Nikki Grahame’s mum feared her GoFundMe page would be seen as ‘attention seeking’

Nikki Grahame: Big Brother star dies aged 38

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Mum of late Big Brother star Nikki Grahame said she was worried about the GoFundMe page set up to pay for her daughter’s anorexia treatment in case it led to her being “attacked” and branded “attention seeking.” It has been confirmed today that the Big Brother star died aged 38 following a life-long battle with anorexia. In a heartbreaking interview with This Morning presenters Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield at the end of March, Susan spoke about how her daughter’s condition had been exacerbated by lockdown.

The thing that worried me was that if this appeal went out Nikki might come in for attack

Susan Grahame

Nikki’s mum candidly discussed her daughter’s battle with the eating disorder that she had lived with since childhood.

Speaking to Holly and Phil, Susan addressed the GoFundMe page that was started by Nikki’s close friends, revealing that she had “worries” about the page.

She said: “It was run by me a day or two before by Nikki’s friend and I was apprehensive because first of all we were desperate because we hadn’t had much luck with the NHS.”

The star’s mum went on to say that she was worried the fundraiser would make her daughter a target for abuse.

She continued: “We were getting to the point where we didn’t know what to do, but the thing that worried me was that if this appeal went out Nikki might come in for attack.”

Susan continued that she was hesitant in case her daughter was branded “attention seeking.”

She told Holly and Phil: “People saying it’s whatever – attention seeking, because people can be really nasty and she doesn’t need that.”

Following the fundraising page, Nikki’s mum revealed that her daughter asked her to thank the public for their generosity.

She said: “I spoke to Nikki this morning, she said, ‘Mum, please stress how overwhelmed I am at people’s kindness towards me, I just don’t get it but I am so grateful’.

“She said, also ‘Tell everybody that I will try my level best this item to beat this, I want to get my life back.'”

The GoFundMe page raised nearly £70,000 for the star’s private recovery.

Tributes have flooded in for the much-loved TV personality with Big Brother presenter Davina McCall leading the way.

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She wrote: “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.”

Earlier today Nikki’s manager released a statement confirming her death.

It read: “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.”

Nikki shot to fame on the 2006 series of Big Brother.

However, the star had lived with anorexia since the age of eight and checked into a private hospital to treat her eating disorder last month.

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, seedeatingdisorders.org.uk/

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