Alexandra Burke won The X Factor in 2008

Alexandra Burke has written an emotional Tweet that appears to be a message of support for ex-boyfriend Jermain Defoe.

Footballer Jermain's father Jimmy died after a long battle with cancer on Wednesday night - and it seems to have had a big effect on Alexandra 23.

'When God needs his angels home, he comes calling. Life is too short.Cherish your loved ones at all times. U never know what2day will bring x,' she Tweets.

Alexandra dumped footballer Jermain after 26-year-old nurse Kirsty Crummey claimed she slept with him in March.

But it seems she's put the drama behind her to be there for Jermain, who's flown home from England's Euro 2012 training camp in Poland to be with his family.

'I want to thank the fans, my family &friends, the England boys, the FA & the manager for their support,' Tweets Jermain, 29.

'I can't tell you how much it means to me, I love you all, may God bless you.

'A special thank you to Royal Marsden's doctors & nurses who looked after my dad v.special people.'

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