'I will teach your grandchildren about your legacy': Ayda Field shares heartbreaking tribute to her late father on the anniversary of his death
Ayda Field has penned a heartbreaking tribute to her late dad on the anniversary of his death.
The American actress, 40, took to Instagram to share a throwback picture of her father Haldun Evecan alongside an emotional message that opened with the words: 'To my beautiful Baba.'
The loving tribute, which showed a young Ayda being held in the air by her dad, comes after Haldun died at the age of 68 of a heart attack in 2014.
'Forever in my heart': Ayda Field has penned a heartbreaking tribute to her late dad on the anniversary of his death
Ayda, who has previously spoken about the agony of losing her dad only years after being reunited with him, said her parent was 'always with me' and that she would teach her children all about his legacy.
Taking to Instagram she wrote: 'To my beautiful Baba...On the anniversary of your death, I celebrate your life and the life you gave me.
'Though we were apart for most of my life, you were always close in my mind and in my heart. And though you are even farther from me now, you are even deeper within me. I love you so much, Baba.
'You are always with me wherever you are and I promise to teach your grandchildren all about your legacy. AWxx.'
'Always in my heart': The American actress, 40, took to Instagram to share a throwback picture of her father Haldun Evecan lifting a young Ayda
Heartfelt: Ayda said her dad was 'always with me' and that she would teach her children all about his legacy
Ayda was only three-years-old when she lost contact with her Turkish dad after he left the U.S. in 1982 to return to his native Turkey after splitting with Ayda's mother Gwen Field.
During their time apart Haldun claimed that he fought a legal battle to try and make contact with his estranged daughter.
Ayd finally made contact with her dad at the age of 18 and then decided to give him a call at the age of 26 before her upcoming wedding to the British singer Robbie Williams in California in 2010.
Speaking to The Telegraph at the time Haldun said the pair spoke on the phone for about an hour on the morning of Ayda's wedding.
He said: 'I was wishing her happiness and apologising that I hadn't been there for her as she was growing up.
Heartbreaking: Ayda was only three-years-old when she lost contact with her Turkish dad after he left the US in 1982 (pictured with Haldun and her mother Gwen Field)
Tragedy: During their time apart Haldun (pictured) claimed that he fought a legal battle to try and make contact with his daughter
'I told her that I wished I could have been with her to hold her hand on her first day at school or to care for her when she was sick.
'I told her that I didn't give her much and certainly not as much love as I would have liked and that will haunt me my whole life and my beautiful daughter replied Baba you gave me the best gift of all you gave me life.'
In 2018, Ayda broke down in tears on television after an emotional X Factor audition song, sung by the contestant J-Sol, reminded her of Haldun's death.
Speaking to The Mirror after the emotional show Ayda said: 'When he sang the first note, I was like, ''Oh my God, here we go''.
Emotional: In 2018, Ayda broke down in tears on television after an emotional X Factor audition song reminded her of father's death (pictured with husband Robbie Williams)
'It touched me. I feel I needed to hear that song. I needed to feel some things I wasn’t ready to deal with. I was grateful.'
Haldun and Ayda's mum Gwen were married for four years between 1978 and 198 before the pair decided to part ways.
Upon returning to Turkey, Haldun remarried and went on to have daughters, Ilgi, 30, and Oyku, 26 - who Ayda met for the first time around 11 years ago.
Making contact: Ayda called her dad before her upcoming wedding to the British singer Robbie Williams in California in 2010 (pictured with Robbie in 2018)