One year on from the tragic death of his beloved baby daughter, Ex On The Beach star Ashley Cain has announced that he and Azaylia’s mum Safiyya Vorajee have decided to call time on their relationship.
The couple were left heartbroken when the eight-month-old died from acute myeloid leukemia, an aggressive form of cancer.
Baby Azaylia was diagnosed with cancer at just eight weeks and had tumours on her lungs, stomach and kidneys. She was given several rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant before she lost her courageous battle.
Approaching the first anniversary of her death on April 25, Ashley said that the couple has gone their separate ways but will always have a bond due to ‘the eternal love for our daughter’.
Taking to his Instagram, the 31-year-old said: ‘After a devastating and heartbreaking year, Safiyya and I decided to separate a few months ago.
‘This was an incredibly tough decision which we needed to keep to ourselves for some time to give us the opportunity to figure out our own journey privately’, he added.
‘The past few months have demonstrated that we remain the closest of friends, spending time together everyday and that we will love, care and support each other forever.
Ashley also was keen to say that the Azaylia Foundation, which the former couple founded following their daughter’s death to help other families going through the same heartbreak, will still be a big focus for them.
‘We are bonded by our powerful journey together, by the eternal love we have for our daughter and our passionate commitment to her foundation.’ he said.
Azaylia’s heartbreaking story captured hearts all around the world. The Foundation has raised £1.6million. Recently Ashley had to deny allegations that he has spent the money raised on designer gear and flashy cars.
Responding to online trolls, he said: ‘Every day it’s filled with pain, yet some people think it’s viable to throw shade on what I’m trying to do,’ he said. ‘I actually got rid of my car during Azaylia’s fight so we had enough money to support ourselves and just in case anything happened.
‘Our outgoings doubled because not only we were paying for our home we were paying for hotels seven days a week for months on end and we weren’t working at the time either because we wanted to be dedicated to our daughter and our needs.’
Ashley clarified he will have no access to the funds raised by the GoFundMe page in his daughter’s honour until the foundation is officially up and running.
In recent days, 33-year-old Safiyya also posted on Instagram that she was ‘feeling low’. She has also been incredibly open about how she’s been coping since Azaylia’s death.
A source told The Sun: ‘No one knows how something so tragic can affect a couple, and it’s been incredibly painful for them to make this decision.
‘They will always love and support each other, and still, live together, but the romantic side of their relationship has come to an end.’
News of their split comes after Ashley shared a heartfelt Mother’s Day post describing Safiyya as an ‘incredible mother’ and vowed to ‘love and appreciate her forever’.
He also shared a picture of his grandmother, godmother, mother and Saifyya that he captioned: ‘4 incredible mother’s in their own right who I’d like to celebrate in abundance for everything they’ve given to me and this world.
‘They are strong, they are loving, they are caring and they always give 100% to the people who need them. It’s safe to say, I wouldn’t be who I am today without these women and I will love and appreciate them forever.’
Safiyya also shared an emotional tribute of her own as she faced her first Mother’s Day following the death of her daughter.
She admitted that she was ‘really struggling’ and felt ‘suffocated’ as she described her heartache.
‘Mother’s Day, my beautiful daughter Azaylia Diamond Cain,’ she said. ‘The most precious memories we made together, the beautiful feeling you gave me when you were born and I saw your angelic face, every day with you was magical a true gift to be your mummy.
‘We will always be connected our bond & love is UNBREAKABLE and I no your with me today & everyday.’