Ulrika Jonsson’s agony as partner ‘abandoned’ her straight after baby daughter’s heart op
Ulrika Jonsson enjoys sunny weather at home with her dog
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Ulrika Jonsson, 54, has spoken out on the difficulty of raising her daughter Bo, 20, after splitting from her partner Markus Kempen shortly after she was born and underwent a life-saving heart operation. The former Gladiator host recalled the tough time in life and admitted she now is apprehensive about Bo now meeting her dad for the first time since she was a baby.
Ulrika admitted “cracks” in the relationship had started to show before Bo was born, and he accepted a job abroad shortly after the baby arrived.
She shared: “As I was in hospital struggling to get my baby out, he was outside the labour ward smoking Gauloises cigarettes and plotting his escape.
“After her first operation at six days old, I was allowed to take her home. On the way, in the car, he announced he’d accepted a job abroad and would be leaving imminently.
“I sat in the back of the car, cradling my child – not ours. I knew she was chronically ill, might not survive future cardiac operations — and had just been abandoned by one-half of her parents.”
Ulrika explained Bo is currently away in Greece working as a nanny and by chance her dad happens to be on the same island.
The telly star admits her daughter worries a meeting could “open a can of worms” but she fully supports Bo in whatever decision she makes.
She added: “If she wants to meet him, I have always supported her and always will. It has been a discombobulated feeling of hope and fear these past few weeks…
“If he can enrich or enhance her life, who am I to stand in their way? I have never tainted her mind about her biological father,” the telly star added in her The Sun column.
Back in April, Bo, who has a congenital heart defect – was rushed to hospital, although Ulrika did not specify why at the time.
The 20-year-old has been in and out of hospital over the years as a result of her condition – she was born with double inlet left ventricle defect, a congenital defect that affects the valves and chambers of the heart.
The Swedish star told fans about her sleepless night at the time as she awaited word from the doctors.
She said: “When your plan for an early good night’s sleep goes Pete Tong. Hourly, daughterly updates from hospital.
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“Finally discharged will update later. Thank you for your kind messages.”
She later told fans Bo, who she refers to as “oldest female ungrateful” was no longer in hospital and that “nothing has been solved yet”.
She also shared a picture of Boo saying: “Miss you stoopid.” (sic)
Ulrika is currently single but has dated a number of high profile suitors and has been married three times.
Her first husband was cameraman John Turnbull, the pair tied the knot in 1990 and has son, Cameron, 26, together.
After their marriage ended, Ulrika went on to date footballer Stan Collymore and German hotel manager Markus.
Her second husband was Lancer Gerrard Wright, a contestant she met on the set of Mr Right, a show she was hosting back in 2002.
Their marriage lasted until 2006 and the couple have a daughter together, Martha Sky Hope, 17.
Ulrika’s third and most recent husband was Brian Monet, with whom she shares son, Malcolm, 13.
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