Kym Marsh has opened up about the close friendship she enjoys with her eldest children's father.
The Coronation Street actress shares son David, 23, and daughter Emilie, 21, with former partner Dave Cunliffe.
In her latest column for OK! magazine, the soap star, 41, revealed how Dave and David had manned the barbecue during a recent summer party at her house.
She wrote: "David and Emilie's dad Dave is always invited to family parties, he's like a brother to me and the kids are delighted by our relationship.
Dave's like a brother to me and the kids are delighted by our relationship.
"We're great friends and we're lucky we have the relationship that we do - he's part of the family."
Kym said she'd spent the last few sunny weekends hosting barbecues at her new house, which has a big enough garden to fit her large group of family and friends.
It's believed she bought the house with now-ex boyfriend Matt Baker.
Kym and Matt, 27, confirmed their split at the end of April, just months after Kym revealed they'd moved from a rented house into their own property.
The former Hear'Say singer is also mum to daughter Polly, seven, with ex-husband Jamie Lomas, best known for his role in Hollyoaks and appearing on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!
Kym and Jamie's son Archie sadly died just moments after his birth in 2009.
Proud mum Kym recently took to Twitter to gush about eldest daughter Emilie, who is following in her showbiz footsteps.
Emilie has already appeared on The Voice UK and released a single.
Kym paid tribute to her daughter on Twitter over Bank Holiday weekend, saying: "But she's just too beautiful. Emilie, you are a stunner, big things ahead for you!! I love you kiddo."
Kym's currently in the middle of a major Coronation Street storyline after her character, Michelle Connor, is taken hostage by Pat Phelan on her wedding day.
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