Kym Marsh has written a touching message to her late son on his birthday, saying he would always be “the missing piece” of her and her family.
The Coronation Street star and her then partner Jamie Lomas lost their baby boy Archie in 2009, when he was born 18 weeks early.
Celebrating his 12th birthday, Marsh shared a long message on Instagram alongside a picture of a candle and angel wings.
The actor said the day marked “12 years of wishing”.
“Wishing we had seen you open your eyes, wishing we had seen you smile, wishing we had heard you laugh, wishing we had heard your voice. Wishing I had heard you say ‘I love you mummy’, wishing above all wishes that you were here, where you belong,” she wrote.
“Too many wishes to write down.”
Marsh, 44, went on: “Today you should be opening gifts, laughing at silly cards people have sent, blowing out candles on the birthday cake you will eat far too much of!!
“Sulking at me when I tell you it’s time to stop playing that new computer game and get to bed.
“Arguing with your little sister because you’ve told her a million times she can’t play with your new gifts!!
“Telling me I can’t have a kiss anymore cos you’re now far too cool for that!”
“I would give anything to kiss your little cheek one more time!” she added.
“Well, you may not be with us in body but we know you are ALWAYS with us, you’re everywhere around us, you’re always in our hearts.”
Watch: Kym Marsh dedicates award to late son Archie
The star said Archie would “always be the missing piece of our family”.
“The missing piece of me forever,” she said.
“We miss you. We love you more than words could ever express.
“Happy birthday our sweet angel boy. xxx.”
Marsh, who rose to fame in the band Hear’Say, added a sweet note from her nine-year-old daughter Polly.
It said: “Dear Archie, I wasn’t there when you were born but I was told you looked exactly like me!
“I just wanted to also thank you for my life and how amazing it is. I wish I could spend every second with you even if it was just for one day.
“I love you x from your little sister Polly xxx.”
Marsh is also mum to son David and daughter Emily.
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