Lisa Riley fought back tears as she opened up about losing her beloved mum Cath nine years ago on Monday's Lorraine.

The Emmerdale star's mother, Cath, tragically passed away in 2012 aged just 57 following a battle with cancer.

Lisa joined Lorraine Kelly to discuss her new podcast, Grief Kind, and explained how there is "no timetable" for grieving a loved one.

She said: "It was a case of just getting my story out there because I’ve spoken so openly before about grief and how it affects different people."

Lisa continued: "I wanted to be unbelievably honest and tell the truth about what I go through daily and the uphill struggle I have massively with being judged.

"I have it on set with Emmerdale when I’m at work. Everyone knows me as having this fun, happy personality which is me, but the days I’m down, I find myself going, ‘It’s okay, it’s okay’ because I feel like I’m being judged."

She added: “People are like, ‘Come on Lis, it’s been nine years – you should be over it by now.’ Well no – it’s as worse today as when mum initially passed nine years ago in July."


When asked what her mum was like, Lisa described her as a "catherine wheel" and said she had a "sparkling energy".

And Lisa became tearful when a photograph of her mum came up on-screen, saying that she looked "really poorly" and it "breaks her heart".

Recalling how Cath had come out of care just weeks before she died to celebrate Lisa’s birthday, she said: “She was so ill.

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“But she did it and she was there so that forever, I can remember that for my birthday she made that effort.

“What a legacy to leave, this happy smile and this lady who never gave up fighting.”

Lorraine airs on weekdays at 9am on ITV.

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