NIKKI Grahame had a touching final moment with her Big Brother ex Pete Bennett just weeks before her tragic death.
Nikki died on Friday at the age of 38 after a long battle with anorexia and Pete had made sure to visit his former girlfriend during her final fight.
Big Brother stars Pete Bennet and Nikki Grahame reunited just weeks before she diedCredit: instagram @petebennettuk
He shared a photo of the pair warmly embracing last month, as Nikki leant on him lovingly and Pete beamed towards the camera.
The Big Brother winner captioned the post: “Pete and Nikki March 2021 ♡ visiting my nikki and still cuddling to this day :).
“Remember the fundraiser to help get her into a specialist anorexia clinic is in my bio! #savenikkig.”
The pair got together on the show back in 2006, which also propelled them both to fame.
Their romance lasted only a monthCredit: pixel8000
But they remained friends for many yearsCredit: PA:Press Association
They had a brief romance during the show and Nikki was famed about her diary room rants about newcomer Susie Verrico where she repeatedly said: “Who is she?”
Pete ended their relationship after a month but they remained on good terms, with Nikki saying on Loose Women: “I’ll always be fond of Pete.”
In June 2020, Nikki had admitted their relationship was “never meant to be” but said she had no regrets about their romance.
She had said at the time: “I hated it when I realised I was falling in love with Pete Bennett …
Pete encouraged his fans to donate to Nikki’s GoFundMe to help pay for life saving treatmentCredit: Rex
“It was never meant to be. But I loved him at the time. Truly, it was special.”
The former couple remained friends with Nikki adding to Heat magazine: “He’s so impossible to get in touch with!
“We’re in touch via Instagram. He’s such a nomad.”
Nikki’s tragic death was announced through her GoFundme page, which had been set up by her friends in a bid to raise funds to check her into a specialist clinic.
The pair both found fame on Big Brother in 2006Credit: Avalon.red
It read: “It is with great sadness, we have to let you know that our dear friend Nikki passed away in the early hours of Friday 9th April.
“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.
“We would like to request privacy at this difficult time, while Nikki’s friends and family process the sad news.
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Following the news, tributes immediately started pouring in for Nikki from her fellow Big Brother contestants, reality stars and celebrities who had met her.
Nikki had lived with anorexia since she was nine years oldCredit: Darren Fletcher – The Sun
Her sad death comes after her haunting last Instagram post where she admitted she “seriously can’t deal” with another lockdown.
She has been fighting the illness since she was a child, and was first admitted to a psychiatric hospital at the age of 12 following a suicide bid.
At one point, Nikki had to be force fed through a nasal tube after she starved herself.
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