Nikki Grahame died last week aged 38 after her health worsened. The reality star is believed to have been in hospital for three weeks before her death. In 2018, the Big Brother contestant supported Duncan James, 43, in the stage show Chicago, which he had been performing in.
Recalling their meeting, he said he grew concerned about her appearance and encouraged her to eat.
He said: “She looked so thin then. I said, ‘You need to eat. Why are you so thin?’
“And she said, ‘Oh stop nagging me!’ I said, ‘No, you’ve got to start to eat.’ And she said, ‘I’ve been battling this for years’.”
The Blue star added he wished he had known that Nikki was in hospital before her death.
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“We have exhausted every avenue possible, and now Nik is unfortunately in a very bad way, this is now our last hope,” they continued.
The initial target for private treatment funds was £50,000 and over £65,000 was raised.
Nikki’s mum Susan had discussed her daughter’s health battle on This Morning back in March.
She said: “With Covid, it sounds crazy but stuff like gyms closing impacted her.
“In order for her to eat she needs to know she can exercise, so when they closed it was quite a worry, the isolation as well.
“I asked her if she would come and stay with me but she said she needs to be in her home.”
Susan went on to say Nikki had also been suffering from loneliness due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
If you’re worried about your health or the health of somebody else, you can contact SEED eating disorder support service on 01482 718130 or on their website, https://seedeatingdisorders.org.uk/