A decade after the devastating loss of her older sister Jenna, Jayde Adams has paid tribute to someone she says was ‘born with fireworks going off.’
Following an out-of-the-blue seizure, doctors discovered Jenna had a brain tumour but, despite initial treatment, she died aged 28 in 2011.
Throughout this series of Strictly Come Dancing, Jayde has dedicated her dances with partner Karen Hauer to her late sister, before they were eliminated two weeks ago.
Today, Jayde marked her sister’s birthday, posting a video tribute set to the tune of Katy Perry’s tune Firework, on what would have been her 40th.
The video contained old family videos and photos, including many of the sisters performing dance routines together as teenagers.
‘Today would’ve been my sister Jenna’s 40th and when she died I edited this video from the footage our Dad took of us in the 90’s for her wake,’ Jayde wrote.
‘I set it to this song because she was born with fireworks going off and this was going to be my couples choice song on Strictly tonight.
‘Karen and I were going to recreate one of our freestyle disco dancing routines. Sadly I never got to but it doesn’t stop me from doing it on my own stages one day does it… watch this space.’
The sisters danced competitively together for 13 years, but it was after Jenna’s death that Jayde stopped performing comedy gigs, having just started the circuit.
But she eventually rebooted her comedy career, and has said her sister’s death later gave her the fearlessness to pursue her dreams.
In the post, Jayde also added a poem by R Tagore, which she said a friend had sent to her this morning.
Parts of the poem read: ‘Those who are near me do not know that you are nearer to me than they are…those who love me do not know that their love brings you to my heart.’
‘I thought it was perfect for the type of grief you experience when you lose the love of your life,’ Jayde said.
Jayde also wrote on Instagram that grieving for her sister was ‘the most important thing I do and I’m happy to do it forever.’
Two weeks ago, Jayde became the fourth celebrity to be eliminated from the competition during the special edition celebrating 100 years of the BBC.
Earlier this year, she told the Guardian that she would ‘give it all up [her career] to spend a day’ with her sister.
Strictly Come Dancing airs Saturday and Sunday on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.