Love Island 2016 star Sophie Gradon is said to have “taken her own life” after battling depression and anxiety, with her heartbroken boyfriend Aaron Armstrong breaking the tragic news on social media.
Now, just days after her passing, her devoted boyfriend has taken to Instagram to share a stunning tribute about his late girlfriend with his 16.9k followers – saying he is “devastated” that the pair won’t grow old together.
The emotional post began: “To think I will never see your beautiful smile again haunts me.
“You are the girl of my dreams we spoke of having kids and spending the rest of our lives together.”
Sophie was just 32 when she passed away, with the nation and her fellow islanders sharing their shock at the heartbreaking news.
He added: “I’m so devastated that we will never get that chance to grow old together and raise a family.
Sophie Gradon’s ex Ashley lenco says he and Sophie were “madly in love” as he shares a series of throwback snaps [Instagram/Ashley Ienco]
“I love you will all my heart Sophie u will always be in my heart you are my angel and I know that you will be by my side everyday.”
It comes after Sophie’s family spoke out after her tragic death, with her younger sister paying tribute on social media. Click here for more information and advice regarding suicide.
Charlotte Martin posted a touching photo of Sophie cuddling her as a child as they sit on their father’s knee.
“My big sister, Sophie. I love you so much. You will never know how much I idolised you and the ground you walked on,” the stylist began to her 62,800 Instagram followers.
“Growing up I was always so immensely excited to see you and that never stopped. I’d copy your outfits growing up just to be an ounce as cool as you and talk about you nonstop.
“You were everything I wanted to be and more, the most caring and hilarious person I knew.”
Sophie has been openly honest about her battle with anxiety and depression, even speaking to fans on social media regarding her struggles.
Speaking about his former girlfriend’s battle, her ex-boyfriend Tom Powell exclusively told OK! Online: “After Love Island, me and her were together and basically lived together for two months. So I saw when she had anxiety attacks, and when she was down and had depression.
“I’ve been though it all with her, because I know she used to take medication for depression and anxiety quite often. But it would never get this far to be honest.”
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