TOWIEs Frankie Essex pens heartfelt tribute to late mum Tina on her birthday

Frankie Essexhas taken to her Instagram to wish a happy birthday to her late mum Tina for what would have been her 60th birthday.

The former TOWIE star, 35, shared a sweet photo of her nine month old twins, Logan and Luella, edited to look like they are sitting in Tina's lap as they all smile to the camera. The beautiful image was created by Luxe Photo Merges.

Frankie penned: "Happy 60th Birthday Nanny Tina we love you.

"Wishing my mummy a happy 60th heavenly birthday you would have been the best nanny to our babies and I know you would have been absolutely smitten with them love and miss you every day mum."

Fellow TOWIE star Amy Childs commented: "Thinking of you today Frankie, your mum would be so proud of you, the best mummy to them twins. We love you lots xxx."

Harry Derbidge also supported Frankie and said: "Thinking of you babe x love you lots x."

Several of her other followers also shared support for the reality star.

One person wrote: "Aw this is beautiful.. your mum would be so proud" as a second person penned: "So beautiful what a great picture Frank. She would be so proud of you. Happy heavenly birthday beautiful Tina xx."

A third person added: "Happy heavenly birthday the beautiful Tina u wood b so proud of frankie an Joey and the gorgeous twins big love x x."

Frankie's mum, Tina – also mum to her brother Joey Essex – died by suicide in 2001 after suffering from depression.

Introducing her twins Logan and Luella to OK!, Frankie shared: “Now I realise, when people have their mums around and they help, what a dream that would be, especially when I’m worrying about what could go wrong with the babies.

"But Mum is here in spirit. My family and friends always tell me I don’t need to worry because she’s looking down on me, and I know she is. We’re so blessed, honestly. I believe that the twins were sent to us.”

Frankie was just 13 when she lost her beloved mum, and Joey was 10. After the tragedy, the siblings were brought up by dad Donny, now 63.

Her brother, fellow TOWIE star Joey, has also been open about the loss of their mum, saying it's still affecting his life.

Speaking in his BBC documentary, the 30 year old admitted that he has now turned to professional help to get through the grief of his mother's passing so he can start his own family one day.

"My mum loved me, but she left me. I just think to myself: 'If she loved me that much, why would she leave me?'" he says while overcome with tears.

He continued: "I've had loads of relationships but I always end up pushing them away.

"Imagine if I was with someone and I had kids with them, and I really did love that person and then she left me. I wouldn't know what to do. I'm already thinking we're gonna break up before we're together. I'm pushing it away," he added.


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