‘She saved my life’: Lizzie Cundy says late boyfriend Nikki Grahame ‘helped her avoid anorexia relapse’ after divorce – amid BB Star’s 30-year struggle
Lizzie Cundy has reflected on her friendship with late girlfriend Nikki Grahame after she passed away earlier this month at the age of 38.
In a new interview, the host, 52, recalled when the Big Brother star helped her avoid a relapse of anorexia following her divorce from ex-husband Jason, amid the reality icon’s 30-year struggle with the Eating Disorder.
The presenter said: “We understood each other and she helped me. I have to say she probably saved my life in some way because when my marriage broke up it was so horrible. She was always there to help me avoid going down that road again. ‘
‘She saved my life’: Lizzie Cundy has reflected on her friendship with late girlfriend Nikki Grahame after passing away at the age of 38 earlier this month (pictured in 2011)
Former glamor model Lizzie – who first made public about her struggles in 2017 – was married to the former footballer, aged 51, from 1994 to 2012.
As she suffered from the breakup of their relationship, the TV star added new! magazine: ‘Fortunately – I got over it – although you never get over it well. But I checked and I started to enjoy food. With Nikki she could never shake it off.
‘I always thought we could save her. When my marriage broke up, I was wiggling and she looked at me and said, “ I can see you’re going down that road. ” She would shower me with compliments and was very good to me. ‘
The media personality also praised her ‘brave’ friend who ‘hated the thought of other people going through it’, admitting that she ‘should have paid more attention’ to Nikki’s condition amid the coronavirus pandemic.
‘She was so brave’: the host, 52, recalled when the Big Brother star helped her avoid a relapse of anorexia after her divorce amid the reality icon’s own struggles (pictured in 2013)
Exes: Former glamor model Lizzie – who first made public about her struggles in 2017 – was married to the former footballer, aged 51, from 1994 to 2012.
Latest Post: The TV legend admitted months earlier that she struggled to ‘deal’ with a new coronavirus blockage in what would become her final social media post
Long-term friends: Former couple Nikki and Pete Bennett, who have maintained a friendship since their split in 2006, were seen lovingly cuddling in her last photo (pictured)
Nikki had previously admitted she struggled to ‘deal’ with a new coronavirus blockage in what would become her final social media post.
Alongside a video montage of some of her infamous Big Brother house tantrums, she wrote, “My response to the second national lockdown announcement.”
In her caption, she added, ‘This not again … seriously can’t handle #lockdown # f ** kcovid19 #fml.’
The star is believed to have been released from hospital in Devon a day before her tragic death.
WHAT IS ANOREXIA?
Anorexia is a serious mental illness in which a person limits their food intake, often leaving them severely underweight.
Many also exercise excessively.
Some patients may experience periods of binge eating followed by purging.
Sufferers often have a distorted view of themselves and think they are bigger than they really are.
Left untreated, patients can lose muscle and bone strength, depression, low libido, and menstrual periods in women.
In severe cases, patients can experience heart problems and organ damage.
Behavioral symptoms of anorexia include people who say they’ve already eaten or will do it later, as well as counting calories, missing meals, hiding food, and eating slowly.
In addition to weight loss, patients may experience insomnia, constipation, bloating, feeling cold, hair loss and swelling of the hands, face and feet.
Treatment focuses on therapy and self-help groups to encourage healthy eating and coping mechanisms.
Source: Beat eating disorders
Last month, Nikki’s friends launched a fundraiser to try to raise money for specialist treatment, reaching a total of £ 65,539.
The original page read, ‘She’s been fighting most of her life and as you can see, Nikki is now doing really badly so we need to act quickly.
Over the years, Nikkis family and friends have tried so desperately to get Nikki all possible help through the NHS, but unfortunately the treatments failed and we have exhausted all avenues, and now Nik is unfortunately in a very bad way. now our last hope.
“That’s why we think her treatment in a specialized clinic is the only option left for her.”
‘Not a day goes by without missing your smile’: Nikki’s friend Leon Dee paid tribute to his late friend and revealed that the money raised on GoFundMe will be donated to charity (photo in 2017)