Hollyoaks star Kirsty-Leigh Porter reveals her baby girl was stillborn and says she has ‘never felt pain like it’ in heartbreaking statement
- Kirsty-Leigh, 30, was devastated when her baby was stillborn on December 21
- Penny-Leigh Barber was just 29 weeks and 3 days when she came into the world
- The actress said she and her partner Paul, 41, have ‘never felt pain like it’
- The Hollyoaks star’s fellow cast members and fans sent her their love and prayers as she revealed the tragic news via her Instagram page on Tuesday
Hollyoaks star Kirsty-Leigh Porter has revealed her baby girl was stillborn, penning a heartbreaking Instagram post on Tuesday.
The soap actress, 30, told her fans her daughter Penny-Leigh Barber arrived on December 21 last year at just 29 weeks and 3 days old.
Saying she had ‘never felt pain like it’, Kirsty-Leigh shared a picture which showed a card she had received from the NHS following her devastating loss.
Devastating: Hollyoaks star Kirsty-Leigh Porter has revealed her baby girl was stillborn and said she ‘never felt pain like it’ in a heartbreaking statement
She wrote in the post: ‘Our beautiful baby girl, Penny-Leigh Barber was born sleeping on the 21st of December 2018 at 6.49am, 29 weeks & 3 days young.
‘My heart has never felt pain like it. Sleep sweetly our angel. We will always love you. Love your Mummy & Daddy My Everything.’
Kirsty-Leigh’s followers sent her their love and prayers following the tragic news, including some of her co-stars.
Rory Douglas-Speed, who plays Joel Dexter on Hollyoaks, wrote: ‘All the love to you both’.
Heartbroken: The soap star told her fans her daughter Penny-Leigh Barber arrived on December 21 last year at just 29 weeks and 3 days old
Daisy Wood-Davis (Kim Butterfield actress), commented: ‘So much love mate xxxxxx.’
In November, the Channel 4 soap favourite had told OK! magazine she was expecting her first child with her beau of three years Paul, 41.
She told the magazine: ‘You just feel everything at once. With acting, you don’t know when you’re okay to be like: “Let’s take a year out and do this.”
‘You’re just prepared when it happens, and we’re so happy it’s happened for us now.’
Romance: She said of her romance with partner Paul, 41, ‘Something just clicks’
Kirsty-Leigh, who plays Leela Lomax on the soap, has found The One in partner Paul.
She said: ‘Something just clicks. If you’re in a relationship and it’s not working then you find yourself having to try. With him, it’s just not like that.
‘We make an effort but it’s not hard work – it’s just so natural and effortless. I think that’s when you know it’s love, because every day you wake up and you’re happy.’
Paul added: ‘I didn’t believe in all that ‘when you know, you know’ stuff until I met Kirsty.’
The couple hope to marry soon, although Kirsty-Leigh admitted the pair haven’t ‘made any plans as yet’.
She continued: ‘Paul does get in these little love bubbles sometimes, saying: “I just want to marry you now.”
Loved up: Kirsty-Leigh said that while the couple plan to marry soon, they haven’t ‘made any plans as yet’