Sherrie Hewson’s heartache on daughter’s wedding day

It’s supposed to be one of the happiest days of your life, but for TV’s Sherrie Hewson, the prospect of her daughter’s wedding left her feeling sick with fear.

The former Loose Women presenter has opened up about her anxiety over daughter Keeley’s big day, revealing that it was the first time she’d seen her cheating ex-husband Ken Boyd in 14 years.

“I was so sick that morning,” she told The Sunday Mirror. “I was so scared about facing Ken. Walking Keeley down the aisle was supposed to be the most joyous moment of my life. But the Ghost of Christmas Past had landed by my side.

“I thought I’d put everything to bed long ago – yet I was completely wrong footed as 20 years of history flooded back.”

Last weekend’s wedding day was the first time the 65-year-old ex-Corrie actress had seen ex-husband Ken Boyd since 2002. The couple split the previous year, when she discovered the former DJ had cheated on her.

When the couple’s daughter Keeley announced plans to wed long-term partner Simon, Sherrie knew she had to find a way to prevent her turbulent past casting a shadow over the big day.

“I felt uneasy and nervous,” she continued. “I sat next to Ken after we walked Keeley down the aisle, which felt very strange. We had to say ‘We do’ together when they asked who gives this bride away.

“Then I had a glass of wine at the wedding breakfast, which calmed me down a bit, but my head was racing. It was full of every memory that had gone between us. I was the first to make a speech and I was so nervous I just wanted to cry.

“I think I would have been alright if Ken hadn’t been two chairs away from me. I went up to the loo at one point just to get away and I said to myself, ‘You’ve done really well keeping it together for your daughter, hold your head high and be proud of yourself,’

“But it did take it out of me. I felt weak and helpless – the same as I used to feel during our marriage.”

However, Sherrie also explained that seeing Ken again after so long helped her to gain closure on the couple’s doomed marriage, and move on from any feelings of bitterness or regret.

“I saw Ken again at lunch and just thought, ‘I’ve got no feelings for you at all… but you know what, it’s okay, I feel fine about you. I’ve shut the door and forgiven Ken. I’ve moved on from any kind of regrets or recriminations. It all just fell away, bit by bit, over the three days.”

“I’ve said my goodbyes now. I don’t imagine I’ll ever see Ken in my life again, and that’s okay. We’ve done it with dignity and respect.”