BIG Brother star Nikki Grahame died at the age of 38 after a long battle with anorexia, on April 9, 2021.
Her 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.
Who is Nikki Grahame's ex-boyfriend Pete Bennett?
Pete Bennett was born in March 1982 in London.
He became known after winning the seventh series of the Channel 4 reality series Big Brother in 2006.
Pete, who has Tourette's syndrome, won over the hearts of the nation when he entered the house.
He went on to win the hefty £100,000 prize fund, which he recently admitted went on "bailiffs, the tax man, drugs".
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Pete has been open about his drug addiction in the past, and in 2015 he decided to broadcast his struggles on Jeremy Kyle.
Fifteen years after the show, Pete has now swapped his quirky style for a sophisticated new look.
How long were Nikki Grahame and Pete Bennett dating?
The pair got together on the show back in 2006.
The pair 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?"
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Pete ended their relationship after a month but they remainedon 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 …
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"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."
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