ASHLEY Cain has hit back at cruel trolls in a furious rant after his ex Safiyaa Vorajee shared shocking details of their split.
Safiyya broke her silence in an interview with The Sun after learning Ashley was expecting a baby with another woman.
And she told of her heartache as she revealed he had asked her to have another baby, following their split and the death of their little girl Azaylia from leukaemia in 2021.
The star said she had believed they would one day get back together.
Following her bombshell revelations Ashley, 33, said "recollections may vary" and that he was committed to continuing to work with Safiyya to lead The Azaylia Foundation.
Last night he took to Instagram again after coming under fire from nasty trolls and being bombarded with negative messages.
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The Real Full Monty star said: "Just because I don't speak, doesn't mean I can't speak, just means I choose not to.
"Protection of the things and people I love that are in, have been or will be in my life will always come above and beyond anything else.
"No matter how many stones get thrown, or how hard they hurt, I will always stand on that."
Ashley also shared a message from a fan who defended him and slammed the abuse he had faced.
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The message read: "All these judgemental, horrible, got nothing better to do except put down a grieving father because he has moved on need to get a frigging life.. just because you don't see him crying or being sad does not mean he is okay.
"He has lost a child to.. the comments on his post are disgusting and you should be ashamed of yourself for judging a man that takes all his strength just to be alive.
"Take it from another grieving parent."
In June, Safiyya moved out of Ashley’s aunt’s house and bought her own home, believing the space would help following their split.
He later told her that he was due to be a dad again and the woman was pregnant with a baby boy, though he wasn’t in a relationship with her.
Breaking down in tears, Safiyaa told The Sun: “That’s the heartbreaking thing about it.
"Even when he told me, I put him first so he didn’t feel guilty for telling me. Inside I was screaming and crying.”
She also had to keep her dignity when the news broke online, with footage of Ashley talking about his new child.
Safiyya said: “I was preparing to present an award, sitting on a table with Little Mix singer Leigh-Anne Pinnock and sprinter Linford Christie.
“Somebody said there was footage of him online. I had no idea that was going to happen that day. I messaged him saying, ‘I’m just about to present an award. Like, seriously?’ He didn’t respond.”
Their baby daughter Azaylia was just eight weeks old when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukaemia and tumours on her lungs, stomach and kidneys.
Former Coventry City winger Ashley and Safiyya, founders of The Azaylia Foundation, raised more than £1.5million to fund her specialist treatment.
She was given several rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant at Birmingham Children’s Hospital but died at eight months.
In an exclusive interview with The Sun on Sunday, he broke down in tears as he spoke of visiting his daughter’s grave to tell her that she was going to be a big sister.
Ashley said: “The first thing that I did was go down to Azaylia’s resting place to talk to her about it.
“I believe that was a huge part that has allowed me to feel positive about it.
"I feel like she was the main person that I needed to speak to and to get this thing off my chest.
"After going to her resting place and speaking to her about it, I just had a feeling in my heart and in my soul that she was happy for me.
“She was happy that she had a little brother and it is now just someone else for her to watch over and protect in this world."
In the interview he said Safiyya had congratulated him on his baby news.
He also told The Sun on Sunday of his joy at being a dad again.
Sobbing and wiping away tears, Safiyya admitted: “How can I congratulate him when I’m in so much pain?
"Knowing my child has a sibling that isn’t related to me has shattered my dreams of a future with a full sibling, of that family.
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“I feel embarrassed. I am speaking out because I need to stop sugar-coating stuff that’s painful to me. I am devastated.
“Because he hasn’t named this woman I’ve had thousands and thousands of messages with people thinking it is me, congratulating me.”
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