Alesha Dixon’s father Melvin has detailed his heartache over his eight-year rift with the
In a new interview, the retired service engineer, 66, admitted he’s endured sleepless nights over their estranged relationship and hopes the pair can mend their broken ties as she prepares to welcome her second child with husband Azuka Ononye later this year.
On watching his famous daughter, 40, on TV, Melvin said: ‘It has been awful. It is torture seeing her on TV knowing she’s not part of my life any more.’
Estranged: Alesha Dixon’s father Melvin has detailed his heartache over his eight-year rift with the Britain’s Got Talent judge as he pleads for reconciliation
‘I went to a friend’s house and Britain’s Got Talent came on the TV — I had to leave the room. I was too upset and, if I think about her before I go to bed, I cannot sleep’, he told
The father-of-nine, who claimed he’s never met Alesha’s five-year-old daughter Azura, went on to reveal he had a ‘huge lump’ in this throat when he recently discovered the TV star is pregnant.
He said: ‘She didn’t even call me… I very much doubt I will see her new baby and I have never met my other granddaughter.’
Following his split from Alesha’s mother Beverly Harris when the songstress was four, Melvin enjoyed a new life with his partner Catherine and their three children Leyanne, 31, Jeroam, 27 and Callum, 22.
‘It’s torture seeing her on TV’: The retired service engineer, 66, hopes the pair can mend their broken ties as she prepares to welcome her second child later this year
Rift in family: Father-of-nine Melvin claimed he’s never met Alesha’s five-year-old daughter Azura
During a candid interview on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories back in 2014, the former Mis-Teeq member revealed she was not in contact with her father.
The musician explained: ‘I don’t speak to my dad at the moment, no. I think it’s very difficult when you don’t have a dad that lives at home with you and they have a new family.
‘It takes time to get that to work. Unfortunately for my dad and I, it didn’t really work, so there were times he would be in my life and things would be brilliant and then for some reason, I’m not even sure myself why, the relationship breaks down.’
Despite their lack of communication, Alesha insisted she’d love to speak to him again: ‘I’m very open to [speaking to him again]. I’m not one of these people who hold a grudge [or] has any bad feeling towards him.
Candid: During an appearance on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories back in September 2014, the former Mis-Teeq member revealed she was not in contact with her father
Family first: The former Mis-Teeq star has been married to Azuka Ononye for two years
‘I just think that my relationship with my dad is very up and down and it always has been’, she added.
Melvin, however, claimed he was a ‘doting dad’ and still managed to maintain a good relationship with his daughter during her childhood as they spent weekends together and only lived five minutes apart.
He also admitted the brunette’s marriage to MC Harvey back in 2005 caused the pair to drift, as he described the So Solid Crew rapper, 40, as ‘disrespectful’.
The ex files: He also admitted the brunette’s marriage to MC Harvey back in 2005 caused the pair to drift, as he described the So Solid Crew rapper, 40, as ‘disrespectful’ (pictured in 2003)
Split: Tension grew between the father and daughter, with Melvin even slapping the singer across the face during a heated argument (pictured with Harvey in 2004)
Tension grew between the father and daughter, with Melvin even slapping the singer across the face during a heated argument, and wasn’t invited to her wedding as a result.
Following Alesha and Harvey’s divorce just one year later, The Greatest Dancer host turned to her father for support, with Melvin even living with the star at her £1.1million Hertfordshire home.
However, their relationship soon took a turn for the worse when he told Alesha he had fathered a daughter Ning, 10, with his ex-girlfriend, following a family trip to Thailand.
Melvin claimed the The Way We Are singer didn’t ‘want anything to do with’ her younger sister, and the pair haven’t spoken properly since his revelation back in 2011.
Lack of communication: Melvin revealed he had a ‘huge lump’ in this throat when he recently discovered the TV star is pregnant
He went on to reveal that while he last saw the Breathe Slow hitmaker at his mother’s funeral in 2017, they ‘didn’t have a conversation’ as he ‘wasn’t in the right frame of mind’.
On Alesha’s success, the distraught parent admitted he fears the mother-of-one has ‘forgotten where she came from’, but hopes to ‘move forward’ with their relationship.
MailOnline has contacted Alesha’s representatives for further comment.
Melvin’s interview comes after she announced she’s expecting her second child with her dancer husband Azuka during the first installment of BGT’s live shows last month.