Nikki Grahame ‘s former Big Brother co-star Imogen Thomas has insisted the troubled star was “never alone” as her closest friends took turns to stay with her.
The telly star passed away last week aged 38 after a long battle with an eating disorder, leaving her friends and family devastated.
It had been reported that Nikki struggled to cope with lockdown, with her mum Sue admitting her daughter suffered from “terminal loneliness”.
Since her passing, Imogen has now spoken out to reveal Nikki’s group of friends took turns to stay with her to make sure she was never left on her own.
In a poignant post on Instagram, Imogen wrote: “I’ve had to come on here to clarify something.
“After seeing numerous interviews, I want to stress that our beloved Nik was never alone.
“Myself, [pals] Leon and Carly alternated days to make sure of this. I also want to stress that Nikki’s lovely mum Sue was by Nikki’s side continuously.”
Imogen starred in Big Brother seven alongside Nikki and they remained close friends in the years after the show.
After the sad news of Nikki’s death broke, Imogen thanked fans for all their messages and admitted she needed time to grieve.
She wrote: “Thank you for all your messages. I need time to grieve over my best friend. We tried everything to beat that soul destroying illness. I’m broken.
“Please hold the ones u love close and tell them you love them. Life is too short.
“There was nothing more we could do to save Nikki… I will take some time out of social media.
“Thank you again for your messages… Nik would be so touched. I’m sorry Nik. I love you.”
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Nikki tragically died last Friday after recently being hospitalised to receive special treatment to beat an eating disorder.
Her pal Leon Dee started a GoFundMe to fund private treatment after Nikki “exhausted every option” on the NHS – raising more than £69,000.