Mike Thalassitis’ suicide made Montana Brown more aware about ‘superficial’ life

Mike Thalassitis’ suicide made Montana Brown more aware about ‘superficial’ life (Image: Rex/Splash)

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Montana Brown revealed that Mike Thalassitis' suicide made her more self aware about 'superficial' lifestyles.

The Love Island star appeared on the Vicky Pattison: The Secret To podcast and discussed trolling, suicide and her close pal Mike.

She discussed how 'life is too short so you have to help others' and how people in her position should use their 'social power' to make a difference.

The reality star did a eulogy at Mike's funeral and had a moment of clarity.

She told host Vicky: "I kind of stood up at the church and did a eulogy for Mike and had so many amazing things to say about him as a person and as a friend and I thought 'What do I want people to say about me?' In general, not just at my funeral."

Montana had a turning point
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"That really kind of stuck with me because people probably think I'm quite superficial and I thought 'Actually, I don't want to be known for that,'" she added.

"I want to be known as kind and I want to be known as helping others and to be thoughtful. Be just a normal human.

"That was kind of my turning point to practise self-love and bringing out who I want to be."

Love Island 2017 star Mike was sadly found dead in a park in March 2019 and an inquest ruled that the 26-year-old died by suicide after cocaine and alcohol use.

Montana became close friends with Mike after they met on the 2017 series of the ITV2 show and spent hours talking to each other on the phone.

Following his death, his co-star Montana went to visit Mike's parents to pay her respects and reflect on the life of the handsome reality TV personality alongside some of his other pals.

And during the emotional get together one of Mike's friends revealed that Mike had messaged him just hours before his death.

Montana said to The Sun : “He sent his friend a message saying, ‘Mate, I don’t think I’m going to see you anymore. I don’t think I’m going to see you ever again.’

Mike and Montana were good friends
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They met on the 2017 series of Love Island
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"And his friend did not understand – and why would you? It’s not your everyday thing that someone messages you something like that.”

The social media model recently reflected on how days before Mike's death she received a call from Mike, which upon hindsight she now thinks was his way of saying goodbye.

Speaking on the Take Flight podcast, Montana explained: "A few days before he died… he said something like, 'I'm really really grateful that you introduced me to this book [The Magic].

"I just really appreciate you and, like, you've really helped me kind of get out of this like headspace and I just can't thank you enough and I love you to bits.'

"On reflection, I do think that was him saying goodbye, because I was on the phone for just under an hour and a lot of it kind of revolved around him being grateful and him saying thank you. In hindsight it definitely was him saying goodbye."

*If you're struggling and need to talk, the Samaritans operate a free helpline open 24/7 on 116 123. Alternatively, you can email jo@samaritans.org or visit their site to find your local branch

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