Nikki Grahame’s mother revealed that the Big Brother star ‘felt lost’ after her fame fell away and that lockdown was the final blow for her eating disorder.
Susan Grahame, 66, claimed her child’s 30-year battle with anorexia nervosa worsened because of coronavirus lockdowns.
The Big Brother icon died at the age of 38 on Friday – just one month after her friends started a fundraiser to pay for anorexia treatment.
Ms Grahame told The Telegraph: ‘This last year has just about floored her… From the first lockdown, it was hellish.
‘She struggled because she couldn’t go to the gym. Then in December she fell down and cracked her pelvis in two places and broke her wrist. I stayed with her for three or four weeks because she couldn’t do anything.’
Elaborating how Nikki took a turn for the worse amid the global crisis, Ms Grahame told hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on This Morning last month: ‘I think last year really put the cap on it with Covid.
‘It sounds crazy but even stuff like gyms closing, which is quite important to Nikki as she needs to know she can exercise.