The reality TV star's daughter Azaylia, who had leukemia, died in 2021
Ashley Cain is welcoming his little boy into the world.
On Thursday, the Challenge star, 33, announced on Instagram the birth of his son Aliyas Diamond Cain. Sharing a sweet photo of his baby boy, the reality TV star took a minute to reflect on his son's arrival in his caption.
"Aliyas Diamond Cain - 16.01.24, 4:32am, 9lbs 3oz," he wrote, introducing his first baby boy.
"I will love you, appreciate you, guide you and protect you with all of my heart, for the rest of my life. & you will have the most beautiful guardian angel heaven holds watching over you and protecting you too," he said, referencing his late daughter Azalyia.
"Welcome to the world my son. May your body be strong, your mind be wise, your heart be loving and your spirit be pure and truly powerful," he ended the post.
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“I got a message saying that she needed to speak to me so I went to see her and she told me she was pregnant — I can’t put into words how that felt,” Cain told the outlet.
“I believe, after having Azaylia, that I was put on this earth to be a father. And then the thought of potentially having another child after losing one was very difficult to understand for me,” he shared.
Adding, “Even though this next part of my journey is going to be hard, I truly understand that every child that comes into this world is a blessing.”
The reality TV star's daughter Azaylia, who had leukemia, died in 2021.
The Ex on the Beach alum shared the devastating news of the death of Azaylia on social media in April 2021. The 8-month-old had been diagnosed with “a very rare and aggressive form” of cancer in Oct. 2020, which returned in February 2021 following a stem-cell transplantation.
Azaylia was initially diagnosed with leukemia at just 2 months old and Cain went on to document his journey in seeking potentially life-saving treatment for his baby girl on social media, sharing regular updates with his followers.
In early April 2022, the former soccer player shared an Instagram video where he revealed that doctors had discovered cancerous tumors throughout his daughter's body and that her chemotherapy was "not working." He also explained that further treatment would no longer be possible.
Later the same month, on April 25, he and ex-girlfriend Safiyya Vorajee, Azaylia's mom, shared the devastating news that their daughter had tragically died.
"Rest In Paradise Princess 👼🏼🌈 I will always hold you in my heart until I can hold you again in heaven ❤️😢 #AzayliaDiamondCain," he wrote in his heartfelt tribute on Instagram.
Vorajee also shared an emotional message to her late daughter, writing on Instagram, "You are my Angel my heartbeat my soul, RIP my precious baby, you will always be with me like a handprint on my heart."
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