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Tue, 30 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0100

The TV personality's mum recalled convincing Nikki 'there was a life to live' during trips to hospital for anorexia as a child


The TV personality’s mum recalled convincing Nikki ‘there was a life to live’ during trips to hospital for anorexia as a child

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TV star Nikki Grahame is battling an eating disorder again and has issued a rallying call to fans promising to 'get her life back'.

The Hertfordshire personality's mother spoke to Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield on This Morning about her daughter's lifelong struggle with anorexia.

Friends of the Channel 4 Big Brother icon have raised £65,000 on a fundraising page to help Nikki get the support she needs to beat the illnesses.

On ITV This Morning, Nikki's mother Sue recalled the tough times of her daughter's childhood when she had to convince her that there was a life for her out there.

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Sue remembered: "One day that sticks in my mind was Mother's Day when she must have been 7.

"We went to a restaurant for Mother's Day lunch and Nikki stood beside me.

"She wouldn't sit and she certainly didn't want to eat.

"I thought maybe she was unwell.

She was very withdrawn and then, of course, she started to lose the weight.

"That sticks in my mind and I didn't understand what was going on."

Eventually, it led to time at Great Ormond Street Hospital from an early age.

Holly told viewers that Nikki spent more time in treatment than at home or at school as a youngster.

Sue recalled one time she was with her daughter when receiving treatment.

She said: "She was only semi-conscious at the time but I jumped in under the cover and cuddled her.

"I said, 'come on Nikki, please, I promise you there is a life out there and we will make up for all of this time you've lost.

I promise you, we will have fun."

The Watford star again struggled with her eating disorder when lockdown kicked in and has needed support once more.

Sue said: "It sounds crazy but even stuff like the gyms closing.

That was important to Nikki because in order to eat she needs to know that she can exercise.

"So when they closed it was quite a worry.

And the isolation as well, she couldn't see anybody."

Nikki's mum admitted she was "apprehensive" about the fundraising campaign set up by Nikki's friends at first after five or six failed attempts for help with the NHS.

She said: "What worried me was that if this appeal went out that Nikki might be attacked.

People saying it's attention-seeking…

people can be really nasty.

"The kindness and support is overwhelming.

"I heard from Nikki this morning and she said to press how overwhelmed she is at people's kindness.

"She said also tell everybody that, 'I am going to try my level best to beat this, I am going to get my life back'."

If you or someone you know are struggling with an eating disorder, eating disorder charity Beat runs a helpline on 0808 801 0677 where you can speak to a trained professional.


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WARNING: This piece deals with themes of eating disorders that some readers may find triggering


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Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 4:08pm

By Ellen Smith

WARNING: This piece deals with themes of eating disorders that some readers may find triggering.

For a list of support available, please see the bottom of this piece.

Nikki Grahame rose to fame as one of the most memorable Big Brother contestants of all time, when she made her debut on our screens back in 2006. 

Many fans may not have realised, however, that Nikki had actually been battling anorexia before she ever stepped foot in the Big Brother house, with her illness taking hold when she was just a child. 

Now, Nikki's mum, Sue, has revealed her illness has 'spiralled' due to lockdown and, what she has heartbreakingly described as, 'terminal loneliness.' Sue now says her daughter is the illest she's ever been.

Speaking to Holly and Phil on This Morning, after a fundraiser set up by friends raised over £65,000 pounds for Nikki's treatment, Sue explained "She was suffering terminal loneliness. She felt very cut off and spending too much time on her own with not enough to think about other than food…

It all came to a grinding halt.

Also for Nikki, she would muddle herself through the year knowing she's got friends abroad and she would visit them."

Adding to her loneliness, Sue says "She spent a lot of time last year cancelling holidays."

Nikki Grahame appeared on Big Brother back in 2006.

(via Getty)

Nikki's mum also opened up about the support Nikki has received.

She said, "It's overwhelming, the kindness and support." Explaining she had spoken to her daughter before the interview, Sue shared an emotional message from Nikki, explaining "She (Nikki) said 'Mum, please stress how overwhelmed I am at people's kindness towards me.

I am so grateful and I'm going to try my level best this time to beat this."

Watch the full interview here.

via This Morning

We're sending Nikki lots of love in her recovery. 

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You can call their helpline on  01 2107906 on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday 7.30pm-9.30pm or Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm.

You can also email

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– March 30, 2021
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