Chanelle Hayes paid tribute to Nikki Grahame and said she was ‘such a character’ (Picture: @chanellejhayes, Instagram, Rex)
Chanelle Hayes has apologised for sharing an ‘inappropriate’ weight loss post hours after Nikki Grahame died.
Big Brother star Nikki died on Friday at the age of 38 after battling anorexia. She had entered a facility three weeks before for treatment with her eating disorder.
On Saturday, a post appeared on Chanelle’s Instagram page regarding weight loss but she revealed it had been scheduled to publish before she learned of Nikki’s death and was a case of unfortunate timing.
Apologising for the post, the ex Big Brother star explained: ‘Guys I have just deleted a post that was pre-planned and scheduled.
‘I have immediately deleted it because I know the sad sad news about Nikki and I feel it was completely inappropriate, even though unintentional.’
Chanelle went on to pay tribute to Nikki and said: ‘I met Nikki on several occasions and she always had me in stitches, such a character.
‘The news is utterly horrid, and I find it terrifying that anorexia and other eating disorders have such power over people.
Chanelle said the weight loss post was ‘unintentional’ (Picture: @chanellejhayes, Instagram)
‘Sending love to all Nikki’s friend and family at this horrible time.’
Nikki’s family and friends announced her death on Saturday evening with an update on the GoFundMe page which was used to raise money for her clinic treatment.
‘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,’ they said.
‘We would like to request privacy at this difficult time, while Nikki’s friends and family process the sad news.
Nikki had battled anorexia (Picture: PA)
‘Full details will be released as and when we know them.All donations have been greatly appreciated and it was heartwarming for everyone including Nikki to see how much she was loved.’
More than £65,000 was raised towards Nikki’s treatment last month and the family are working with GoFundMe to now allocate the money to an eating disorder charity, while also offering refunds to those who wish to request one.
Tributes have poured in for Nikki with Davina McCall tweeting: ‘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.’
Rylan Clark-Neal said: ‘Thinking of Susan and Nikki’s close friends and family. A Big Brother Icon x.’
Nikki’s former Big Brother housemate and ex-boyfriend Pete Bennett also paid tribute and said he was glad she ‘isn’t suffering anymore’.
If you suspect you, a family member or friend has an eating disorder, contact Beat on 0808 801 0677 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, for information and advice on the best way to get appropriate treatment
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