Loose Women presenter Nadia Sawalha shared photos of her and her husband, TV producer Mark Adderley, having a blast at Pride in London this weekend. But they weren't just enjoying the party – for them, it has a personal significance, as a post on Nadia's Instagram on Saturday proved.
Mark posted a photo from the parade showing him and Nadia smiling alongside his mum, all of them cuddled close together. Nadia had her arm around her mother-in-law and Mark wore a rainbow flag draped across his left shoulder. In the caption, he wrote a moving tribute to his mother, who came out as a lesbian when he was a child.
Mark and Nadia spent the day celebrating Pride with family and friends
He wrote: "Here wanting to give a BIG SHOUT OUT to my Mom. It was a funny old time the 70s and 80s - both you coming out as gay to the world and our family... and me fighting your/our corner in school and with tricky friends... there was bullying, there was abuse, there was great upset and GREAT joy... but I just wanted to say how PROUD i am of YOU and US as just a Mom & Son negotiating prejudice... and coming out the other side stronger for it all... I will never forget a teacher once jokingly saying about Clause 28 - “how on earth can we TEACH kids to be gay... if I can’t even teach them HISTORY"... it’s been a journey... and today is the day to celebrate!!!!"
He added the hashtags #prideinlondon #pridejubilee #pride2019 #prideparade #loveislove #pridemont #gaypride #lesbianparents #gayparents @pride @prideinlondon #pride #gaypride #londonpride #gayandproud and a string of rainbows and rainbow flags.
Nadia was one of the original Loose Women panellists in 1999
Last year, Nadia told her Loose Women co-hosts that Mark had initially struggled with his mum's sexuality, telling them: "My husband really struggled as a child with his mum being gay... there was enormous prejudice, he said it really ruined his school life." But she said there were advantages, too: "We've always had this ongoing dialogue with our children so if they were gay it would almost be seamless."
The couple married in 2002 and share two children, both of whom Nadia home schools: Maddie, 16, who was born on Christmas Day in 2002, and Kiki-Bee, who turns 12 next month.
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