Samantha Cameron has opened up about losing her son Ivan, who died in 2009.
David and Samantha Cameron’s son, who suffered from cerebral palsy and epilepsy, passed away aged six in February 2009.
Eight years later, Samantha has opened up about her loss in an emotional interview for The Times, saying that losing a child made everything else become ‘irrelevant’.
‘Ive dying is such a massive thing that everything else is irrelevant’ she said.
‘It just overshadows everything. What goes on in the outside world becomes meaningless.’
David Cameron with his son, Ivan
Talking about Ivan, who was severely disabled since birth, she explained that the couple had to deal with a ‘surreal’ and ‘difficult’ situation.
‘From the moment he is born, you are living in a situation that is quite surreal and difficult to deal with.
‘It is intense every day, in and out of hospitals… in a way, that prepared me for Dave being prime minister, because I was used to living and operating in a way that’s not normal’, she said.
To cope with their loss, Samantha said the family relied on getting on with their routine, so they wouldn’t ‘fall apart completely’.
‘Like anyone else in my situation, I just kept going. You have to deal with it, because you have no choice.’
The couple have three other children – Nancy, born in 2004; Arthur, born in 2006; and Florence, born in 2010.
In the same interview, Samantha also talked about trying to lead a normal family life at number 10.
‘We tried to make the flat feel like a home. Dave would be combing the children’s hair for nits before giving a speech in the evening’, she said.
She revealed they had to get their groceries delivered because there were no supermarkets near them, and if she forget something she’d have to run to the closest shop in Trafalgar Square – one of London’s busiest areas.