She’s a critically acclaimed journalist who’s a favourite to win Strictly Come Dancing.
But life for Stacey Dooley, 31, hasn’t always been easy, as her mum Diane revealed that her documentary-making daughter never reconciled with her late father before he passed away.
Speaking to The Mirror in October, Diane, 51, claimed that Stacey’s father left the poverty-stricken family home when she was just two years old.
Open: Stacey Dooley’s, 31, mum Diane revealed that her documentary-making daughter never reconciled with her late father before he passed away
She said: ‘He was only living with her and me until she was two and a half. It wasn’t until she was nine that she saw him again.
‘He came back for the occasional wedding or family occasion. When he tried to come back in her life in a more meaningful way when she was aged 13 it was too late for them to reconcile.’
‘She was sad because it was a lost opportunity.’
Diane also explained that Stacey’s father passed away when she was in her early 20s, but by this point she had moved on, living a happy life with mum Diane and her new husband Norman.
Open: The broadcaster’s mum Diane told The Mirror she lost contact with her father after he left the family when she was two-and-a-half
Trying again: Stacey’s mum continued: ‘When he tried to come back in her life in a more meaningful way when she was aged 13 it was too late for them to reconcile’
Stacey also spoke about her relationship with dad in her new book On the Front Line with the Women Who Fight Back.
She said: ‘My father had his demons; our relationship was difficult and fractured,’ she wrote.
‘But I don’t ever think, poor me, I just feel blessed that I had my mother…. She went above and beyond to make up for the fact I didn’t have two parents. I was very lucky.’
In fact, in her book, Stacey reveals that he mother preempted that he father wasn’t going to be ‘on the scene.’
Too late: Diane also explained that Stacey’s father passed away when she was in her early 20s, but by this point she had moved on
She wrote: ‘My mum sort of knew that was going to be the case, so I didn’t take his name. That’s why I’m Stacey Dooley – Dooley is my mother’s name.’
Meanwhile, Stacey Dooley was the first Strictly Come Dancing contestant to make Bruno Tonioli cry with her heartwrenching dance during Saturday night’s live Musicals week.
The broadcast journalist and her professional partner Kevin Clifton, 36, tugged on the heart strings when they danced the American Smooth to I Dreamed a Dream from Les Misérables.
Strictly Come Dancing: Stacey Dooley was the first contestant to make Bruno Tonioli CRY with unforgettable dance as she came joint second with rival Ashley Roberts
Known for his bubbly personality and eccentric outbursts, an emotional Bruno wiped away tears as the 63-year-old broke down for the first time on the BBC show.
Bruno admitted: ‘I’m a mess. I’m crying. That was so special. I really forgotten who I was. I was there with you. Every second of the way. Forget about everything. That was unforgettable.’
Eagle-eyed Tess Daly had been quick to point out it was the first time she had seen Bruno cry on Strictly Come Dancing.
Heartbreaking: The broadcast journalist and Kevin Clifton tugged on the heart strings when they danced the American Smooth to I Dreamed a Dream from Les Misérables