Felicite Tomlinson’s friends think her drastic dieting and exercising may have contributed to her premature cardiac arrest at the age of only 18.
The 18-year-old was found dead in her London apartment on Wednesday. Her friends say her issues started after her mother, Johannah Deakin, passed away from cancer two years ago at the age of only 43. She went from a “happy, confident, bubbly girl” to a “diet and exercise driven introvert”.
The star lost a worrying amount of weight in the last two weeks as was visible on her social media page. A friend told The Mirror, “Félicité was happy, confident and bubbly. The world was at her feet. Then I remember her telling me that her mum wasn’t well. I’d do my best to cheer her up. We’d go to pubs and clubs. She looked older than her years but never used her name to get anywhere. Then her mum died and she was never really the same. She really went into herself. ”
Former One Direction member Louis Tomlinson’s little sister was determined to become a fashion designer. She moved from Doncaster to London to build her social media and get into university to study her passion.
The source added, “When her mum died she really went into herself. She was never really the same. She started going out more but closed off her inner circle. I still saw her often but she was closed off. It seemed like she’d shut down her trust. She was very close to her mum. It was such a shock to her she was such a young girl,” she added. Everyone looks after Félicité and Lottie and Louis as well. They all just went into themselves. [Félicité] opened up her career to try and distract herself from what was really going on.”
The source also said that her weight loss had been chalked down to social media pressures by those around her, saying, “Everyone noticed the weight loss but we put that down to exercise and strict diet because she wanted to move her Instagram forward so we all put it down to that. We thought she’d just taken it a bit too far. We’d ask her ‘are you OK? We know everything can get a bit much. Her mum had died and it put her under the spotlight so we put it down to the pressure and stress.”
The source added, “She had one of those figures where if she lost weight it was quite noticeable. Because she’s quite an hourglass girl. When she lost the weight it was noticeable. With the figure that she naturally had if she was exercising and dieting it’s going to be noticeable. ”
Paying tribute to her personality, her friend said, “It was a shock to hear she had died. She was someone that was so lovely and bubbly and happy and you don’t expect to lose someone like that. She was a lovely gorgeous girl. The kind of person where if you were ever a bit sad she’d come and pick you up and make sure you were OK. She was more focused on other people than herself. She’d sooner check on you than check on herself. She was the type of person that was there for everyone. She was always such a loving and giving person.”
May she rest in peace.