Love Island 2016 star Sophie Gradon is said to have “taken her own life” after battling depression and anxiety.
And her boyfriend Aaron Armstrong, who announced the tragic news of her death yesterday, shared a heartbreaking message about mental health following her “suicide”.
Taking to his open Facebook account Aaron posted a black and white photo of himself with Sophie and shared it just one day after the tragic news of her death was announced.
On top of the snap a message reads: “It’s not easy, but #It’sOkayToTalk.”
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.
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]
“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.”
The 32-year-old model was dating boyfriend Aaron Armstrong at the time of her death, who tragically broke the news on Facebook that she had passed away.
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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