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Imogen Thomas has opened up about how much she misses her late friend, Nikki Grahame.
Nikki, who rose to fame on Big Brother in 2006, sadly passed away on April 9 after being found unconscious at her home amid her anorexia battle.
She had been discharged from Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester less than a day earlier, and her tragic death left family, friends and fans reeling.
Nikki’s former Big Brother co-star and close friend Imogen, 38, has now revealed that she listens to Nikki’s past voice notes regularly in a bid to ‘feel close’ to her late friend after her death left a 'massive void' in her life.
During an Instagram Q&A with her followers, Imogen opened up about the loss of her friend in her life when one fan asked: “How are you coping without Nikki?”
Imogen Thomas has opened up about how much she misses her late friend, Nikki Grahame
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Responding to the difficult question, Imogen admitted that ‘still can’t believe’ Nikki is gone.
“Honestly, I still can’t believe she’s gone. I was like this when my dad passed. It’s like you don’t want to believe it,” she shared.
“I miss her so much. It’s like there’s a massive void in my life.”
The former reality TV star went on to reveal that she still keeps Nikki’s spirit very much alive by talking about her with her daughters, Ariana and Siera.
Responding to the difficult question, Imogen admitted that ‘still can’t believe’ Nikki is gone
“The girls and I always talk about her. The girls always make pictures and say ‘this is for you Nikki’.
“They always tell me that Nikki is in heaven with my daddy now. It really chokes me up.”
Imogen finished off her tear-jerking tribute to Nikki by admitting that she listens to her old voice notes to try and feel close to her again by hearing her voice.
Imogen and Nikki became close friends after appearing on Big Brother in 2007
“She is very missed. I listen to her voice notes to keep her close to me.”
After Nikki’s tragic death, Imogen told her fans that she wanted to remain silent on social media in regards to her pal.
Imogen thanked fans for all their messages and admitted she needed time to grieve.
In a heartbreaking Instagram post, she admitted that she was ‘broken’ after hearing the sad news about Nikki’s passing.
After Nikki’s tragic death, Imogen told her fans that she wanted to remain silent on social media in regards to her pal
She penned: "Thank you for all your messages. I need time to grieve over my best friend. We tried everything to beat that soul destroying illness. I'm broken.
"Please hold the ones u love close and tell them you love them. Life is too short.
"There was nothing more we could do to save Nikki… I will take some time out of social media.
Nikki tragically in April after recently being hospitalised to receive special treatment to beat an eating disorder
Imogen Thomas breaks social media silence over late pal Nikki Grahame
“I'm sorry Nik. I love you."
Nikki tragically in April after recently being hospitalised to receive special treatment to beat an eating disorder.
Her pal Leon Dee started a GoFundMe to fund private treatment after Nikki "exhausted every option" on the NHS – raising more than £70,000.
* If you’re worried about your own or someone else’s health, you can contact Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity, 365 days a year on 0808 801 0677 or beateatingdisorders.org.uk