Joey Essex gives heartbreaking tribute to his mum who committed suicide

Joey Essex
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Joey Essex has issued a heartbreaking tribute to his late mum who committed suicide.

Former TOWIE star Joey Essex has paid an emotional tribute to his late mum who committed suicide when he was 10 years old.

Grief is different for everyone, and the reality TV star, who is known for his fun-loving personality, opened his heart on Instagram telling fans how much he was missing his mum not being around.

He uploaded a sweet throwback snap of his mum Tina and sister Frankie together and captioned it, 'Another day to wish you happy birthday in heaven ... my heart secretly aches every day and I try my best to keep putting on this front to the world but I’m not scared or afraid anymore to say I’m heartbroken and I always will be... I’ll miss you forever.'

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He continued, 'Hurts to know deep down you was sad inside and you was smiling for us always... One day I’ll be with you again and then we can smile together. No more secrets for us both. I love you mum.'

Joey, who has been an ambassador for Child Bereavement UK since 2014, has opened up on his heartbreak on Instagram at special times throughout the year such as birthdays and Mother's Day.

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What led to Joey's mum's suicide?

Previously reported, Tina, developed an infection called candida which is a yeast infection and can cause symptoms like stomach problems, fatigue, joint pain, and depression.

His sister Frankie once revealed to The Mirror how their mum hit "rock bottom" because of the infection and how it affected her. She couldn’t eat certain foods and kept going back to the doctors for more tests but she failed to seek help for her depression.

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Heartbreakingly, Frankie recalled in 2013, “Mum hid it. It’s the silent ones, the ones who don’t speak, that you need to be worried about. She had to be strong for us and strong for my dad. She had everything she ever wanted but she didn’t know where to go in the end. If I wasn’t so young maybe I could have helped her.

“I wish there was more support for my mum. She hit rock bottom.”

The last time Joey and Frankie saw their mum was when she dropped them off at school. Later Frankie and Joey were told by their dad that their mum had died. They heard the terrible news at their nan’s house, with Chloe Sims and her mum present too. At the time they weren't told it was suicide as they were too young to understand - this is something Frankie later discovered upon finding her late mother's death certificate.

Not everyone knows what to say when someone dies. If you have been affected by suicide, you can contact the Samaritans 24 hours a day on 116 123 or visit Samaritans online for more help and advice.

Selina Maycock
Senior Entertainment Writer

Selina is currently a Senior Entertainment Writer for, formerly Senior Entertainment writer for Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life and has more than 16 years of experience in newspapers, magazines and online. She currently writes a mix of Entertainment news - including celebrity births, weddings and reality show line-ups including Strictly, Dancing On Ice and The Great British Bake Off, reporting the the latest news about the Royal kids Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet as well as Family news stories from baby names to store closures and product recall warnings. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.