Ashley Cain reveals unshaven beard is a memento for late daughter Azaylia

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Ashley Cain opened up about his daughter’s death on Good Morning Britain, during which he admitted the poignant reason for his long beard.

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Former footballer Ashley Cain almost brought the Good Morning Britain (GMB) studios to tears this morning as he bravely discussed the passing of his daughter, Azaylia.

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At just eight months old, his daughter died from an aggressive form of leukaemia in April 2021.

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Ashley has taken on gruelling fundraising challenges to raise money for Azaylia Foundation, in a bid to advance early child cancer diagnosis and treatment availability in UK.

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The proud father took to GMB to raise awareness of the organisation and update the nation, who have been staunch supporters, on how he’s been coping.

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“My beard is my strength”Aside from his football career, the 31-year-old became a reality star thanks to his stint on Ex On The Beach and MTV game show The Challenge

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Over the past year, Ashley’s growing beard has become his trademark, but he’s not doing it for aesthetics: it’s a tribute to his later daughter.

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Talking to GMB’s Rob Rinder and Kate Garraway, Ashely revealed that he hasn’t trimmed or shaped his long facial hair since Azaylia enjoyed fiddling with it

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“When we were in the hospital we couldn’t go out so I couldn’t get a haircut,” he explained. “So I ended up developing and growing this beard, so as my daughter got older.

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