Amelle Berrabah will ''always have a connection'' with her late father.

The former Sugababes singer was left heartbroken when her dad died of cancer 14 years ago and, although she doesn't think she'll ever be able to get over her loss, she believes her hero is always watching over her and she'll continue to do all she can to make him proud in her life and career.

Speaking exclusively to BANG Showbiz, she explained: ''I've always got a connection with my father. We were very very close, no matter what I do whether I'm a house wife, working in music or I'm an actress whatever I'm doing I always just try and do it to the best of my ability.

''I obviously want to make him proud but the way he brought me up is you make yourself proud and if it's right, go with it and if you know something is wrong you, just stay away from it.

''So it's pretty simple and quite black and white especially now I've matured a lot and I have a great business and I'm doing pretty well but I know what it's like to struggle. I just try to be the best person I can possibly be.''

It took the 32-year-old singer a long time to come to terms with her dad's death but she soon realised that the easiest way to deal with the death is by focusing on all that he's taught her.

She said: ''It's definitely hard, it takes quite some time to get used to not having that person there especially if you're very close then it's a very different dynamic in your family life. But you have to move on, take it day by day, some people go through those denial stages some people cry non-stop, I feel my sort of character is that you just have to get on with it.

''I think that the healthiest mindset and I'm kind of very strong for my whole family, you just have to remember the great times, all he's taught you. I remember a lot of what he taught me as a young girl with a Moroccan Muslim family, and being the best I can be and respecting one's self and I've always had him teaching me to be a very good person with a very big heart.''