Lisa Armstrong pays a heartbreaking tribute to her late dad Derek on first Father’s Day without him
Lisa Armstrong has shared a heartbreaking tribute to her late dad to mark her first Father’s Day without him.
The Strictly Come Dancing make-up artist, 42, who has never publicly spoken about her father Derek’s death, took to Instagram on Sunday to share a throwback picture alongside the message: ‘#Myfirstone’
The loving tribute, which showed a young Lisa being embraced by her dad, comes after she lost her parent at the age of 71 to cancer last year.
Emotional day: Lisa Armstrong (pictured in April) has shared a heartbreaking tribute to her late dad to mark her first Father’s Day without him
Lisa kept her dad’s illness hidden during her public divorce battle with ex-husband Ant McPartlin, 43, and was last seen with Derek on a beach during a break in Los Angeles in July 2018.
She was at Derek’s bedside at her family home in Oxford with her mum Linda at the time of his death.
The make-up artist’s tribute, which was shared with her 46,000 followers, comes a month after she posted a candid snap of herself beaming alongside her mother and another female relative with the caption: ‘Family time.’
In the picture. Lisa looked relaxed and happy as she stood at the forefront of the capture, with her mum’s hands placed on her shoulders.
Tribute: The Strictly Come Dancing make-up artist, 42, took to Instagram on Sunday to share a throwback picture alongside the message: ‘#Myfirstone’
In the same month Lisa retweeted an inspiring quote about having the courage to move on after difficult moments in life.
The message read: ‘There’s going to be very painful moment in your life that will change your entire world in a matter of minutes.
‘These moments will change YOU. Let them make you stronger, smarter, and kinder. But don’t you go and become someone that you are not.
‘Cry. Scream if you have to. Then you straighten out that crown and keep it moving.’
Family time: The tribute comes a month after Lisa posted a candid snap of herself beaming alongside her mum Linda and another female relative
Moving on: In the same month Lisa re-tweeted an inspiring quote about having the courage to move on after difficult moments in life
Lisa’s Father’s Day tribute comes less than a year after she was granted a divorce from Ant during a 30-second hearing at the Central Family Court in October 2018.
The former flames first met in November 1994 before exchanging vows in a stunning country house wedding in Buckinghamshire, in 2006.
Following the split and his drink driving arrest, Ant embarked on a relationship with mother-of-two Anne-Marie Corbett, 42, who is his former PA and a friend of Lisa’s.
Speaking at the time about his new relationship Ant told The Sun: ‘Anne-Marie honestly is the fundamental reason for the great change in my life. She’s been my rock. She’s a beautiful soul. We’re very happy.’
Former flames: Lisa was granted a divorce from Ant McPartlin, 43, in October 2018 after 12 years of marriage; the couple had been together since 1994 (pictured in February 2016)