MUM S THE WORD

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their pri­vate lives haven’t al­ways been straight­for­ward.

In 2010, Ayda’s dad Hal­dun Eve­can, a Turk­ish ad­ver­tis­ing supremo, apol­o­gised to his daugh­ter for not be­ing in her life.

Speak­ing af­ter she tied the knot with Rob­bie in 2010, he said: “We spoke on the morn­ing of her wed­ding. We were on the phone for about an hour to­gether.

“I was wish­ing her hap­pi­ness and apol­o­gis­ing that I hadn’t been there for her as she was grow­ing up.

“I told her that I wished I could have been with her to hold her hand on her first day at school or to care for her when she was sick.

“I told her that I didn’t give her much and cer­tainly not as much love as I would have liked and that will haunt me my whole life. And my beau­ti­ful daugh­ter replied, ‘Baba, you gave me the best gift of all – you gave me life’.

“We were both in tears dur­ing the call, but they were tears of joy. She was very happy to be mar­ry­ing Rob­bie, and I’m happy for her.” Hal­dun and Gwen were mar­ried for four years be­tween 1978 and 1982. Shortly af­ter they parted, he re­turned to live in his na­tive Turkey, where he went on to be­come a suc­cess­ful ad­ver­tis­ing ex­ec­u­tive – and raised a new fam­ily. But he died in 2014 – with re­ports stat­ing that Ayda was not al­lowed to travel to the funeral due to her preg­nancy. The source added: “Ayda lost out on her re­la­tion­ship with her fa­ther, but her mum has more than made up for it. “Fam­ily is ev­ery­thing to Ayda and Rob­bie – in the end they have got their fairy-tale end­ing.”

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