Jessica Cunningham has had to make some "hard choices" following the death of her children's father.
The 'Apprentice' star was left devastated three weeks ago when she discovered her former partner Alistair Eccles - who is the father of her three daughters - had been found dead at the age of just 35 at an address in Burnley, Lancashire, and she finally broke her silence on social media today (01.09.17) to thank those who have supported her and her little ones through this difficult and heartbreaking time.
Taking to her Instagram account, she wrote alongside a photograph of red balloons in the sky: "The past three weeks have been incredibly upsetting, challenging and full of sadness.
"I want to thank the special souls that have brought light where there was darkness, helped my children to smile when there were only tears and helped them believe there is life after death.
"The strength and support from those closest to myself and my children has given me faith that they will lead as happy as can be and normal lives and that the hard choices Iv had to make have been the right decisions. I feel truly saddened about what has happened as there was so much to live for. (sic)"
Alistair's death isn't being treated as "suspicious" but his medical records have been passed on to a coroner to determine how and why he has lost his life so young.
Although Jessica and Alistair had split up a while ago, the pair remained on good terms for the sake of their girls and she has praised him for being a "good" father in the past.
The former pair ran her first fashion business, Famous Frocks, together before Jessica ended their relationship after he was convicted of fraud.
Alistair was found guilty of a scam in 2013 and owned up to money laundering in front of a judge at Preston Crown Court. He received a 15-month jail sentence.