Brenda Edwards on how return to TV helped her deal with son Jamal’s death

Brenda Edwards and her son Jamal on Loose Women (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Brenda Edwards has explained that returning to Loose Women helped her deal with the heartbreaking death of her son, Jamal.

The SBTV creator died after suffering a cardiac arrest earlier this year at the age of 31.

Presenter Brenda, 53, took a break from Loose Women at the time, but returned two months later, sharing a powerful tribute to her son during her first show back.

Now, she has reflected on her return to TV, saying: ‘It was important for me to get back to doing something.

‘When you’re left in your own head space, you start second guessing and you start overthinking things. Being at home… that’s not good for me. I want to keep busy.’

Brenda added to the Daily Star Sunday: ‘My son Jamal was such a hard-worker. I am inspired by him to this day. If he was here, I know he would be saying to me, “Come on Mummy, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get on with it.”‘

The star is working to continue her son’s legacy through the Jamal Edwards Self Belief Trust, which recently hosted its first ever fundraising event.

Brenda recently told PA of the fundraiser: ‘I think I can sum it up in two words – self-belief – and that’s what this is about.

Jamal Edwards

Jamal Edwards died in February (Picture: Joseph Okpako/WireImage)
Brenda and her daughter Tanisha at the Jamal Edwards Self Belief Trust inaugural fundraiser (Picture: Samir Hussein/Getty Images for Jamal Edwards Self Belief Trust)

‘And Jamal taught me self-belief when I was going through my cancer, he said: “Mommy have some self-belief.”

‘And that’s what we need to get out to the young people for them to remember because the young people are the future of tomorrow and it’s important to me to give them that platform that they can feel empowered, that they can feel strength and that they can feel that someone’s there listening to them.’

She continued: ‘That’s what we’re trying to do with the trust and we will achieve that, because we have self-belief.’

Edwards rose to fame after setting up the music platform SBTV in 2006 and was credited with helping to launch a string of UK music acts to stardom, including Dave, Jessie J and Ed Sheeran.

He died on February 20, with tributes for the late star pouring in.

MORE : Ed Sheeran says he wouldn’t have a career if it wasn’t for Jamal Edwards ‘putting his arm around me’

MORE : Brenda Edwards says late son Jamal’s trust will continue his work of instilling self-belief at star-studded fundraiser hosted by Terry Crews

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