Nikki Grahame's ex Pete Bennett breaks down in tears as he couldn't save the Big Brother star in video tribute

NIKKI Grahame's ex boyfriend Pete Bennett broke down in tears during a heartbreaking video to the late star.

Former Big Brother star Nikki died on Friday at the age of 38 after a long battle with anorexia.

Following the devastating news, Pete took to social media to pay his respects to the much-loved star.

The pair got together on the Channel 4 reality series back in 2006, which also propelled them both to fame.

Pete started the clip as he thanked everyone for their "heartwarming" support and donations.

He went on: "I thought to myself yeah we could save her, but we couldn’t. But it’s okay she’s in a good place and she’s not suffering anymore.

"So I’d just like to raise a f***ing glass, or bottle of wine more like, for Nikki Grahame."

The reality star began to sob as he continued the post.

Pete added: "All the love from us at Big Brother Seven, we really love you Nikki and you were a true winner man, you were really great, you f***ing rocked it babes. Just want to say we’ll miss you babe. See you later Nikki."

Captioning the clip, he wrote: "R.I.P Nikki. Thank you for Carly Cunningham and Leon for starting the amazing Nikki fundraiser, sadly earlier today I found out she just passed away from anorexia.

"I'm gutted, we have lost a true character, my bb7 posse feel like we’ve lost a family member, our series just wouldn’t of been the same without her!

"Even through our ups and downs we have still remained close through the years, and it was so nice to visit again recently with my girlfriend, sing Kate Bush songs and have fun like the good old days! I’m just sad that it was the last song we ever sang."

Pete concluded: "Thank you for the memories my friend , you will sorely be missed,I hope you’re not hurting anymore and finally at peace. I’ll see you in heaven Nikki. Lots of love Pete Xxx."

The post was flooded with messages of support for Pete.


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The pair famously had a brief romance during the show.

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 said at the time: "I hated it when I realised I was falling in love with Pete Bennett. It was never meant to be. But I loved him at the time. Truly, it was special."

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