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Mario Falcone has opened up on his close relationship with Giovanna Fletcher, explaining she "literally saved his life" after his suicide attempt.
The 32 year old, who recently broke his silence on a mystery operation following pictures of him on a hospital bed, said the I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! star knew exactly what to do eight years ago as he was going through a difficult period.
Mario previously spoke out about his attempt to take his own life in an exclusive interview with OK! online as he said he took an "overdose with alcohol" after being portrayed in a negative light on TOWIE, ultimately ending his relationship with then-fiancée Lucy Mecklenburgh.
He woke up the next morning to find he'd been sick and immediately vowed to get help.
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Speaking to MirrorOnline, the star credited his 35 year old sister for saving his life as he said: “People might not know this but Giovanna quite literally saved my life when I was at my lowest ebb.
“I was having a really difficult time eight years ago going through a very public break-up. I was getting a lot of hate on social media and felt really backed into a corner – like this was the only way out.
"Giovanna was amazing – unbelievable. It was clear she was very shocked and upset. But in a crisis, she goes into super organised mode."
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The star went on to explain how Giovanna, who has a "secret signal' she sends to her children, set up a few counselling sessions to get him back on the right track.
He continued: “She knew exactly what I needed to do and where I needed to go. She fixed up four days of counselling with a Harley Street doctor in London at the start and ten further appointments over the weeks.
“That really turned things around for me. She encouraged me to talk to people and not keep things bottled up. That saved my life – without any doubt.”
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Following his split from Lucy, Mario went on to find love with make-up artist Becky Miesner and the pair welcomed a son, Parker Jax, in November 2018. However, soon after their son's birth they found themselves bickering as their tot wouldn't sleep through the night.
Giovanna, who shares children Buzz, six, Buddy, four, and Max, two, with Tom Fletcher, once again stepped up to help her brother through it.
Mario said: “When you first have a child you have this vision that it’s going to bring you closer and make you stronger. I think the opposite – the child is going to push you both to breaking point.
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“Giovanna’s advice saved our relationship in those early days. She said to me ‘anything said in anger between 10 at night and six in the morning doesn’t count.’
“She took me under her wing. She said you have to be a team. You don’t realise as a guy how much your partner goes through growing the baby inside them, to giving birth, to postnatal depression.
"She literally told me the right things to say and do. Without that advice it really would have pushed Becky and me to the brink, so it saved us.”
If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.
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