxiety had returned as she was dealing with a multitude of stressful situations in her personal life.
In 2018, she opened up about her panic attacks, and said the first time she experienced one, she thought she was going to die.
“The first time it ever happened, I thought I was going to die – I actually thought I was going to die, and I was driving my car as well. It’s a really frightening, really scary thing to experience,” she told The Sun.
Coupled with her hernia op at the beginning of the year during the third Covid-19 lockdown, Kym said she was struggling to keep her head above water.
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“I think it’s fair to say the last few months have been ridiculously busy with one thing or another for me and my family,” she said during her final appearance on Morning Live.
Kym and her family were also recovering from Covid, after she and her family contracted the virus and became ill “like a house of dominos”.
While she’s not given fans any hint of a return date, here’s hoping she’s back on TV screens soon.