Nikki Grahame: Big Brother star’s ex Pete Bennett ‘still cuddling’ her weeks before death

Nikki Grahame: Big Brother star dies aged 38

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Big Brother stars Nikki Grahame and ex-boyfriend Pete Bennett spent time together just weeks before she died. Nikki, died aged 38 on Friday morning after her battle with anorexia worsened.

Visiting my Nikki and still cuddling to this day

Pete Bennett

The reality television personality, born Nicola Rachele-Beth Grahame found fame after entering the Big Brother house back in 2006.

During her time in the Borehamwood house, Nikki found love and comfort with fellow housemate, Pete Bennett, 39.

It was during this that Nikki became a household name for her Diary Room outburst over new housemate, Susie Verrico, screaming: “Who is she?” repeatedly.

The pair sadly split just a month later, but remained fond friends with Nikki saying: “I’ll always be fond of Pete.”

Pete and Nikki’s bond lasted until the tragic end of her life, with the former flames spending time together just three weeks ago.

Over recent months, Nikki’s health rapidly deteriorated following her ongoing battle with anorexia nervosa.

Friends and family for the star rallied around to raise funds for her to be treated at a specialist anorexia clinic.

Sadly, Nikki lost her battle and died on Friday morning.

A spokesperson for Nikki told Express.co.uk: “It is with immeasurable sadness that Nikki Grahame passed away in the early hours of Friday 9th April 2021. 

“Please respect the privacy of Nikki’s friends and family at this tragic and difficult time.”

Just shy of a month before her death, Pete took to social media to share a picture of himself and Nikki cuddling in her home.

Pete captioned the picture, that Express.co.uk are choosing not to share: “Pete and Nikki March 2021, visiting my Nikki and still cuddling to this day :).”

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He added: “Remember the fundraiser to help get her into a specialist anorexia clinic is in my bio! #savenikkigrahame.”

At the time of publication, Pete hasn’t shared a public tribute to Nikki.

Since the heartbreaking news of her death, Big Brother stars have taken to social media to share their condolences to Nikki’s family and friends.

The official Twitter page for Big Brother shared: “Nikki Grahame was a much-loved housemate and a huge part of the Big Brother family.

“We are shocked and saddened by this awful news and our thoughts are with her family.”

Davina McCall tweeted: “I am so desperately sad to hear about Nikki Graham x my thoughts are with her friends and family xx she really was the funniest, most bubbly sweetest girl x.”

Long-term friend and Big Brother co-star Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace added: “Just come home. Tell us this isn’t real I LOVE YOU SO MUCH PLEASE COME HOME.

“I will forever protect you, forever love you, forever miss you…. rest my angel…. no more pain… you was THE ONE AND ONLY… THEY CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM YOU…. your fave song… May you always live on.”

Celebrity Big Brother stars Jedward said via Twitter: “Rip Nikki Grahame as fellow Big brother contestants we’ve gone through the same experience and having met you on tv shows! our heart goes out to your family and friends.”

Nikki had been open about her battle with anorexia since finding fame on the show.

The star’s condition meant she had spent more time in eating disorder units than at home and school from ages eight to 16.

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

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