Danielle Lloyd 'can't stop thinking about Sophie Gradon's death' as she slams trolls in emotional Instagram post

The former Miss Great Britain, 34, revealed she was worried for her boys growing up in an increasingly online world and urged people struggling with bullies and mental health conditions to seek help.

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I can’t actually stop thinking about @sophiegradon as I mentioned yesterday mental illness is serious!! I know what it feels like to be so low and crying out for help but some people just can’t ask! I didn’t know sophie but as a past Miss GB I can imagine the trolls she has had to deal with. These keyboard warriors girls men women mums dads who thinks it’s ok to abuse other people! Well it’s not it’s disgusting and you should be ashamed! If you haven’t got anything nice to say then say nothing at all! I fear my children growing up in this world sensitive little souls I only hope that all those out there who feel down depressed or anxious can get help please call the Samaritans ❤️🌎

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I can’t actually stop thinking about @sophiegradon as I mentioned yesterday mental illness is serious!! I know what it feels like to be so low and crying out for help but some people just can’t ask! I didn’t know sophie but as a past Miss GB I can imagine the trolls she has had to deal with. These keyboard warriors girls men women mums dads who thinks it’s ok to abuse other people! Well it’s not it’s disgusting and you should be ashamed! If you haven’t got anything nice to say then say nothing at all! I fear my children growing up in this world sensitive little souls I only hope that all those out there who feel down depressed or anxious can get help please call the Samaritans ❤️🌎

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Writing on Instagram beside a picture of Sophie, who won Miss GB three years after Danielle, the mother-of-four said: "I can’t actually stop thinking about @sophiegradon as I mentioned yesterday mental illness is serious!!

"I know what it feels like to be so low and crying out for help but some people just can’t ask! I didn’t know sophie but as a past Miss GB I can imagine the trolls she has had to deal with.

"These keyboard warriors girls men women mums dads who thinks it’s ok to abuse other people! Well it’s not it’s disgusting and you should be ashamed! If you haven’t got anything nice to say then say nothing at all!

"I fear my children growing up in this world sensitive little souls I only hope that all those out there who feel down depressed or anxious can get help please call the Samaritans ❤🌎."

The Sun exclusively reported how former Love Island star Sophie was in "good spirits" in the hours before her suspected suicide.

The 32-year-old gave no impression of being unwell when she arrived to stay at her parents' home – which she had promised to house-sit while they were on holiday.

A close family friend said: "She was house-sitting for her family who had gone away on holiday.

"She had seemed in good spirits, and had offered to come over to Medburn to stay in the house while they were away.

"They had seen no cause for concern."

The close friend said Sophie's death had left her family reeling.


They said: "Her parents are understandably devastated.

"Sophie had wanted to settle down and was growing sick of the party lifestyle."

Tragically, it was devastated boyfriend Aaron Armstrong who found Sophie's body at the home near Newcastle on Wednesday afternoon.

Friends today revealed the former Miss GB had been acting as normal in the lead up to her death, even making plans for later this week.

Speaking to the Sun Online friend Michelle Thompson said Sophie had been speaking on Tuesday afternoon.

She said: "She was chatting about how they needed to arrange a date to catch up."

Michelle, who runs a beauty salon, said she had seen Sophie just two weeks ago to get her nails done before a photo shoot.

Michelle said: “She was happy.

“She came in with Aaron and they were smitten with each other.

“It was the happiest I had seen Sophie in such a long time.”

Michelle added: “Sophie would literally light up any room.

“People would flock to her with her infectious love of life. She was a gentle soul who loved everyone.”

She said Sophie had tried to confront online trolls before her death, saying: "She cared too much, I think that's why the trolls got to her. "They were so terrible so cruel constantly pushing even into the final days."


Other pals said Sophie had hidden her battles with anxiety, not giving any clues as to her internal struggles.

One friend told The Sun last night: “We all thought Sophie was the happiest she had ever been.

“She had suffered from depression and anxiety and there was talk of financial issues, which obviously adds to the worry she was enduring.

“Her friends thought she was in a great place as she was madly in love with her boyfriend and life was good.

“However a good friend died and it affected her very badly.

“She struggled to cope with it and fell into a dark place.”

Privately educated Sophie last week attended the funeral of close friend Paul Burns — a bar owner  known as Mr Newcastle — who had a heart attack at 37.


The former beauty queen, who starred in the 2016 series, appeared to have overcome a previous bout of depression.

Writing on Twitter, the reality star wrote: "Thinking back to when I became a total recluse, afraid to go out anywhere because of crippling anxiety & how different my life is now!!!

"Facing up to your fears is sometimes the hardest but most rewarding thing!!!"

She had previously spoken about her struggles with anxiety and the toll online trolls took on her.

Speaking to Radio Aire just three months ago, Sophie revealed how difficult it was to see people write hurtful comments 

The 32-year-old said: "It was very hard to deal with because you take it like you’re being judged. It can really get into your mind and really affect you.

"The harsh reality is, it can end up with that person taking their own life. And as you’ve seen in the media, that is what happens. Can you imagine being responsible for that?"

Sophie had recently messaged friends to say  “everything was going so well”  but the friend added: “That clearly wasn’t the case. This is such a massive shock.”


  • IF you are having suicidal thoughts, suffering from anxiety or depression or just want to talk, call The Samaritans on 116 123.

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