Chloe Hickinbottom's parental agony
- Bang Showbiz
- 26 April 2010
The mother of 'Britain's Got Talent' contestant Chloe Hickinbottom hasn't seen her daughter for a year and didn't even know she was going to appear on the show
The mother of 'Britain's Got Talent' star Chloe Hickinbottom hasn't seen her daughter for a year.
Lucy Bray, 29 - whose 10-year-old daughter wowed the judges with her voice on the first episode of auditions for the ITV reality show - admitted she was heartbroken about not being in touch with her child for so long but hopes to repair their broken relationship.
She said: "I want to give her a big hug and tell her how much I love her. I had mixed emotions watching Chloe on TV. On the one hand I was very proud, but on the other I was really sorry I didn't know about it - and that I was not there to support her through it. I just hope I can see her by the end of the series."
Chloe - who moved into her father Andrew's home with her three sisters a year ago - stood out with her heartfelt rendition of Dame Vera Lynn's wartime classic 'White Cliffs of Dover', much to Lucy's amazement.
Lucy told The Sun newspaper: "Chloe is a very shy girl and wouldn't even sing in front of us. We had to get her to sing to us from the kitchen because she was so embarrassed! I'm amazed she went out there in front of such a big crowd."
It is not known why Lucy hasn't been in contact with her children for the past year.
The 'Britain's Got Talent' judges - Amanda Holden, Piers Morgan and Louis Walsh, who was standing in for Simon Cowell - praised her performance on the opening show, which attracted more than £12.2 million viewers.