Lorraine Kelly and her daughter Rosie have written an exclusive diary in this week's issue of HELLO! magazine, telling us all about their emotional reunion. The mother-daughter duo were separated by the coronavirus pandemic, with Lorraine at home in England while her daughter Rosie was stranded in Singapore. But the 24-year-old – who has been working there for almost four years in marketing – has made it back to the UK and is now out of quarantine.
Rosie writes: "I'd decided to return to the UK at the end of last year and had booked my flight, but wasn't sure it would take off. I was on 24-hour standby and managed to get a direct flight to London with just 16 other people on board.
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"I really wanted to see my mum and dad but I didn't want to risk giving them the virus if I was unlucky enough to catch it on the flight. I didn't want to take any chances. I stayed in a little flat in London on my own and got over the jet lag. I missed [family dog] Angus and I've enjoyed taking him for our walks. I'm also going to teach mum to cook and bake and I've got her doing online yoga classes."
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Lorraine's daughter Rosie self-isolated for two weeks before going back to her parents' house
Lorraine went on to praise her daughter for taking the sensible decision to self-isolate for two weeks before reuniting with her parents. "Of course it was the right thing to do but it made for a very long fortnight of waiting to get the chance to give her a proper hug," writes Lorraine. "We last saw her in person at Christmas when she came home to stay with us before going back to Singapore for New Year."
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She adds: "She was initially alone in that flat and was so close to me and yet so far away. It was hard but I knew that she was doing the right thing and being very responsible. It was so good this week to finally manage to see her in person and give her a much longed-for cuddle, and it is wonderful for the whole family – me, [husband] Steve, Rosie and of course our beloved dog Angus – to be together at last. Having Rosie back has really lifted my spirits. That's what is most important and what this whole pandemic has taught every single one of us: our family and friends are what really matter."
See this week's issue of HELLO! magazine for the full story and more photos.