MAFS star Chanita Stephenson opens up over mum's lung cancer death as she reveals huge tribute

Chanita Stephenson confirmed that her mum Chondelle Stephenson has passed away
-Credit: (Image: Instagram/chanitastephenson)

Married at First Sight star Chanita Stephenson has shared an update about her experience of losing her mum Chondelle to lung cancer in January this year. The star, who became a famous face after appearing on the popular E4 dating show in 2022, announced a year ago that she had been dealing with something difficult in her personal life, which turned out to be her mum's diagnosis.

Taking to her social media on Saturday, 1 June, the 32-yaer-old reality star said: “Within that week whilst dealing with other stuff, I found out my mum may have cancer and my Mum didn’t want anyone to know. I really hoped it would all be okay. It took professionals until August to confirm that she had terminal lung cancer which was aggressive and untreatable.”

She continued: “I had evidence that my Mum was let down and it hurts having to live with that knowledge.”

Chanita and Chondelle
Chanita posted a tribute of her mother on her social media -Credit:Instagram/chanitastephenson
Chanita's instagram story opening up about her mother's passing
Chanita was heartbroken by her mum's death -Credit:chatinastephenson/Instagram

Chanita confirmed her mother's death in January with a series of snaps of her and Chondelle together, and captioned the tribute with "I miss you so much already". She added: “Chondelle Stephenson, better known as my strong, beautiful, funny, intelligent, caring, courageous mother.”

Chanita’s fans were quick to flood her comments section with messages of condolences, with one person penning: "Sending you the biggest hug and all the love, so sorry for your loss."

Chanita found fame on the 2022 series of Married at First Sight UK, when she was paired with Jordan Emmett-Connelly. The couple ended the show on a high, but later split up. At the time, sources claimed that Chanita "tried everything" to make their relationship work, but it wasn't enough to make the marriage last.

The popular bride, who later took on the role of MAFS correspondent for OK!, shared behind-the-scenes secrets with us from her time starring on the show- revealing a crafty trick relating to their alcohol consumption.

The former social worker revealed a strict no-alcohol rule, claiming that contestants were likely pretending to down shots. "One thing that really made me laugh was the hen night, especially when they were all doing shots. There's no way alcohol was in that glass; we filmed ours using water," Chanita commented while watching the 2023 season.