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Nadia Forde reveals emotional reconciliation with her estranged dying mother

Published 31/08/2014 | 02:30

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Nadia Forde singing the national anthem at the Republic of Ireland v Sweden soccer game in September last year
Nadia Forde on her 2014 calendar shoot
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Nadia Forde at the Pride of Ireland Awards 2014

Model and singer Nadia Forde has reconciled with her estranged mother, who made contact with her daughter after learning she is terminally ill.

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In an exclusive interview with Sunday Independent LIFE magazine, published today, Nadia speaks openly about her fractured relationship with her mother.

Nadia Forde
Nadia Forde

During the interview, Nadia tells how the pair tried to reconcile their differences down through the year, but to no avail.

However, just days after the interview, everything changed for Nadia when she received a dramatic phonecall from her mother.

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Nadia Forde

Her mother, who is still in her 40s, told Nadia she had been diagnosed with Lymphoma cancer, and that she was dying. The model took the first available flight to London, where her mother lives, and she has been by her mother's hospital bedside ever since.

Nadia is said to be devastated at the news, but is grateful she has been given one last opportunity to reconcile with her mother before it is too late and to finally be able to spend time with her.

A friend told the Sunday Independent: "Just being there has made all the difference. When you are faced with death, everything else melts away. The past is not important any more. It doesn't even need to be spoken about. Being together is all that matters now."

The story of Nadia's troubled childhood has been well documented. Her parents split up when she was just seven. They went their separate ways, leaving Nadia to be raised by her grandmother.

In today's Sunday Independent LIFE magazine, Nadia recalls what she believed at the time it would be the last conversation with her mother.

She recalls: "I thought: 'This is it. We were going to have a mother and daughter connection, everything would finally be ok' - but it got to a place where I had to remove myself from the situation very quickly. I remember getting home that night and someone said to me: 'Stop going back for more.' And that was it."

But a cruel twist of fate has given Nadia and her mother a precious opportunity to put the past behind them.

A friend said: "Nadia has been processing everything that is happening. Just being able to be with her mom and hold her hand has made everything okay. She hasn't left her side. Her mom is able to talk to her sometimes and Nadia has been helping nurses to care for her.

"There is only one thing that is certain in life - death faces us all in the end, and when that comes all of the other worries and difficulties are not important anymore. It put everything into perspective for her, just how fragile and how precious life is."

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