Louis Tomlinson's sister Lottie turned to him after mum and sister's deaths as she warns grief sends you to 'dark place'
LOUIS Tomlinson's sister Lottie has turned to him for support after their mum and sister's deaths – as she warns grief sends you to a "dark place".
The 21-year-old has spoken out about her family tragedies after becoming an ambassador for Sue Ryder.
She hopes to encourage more people to seek help with their grief and raise awareness of the online counselling service provided by the charity.
"Louis is good. He's very supportive," said Lottie on Lorraine Kelly's ITV show today.
"I feel good now, it really helps me with my coping to raise awareness about things like this.
"I feel like I've got to a good point with my grief, so to be able to pass that on to people helps me with my grief.
"Grieving in lockdown will be so hard, so it's a really important time now.
"I want to use my platform to let people know about Sue Ryder's services.
"Some try to deal with it themselves, but it's really important that you don't go through these things alone.
"That's how you can get yourself in a dark place. It just ends up getting built up inside you and eventually you're going to explode."
The Tomlinson family has been besieged by tragedy as they faced the devastating loss of 18-year-old Felicite just two years after the death of their "diamond" mum Johannah Deakin.
Midwife Johannah died of leukaemia in December 2016, at the age of 43.
Felicite accidentally overdosed on a “perfect storm” of cocaine, Xanax and oxycodone.
Lottie: "[Mum's death] was really fast so we didn't have time to process it.
"She was the best, she did everything for us, she was the sweetest, kindest woman."
Talking about how she coped with grief when she was hit with the double tragedy, Lottie added: "I was able to deal with it a lot better with my sister as had already dealt with it.
"I had picked up good coping mechanisms and also got extra help when my sister died instead of when my mum died.
"That's why I want to bring awareness to what Sue Ryder does. It does really help with the grieving process to go and see someone to talk to and be more open about it.
"It's amazing what Sue Ryder does – you can get online sessions with a counsellor. It's amazing what they can offer. A lot of people can't afford help, but you can get it for free."
Thanking fans for their support in the aftermath, Lottie said: "They've always been so kind to us, it's been like an extended family."
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