Ashley Cain has shared his reasoning for taking part in the upcoming season of Celeb SAS, and explained that it’s to help him deal with the death of his late daughter Azaylia.
Ashley, alongside other celebs like Ferne McCann, Calum Best and AJ and Curtis Pritchard, was announced to be part ofthe latest line-up for the brutal showahead of its new series starting next month.
Ashley and his former partner Safiyya Vorajee heartbreakingly lost their eight month old daughter to acute myeloid leukaemia in April 2021, and doting dad Ashley has since vowed to keep her legacy alive.
In light of the tragedy he’s experienced in the past couple of years, former Ex On The Beach star Ashely, 31, said he hopes the show will help him “combat the trauma” of Azaylia’s death.
“Losing my daughter was the most difficult experience of my life,” he said.
“I think to combat trauma you need to step outside your comfort zone and see who you really are. There’s no better way to do that than on Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins, so when the opportunity came, I took it with both hands!”
Ashley has branded his late daughter Azaylia as his “superpower” as he signs up to the show. He’s also attempting to cycle from London to Rome in a bid to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer.
Speaking after completing five marathons – and counting – the 31 year old said to Good Morning Britain hosts Kate Garraway and Judge Rinder: “We lost Azaylia when she was eight months old and that’s what spurred me on to do these challenges.”
He went on: “When we lost her April 24 2021, that’s what inspired me to do these amazing challenges because I believe that my daughter’s watching down on me, that she has the best view of her daddy, and now is my chance to take her around the world.”
Ashley also explained why he’s kept his lockdown beard.
“So everyone asks me about the beard, it is a common question.
"When we were in the hospital we couldn't go out so I couldn't get a haircut so I ended up developing and growing this beard so as my daughter got older she ended up holding it and rubbing her feet through it.
"And because I haven't got her here with me anymore, I wanted to keep my beard because she still touched these very hairs on my face and I don't trim it, I don't shape it.
"I leave it because I feel like I am Samson and my beard is my strength."
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