Alesha Dixon shares pictures of her rarely seen daughter Azura as she turns eight

BRITAIN'S Got Talent star Alesha Dixon shared rare snap of her daughter Azura for her eighth birthday.

The singer shared eight photos of her oldest girl, including some impressive modelling shots.

"8 pictures & 8 years of loving you! Happy Birthday to Azura the gr8! 🎈" Alesha captioned the heartwarming post.

Hundreds rushes to also wish Azura a happy birthday including Alesha's BGT co-star, Amanda Holden.

"Happy beautiful girl ❤️," Amanda wrote on the Instagram post.

A fan wrote: "Happy 8th birthday beautiful Azura hope you have a magical day 🎁🎈🎂xx"

And another added: "Gorgeous photos! Wishing you a very happy 8th birthday Azura, keep shining bright! 💫🧁🥳"

Alesha recently revealed she almost burnt out with mental health problems while filming TV’s The Greatest Dancer at eight months pregnant.

She told The Sun how she would lock herself in the bathroom and cry with exhaustion while filming the BBC1 show.

She told The Sun: “I was filming The Greatest Dancer in high heels right up until I was eight months pregnant.

“I was working hard and looking after another child at the same time.

“It was overwhelming and I would have moments when I felt really down and was really struggling but didn’t really know why.

“I think a lot of women can relate to locking themselves in the bathroom and having a little cry.”

It has been two years since Alesha gave birth to her daughter Anaya, who is doted on by the telly star and her partner Azuka Ononye, 40.

Alesha, 42, decided to open up about her mental health battles after being inspired by sports stars Naomi Osaka and Simone Biles.

Both women pulled out of their respective sports — tennis and the Olympic gymnastics — because of their struggles.

The hard-working Britain’s Got Talent judge has just released her first music in five years.

New single War is a personal but positive anthem for anyone struggling with their mental health battles.

She said: “Music has always been like therapy for me.

“It has always been the one thing that, no matter what I have gone through in my life, I can let it out through my writing.

“I am a person who can talk a lot and I do have a lot to say but I am still afraid to open up and be completely vulnerable.

“Writing music is my therapy and exercise is my release. The two together keep me in a balanced state.”

The former member of three-piece girlband Mis-Teeq hadn’t planned to release new music until next year, but felt inspired to drop War this month following the media frenzy surrounding the mental health battles of sportswomen Naomi and Simone.

While Alesha knows how blessed she is, she admits that she struggles to juggle her commitments as a working mum.

She said: “Having a partner who I can talk with and be honest and open with is so important. We are very lucky like that.

“The most damage is done when people hold on to things and bottle them up.

“For me, it has always been really important to be able to talk about things and let them go and move on. I also try to prioritise my mental health and overall wellbeing and fitness.

“I try to meditate, I try to be mindful and present. I read and listen to inspirational self-development books and podcasts.

“There are so many devastating things going on in the world but you have to bring it back to reality, to realise we still have so much to be grateful for.

“I have an amazing family, kids and career. I have so much to smile about — and smiling is the best medicine you can have.”





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