Loose Women's Brenda Edwards remains 'triggered' by son Jamal's tragic death

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Brenda Edwards said she is 'triggered' by constant reminders of her son's tragic death constantly (Getty Images)
Brenda Edwards said she is 'triggered' by constant reminders of her son's tragic death constantly (Getty Images)

Brenda Edwards has said that she is still 'triggered' by her son Jamal's death.

The Loose Women star, 53, told Lorraine Kelly, 62, that she's been struggling since the passing of the 31-year-old music-entrepreneur in February.

"There's triggers," she admitted.

"I don't know what they are, they just happen. But you have to allow yourself to cry when you want to cry".

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Earlier this month, she revealed her son had died from arrhythmia — an abnormality of the heart's rhythm — from taking recreational drugs.

She admitted she was in a 'state of shock' when she found out, but told Lorraine that her fellow Loose Women panelists have been supporting her through it.

Brenda and Jamal Edwards on Loose Women (ITV)
Brenda and Jamal Edwards on Loose Women (ITV)

"Everyone at ITV has been amazing," she said. "Charlene [White] and Judi [Love] came over with food — the whole team have been great."

She also said Prince Charles 'expressed his condolences' when she recently joined in the celebration of the Commonwealth Diaspora of the UK.

"He said your son was amazing and he did so much for the Prince's Trust over the decade," she added.

The Prince of Wales sits on a sofa with Jamal Edwards during a live session at the launch of the Prince's Trust Summer Sessions at the Princes's Trust in Historic Chatham Dockyard in Chatham, Kent.
The Prince of Wales sits on a sofa with Jamal Edwards. (PA)

"It just made me really proud to hear that and how many young people Jamal helped.

"It keeps me going."

Jamal had become a regular face behind the scenes in music, with top stars, the likes of Ed Sheeran crediting him with inspiring him to pursue a music career.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, meets singer and TV presenter Brenda Edwards and rugby player Oghenemaro Miles
Edwards said she was offered condolences by Prince Charles. (Getty Images)

In the meantime, Edwards has vowed to continue her son's legacy.

She recently formed the charity, Jamal Edwards Self Belief Trust, which will be used to combat homelessness, support people with mental health issues and provide young people with "essential life skills".

She's also keeping herself busy by throwing herself back into work.

Jamal Edwards attends the Call of Duty: Ghosts Launch party at Indigo2, The O2 centre, Peninsula Square in London.
Jamal Edwards attends the Call of Duty: Ghosts Launch (PA)

The singer is replacing Gemma Collins in the stage production of Chicago. Former TOWIE star Collins injured her knee and was unable to continue.

Edwards played the character in the West End musical in 2007, and confirmed her return by tweeting: “Mama’s back.”

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Jamal had watched his mother in the show on many occasions when she first starred in the show following her time as a contestant on the X Factor and, according to her, was "very, very supportive" of her musical theatre career.

"It was scary because I've done so many different shows since, " Brenda explained.

"But everyone is so lovely".

Lorraine is on weekdays on ITV at 9am.

Watch: Jamal Edwards died of heart attack after taking drugs

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