Pete Bennett broke hearts when he shared the final picture of his late ex Nikki Grahame.
Many reality stars from all walks of showbiz have been paying their respects to late Nikki with photographs, memories and stories about her including her ex Pete and pal Mickey Hughes.
Pete posted his last snap with the star where they could be seen cuddling each other, just weeks before she died.
Alongside the picture, he wrote: “Pete and Nikki March 2021 visiting my nikki and still cuddling to this day :).
“Remember the fundraiser to help get her into a specialist anorexia clinic is in my bio! #savenikkig.”
Pete and Nikki remained friends throughout the years after enjoying a brief romance following their appearance on Big Brother together in 2006.
Nikki called Pete in her hour of need and he dashed to be by her side.
He told Sky News on camera: “I knew Nikki was ill in the last lockdown, she told me not to say and she was getting care. But she rang me up like, ‘Pete I’m ill, come and get me from the clinic’ and I was busy at the time.
“But then this second lockdown happens and I remember seeing that fundraiser that Carly and Leon had made, and I was like ‘my god she’s really really ill man’, so I was in London at the time and I just got in the cab and went over there with my girlfriend who’s a mental health nurse, and we just tried to give her as much love and support.
“And because it’s me, and me and Nikki had a great connection, so I thought the love that I had could boost her up and out of the darkness. This lockdown has been really hard for people with mental health issues, this has really highlighted it.”
Among the tributes, Big Brother star Mikey lamented Nikki was “treated like a commodity” when he spoke about the late reality star.
He told The Daily Record : “Nikki was 28 but behaved like an eight-year-old. She wanted to be the centre of attention and everyone thought it was hilarious, but she ended up crying all night in a fake diary room chair.
“I felt so sorry for her. Sadly she was treated like a commodity and paid for it. Nikki wanted the attention and Big Brother gave her it, but it was brutal.
“It is really very sad that she is gone. She definitely made her mark, and there will never be another Nikki Graham, but I hope that people learn from this.”
They may have both found fame on Big Brother on different series but Mikey and Nikki crossed paths through their mutual friends.
Generous people all over the UK, including her celeb pals, had donated more than £65k to help fund Nikki’s treatment at a private hospital for anorexia.
Her close pals broke the news of her death on her GoFundMe page with a sad note which divulged their hearts were broken at the tragedy.
A statement read: “It is with great sadness, we have to let you know that our dear friend Nikki passed away in the early hours of Friday 9th April.
“It breaks our hearts to know that someone who is so precious was taken from us at such a young age. Nikki not only touched the lives of millions of people, but also her friends and family who will miss her immensely.
“We would like to request privacy at this difficult time, while Nikki’s friends and family process the sad news. Full details will be released as and when we know them.”
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