Nadia Essex shared a heartbreaking tribute to Mike Thalassitis after his funeral (Picture: Getty)Nadia Essex has shared a moving tribute to Mike Thalassitis, following the Love Island star’s funeral.
The 26-year-old was laid to rest at Christ Church, in Southgate, North London, three weeks after he died by suicide.
And Nadia – who grew close to the reality star during his stint on Celebs Go Dating – revealed her life would ‘never be the same’ following his death.
Taking to Instagram, the 37-year-old shared a boomerang of Mike kissing her on the cheek, with her 229k followers.
‘Sleep well my Prince. Today was harder than I could have ever imagined,’ she wrote alongside the upload.
‘Life will never be the same. Thank you for lighting up my life in every way. I will think of you often, I will love you always #ripmike.’
In a snap on her story, she also told followers: ‘Please ask someone you know is struggling if they are okay today.’
Mike took his own life on 16 March, with his body found in a North London park.
Following his death, Nadia was joined by a string of reality stars to say a final goodbye.
Love Island 2018 stars Ellie Brown, Samira Mighty and Zara McDermott were seen arriving at the service together, while Georgia Harrison and Towie’s Liam Gatsby and Rebecca Vardy were among the first to head into the church.
Amber Davies, who won the series of Love Island Mike appeared on, was also in attendance, as were Camilla Thurlow and Jamie Jewitt, and show host Caroline Flack.
Olivia Attwood was not thought to be in attendance, but shared a heartbreaking message to the star on Instagram.
Mike died by suicide aged 26 (Picture: Rex)
Montana Brown read a heartbreaking eulogy at his funeral (Picture: Splash)While Montana Brown, who grew close to Mike on the ITV2 show, prepared a touching eulogy to read on the day.
In her message, she implored her fellow reality stars to learn from the tragedy, and ‘be kinder’ to one another.
‘The whole nation was shocked by this, and this isn’t something you forget,’ the Mirror states she began.
‘I’m looking at everyone right here and asking you to change yourself, change how you live your life, change how you love your loved ones, and also change how you treat strangers.
Friends gathered to say their final goodbyes (Picture: Backgrid)‘I can see a lot of reality faced in the room, please do not let this pass you by.
‘It’s so hard, the rejection, the competitiveness, the need to constantly look okay on social media.
‘So let’s learn from this. We’re all in the same boat. We all go through the same stresses.
‘Let’s just be kinder, be nicer, more genuine, let’s check in on each other, life’s too short.’
Montana – who broke down as she made her way into the funeral – also opened up about her own relationship with Mike, after they starred alongside each other on the third series of the dating show, back in 2017.
‘Mike I truly believe you exhausted every avenue to avoid this outcome as I know you knew you were loved by so many people,’ she reportedly continued.
‘You’re kind, you’re generous, and sometimes very lairy, but that’s the Mike we all cherish and love. I know there’s people in this room who’d give anything to have you back.
‘You were so misunderstood, and I feel privileged to have been your friend…’
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