Danniella Westbrook celebrates her son Kai’s 25th birthday with heartfelt message

Danniella Westbrook has paid tribute to her son Kai as she celebrated his 25th birthday, calling him ‘the only man who will ever hold my heart in his hands’.

The former EastEnders star, 48, took to Instagram on Monday and shared several snaps of her son who she shares with her ex Robert Fernandez.

Alongside the photos, Daniella wrote: ‘Happy 25th birthday @kjfernandez23 My firstborn and the only man who has ever and will ever hold my heart in his hands.

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Family: Danniella Westbrook has paid tribute to her son Kai as she celebrated his 25th birthday, calling him ‘the only man who will ever hold my heart in his hands’

‘Have the most amazing birthday Kai and thank you for being the most loyal, humble, talented, unique, clever, funny and hardworking son.

‘Not one day in 25 years have you ever not made me smile and my heart full of pride. Enjoy the day son and know I love you the world xxxx.’

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Along with Kai, Danniella is also mother to daughter Jodie, 20, from her marriage to businessman Kevin Jenkins. 

It comes after Daniella revealed she was back in hospital awaiting surgery in an emotional Instagram post on Friday. 

Proud: The former EastEnders star, 48, took to Instagram on Monday and shared several snaps of her son who she shares with her ex Robert Fernandez (pictured in 2018)

Daniella wrote: ‘Happy 25th birthday @kjfernandez23 My firstborn and the only man who has ever and will ever hold my heart in his hands’

The actress shared a picture in her hospital gown and told her followers she felt ‘so overwhelmed and full of hope and gratitude’. 

She continued: ‘Huge thanks to the most amazing surgeons and @nhs team x’.

Danniella also took to her Instagram stories to share the same picture and she added Christina Aguilera’s anthem Fighter. 

During a previous hospital stay the star was told she might need surgery to prevent a repeat of the infection.

She added: ‘Have the most amazing birthday Kai and thank you for being the most loyal, humble, talented, unique, clever, funny and hardworking son’

It comes after doctors feared the infection could ‘track back to her brain’ after ‘antibiotics didn’t work’.

A source told The Sun: ‘Danniella is really poorly. She ended up in ICU after antibiotics for a sinus infection didn’t work.

‘Experts were concerned infected mucus could track back to her brain, but she is being well cared for in hospital and is on the mend.’

Her hospitalisation comes after she vowed to turn her life around following years of drug abuse and relapsing onto ‘cocaine and champagne’ earlier this year.

Daniella wrote: ‘Not one day in 25 years have you ever not made me smile and my heart full of pride. Enjoy the day son and know I love you the world xxxx’

The actress’ battle with drugs has been well-publicised, and she famously had her nose reconstructed after her septum collapsed from excessive cocaine use in 2002.

At the height of her use it was reported she would take up to five grams of cocaine a day, blowing close to £250,000 on the drug.

The star has since embarked on multiple rehab stints in order to battle her demons – and revealed she was finally clean in June last year, after attending a clinic in Mijas, Spain.

Danniella first appeared in EastEnders in 1990 at the age of 16 and acted on the soap for three years.

Memories: The actress shared several childhood snaps of her son in the post 

She returned in 1996 but her time was cut short when her off-screen behaviour got her sacked.

She returned again shortly after, but was axed again in 2000 after further disruptive behaviour, admitting she blew £100k on cocaine at the time.

The part was recast between 2002 and 2005, and played by Kim Medcalf, but Danniella returned to the role once more in 2009 until 2010.

She was back once more in 2016 for the storyline surrounding on-screen mother Peggy Mitchell’s death, which is to date her final appearance.

Illness: It comes after Daniella revealed she was back in hospital awaiting surgery in an emotional Instagram post on Friday

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