Billie has sent her Essex pal a sweet tribute

After her emotional appearance on This Morning on Thursday, Ferne McCann has been flooded with support from fans.

The pregnant TOWIE star returned to our telly screens for the first time since her ex-boyfriend and father of her unborn child, Arthur Collins was charged with 15 offences relating to an acid attack in a London club last month.

And while viewers rushed to social media to praise the 26-year-old for her bravery and honesty during the show, Ferne’s pal and former co-star, Billie Faiers also paid tribute to the Essex lady with an adorable throwback snap.

Gushing over her best mate, 27-year-old Billie shared a cute photo of Ferne kissing her belly on holiday during her pregnancy with second child, Arthur.

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Alongside the cute pic, Billie wrote: ‘A little #throwback … I’m very proud of you for today @fernemccann … And so excited for you to join the mummy club …’

Before adding: ‘I cannot wait to share this amazing journey with you … lots of wonderful times to come with our babies … love you lots #bestfriends’.

How sweet is that?

And loads of Billy’s followers clearly agreed as one wrote: ‘Ah that’s so sweet. You have good support around you @fernemccann xx’.

Another said: ‘This is beautiful @fernemccann you’ll be a fab mummy and you have great friends in @billiefaiersofficial @samanthafaiers. Will be lovely to see you all with your babies. Proper yummy mummy gang’.

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While a third agreed: ‘True friendship is hard to find and keep so pleased for u both please stay true to each other and being there for each other when it matters is something u remember in years to come who u had around u when life challenges you I have everything crossed for u both’.

Billy’s message of support comes after Ferne broke down during her TV appearance, talking to hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby about her new life as a single mum.

Ferne opened up about her journey as an expectant single mum (Photo by Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Despite admitting the situation had been a huge shock, the Celebs Go Dating star went on to thank the public for their kind words as she confessed: ‘The public have been so amazing and supportive. That’s what’s got me through. Reading through the private messages on Instagram has been so touching and humbling.

‘That is what I’m so grateful for, everyone’s words, from single mothers, single fathers, people who have followed my career to people who have never seen me on TV.’

We’re with you every step of the way, Ferne!