Sam Thompson has paid tribute to his Celebs Go Dating co-star Mike Thalassitis after he tragically took his own life on Friday, aged 26.
The Made In Chelsea star, 26, starred alongside Mike on the dating show last year – and said while he initially judged Mike based on what he saw on Love Island, he admits he couldn’t have been more wrong about the “most polite gentleman I have ever met”.
“I wasn’t going to do a post,” Sam began to his 790,000 Instagram followers. “I don’t think for me anyway that social media is a place to grieve. It makes me sad that to the normal person in todays world, if you don’t do a post then you didn’t care.
“It makes me scared of where we as a society are heading, but i want everyone to know the kind of guy i saw in Mike. A person just died. A friend just died. Someone that i know in my heart of hearts i could have done more for.
“I met Mike on celebs go dating. I was told he was joining the show with me and my heart sank. I had heard all of the things said about this so called lothario. This c**k sure arrogant guy, who was fresh out of love island and ready to steam roll this dating show that i was so terrified to join.”
Sam went on to discuss the type of person Mike was, and how they began a friendship after meeting on the show.
“I remember the first time i laid eyes upon him,” Sam continued. “I remember the words that came to my head…f**k me he’s a greek god. I had genuinely never seen a more perfect specimen of man.
“He looked like everything i WISHED i looked like. Needless to say an already pretty insecure Sam retreated straight into his shell. That was it. Game over. This Alpha Male had come over, and knocked me for 6.”
He added: “What happened next surprised me. He came over to me, handed me a drink, apologised for not saying hello earlier, told me he was terrified and said he couldn’t wait to hang out more. I stood there rather ashamed at how badly i had just judged a book by its cover.
“Over the next few months, the shame only grew. This guy was one of the most polite gentlemen i had ever met. He had Tom bowled over in a day (tom is a very good judge of character in my opinion), and had us in stitches of laughter when he would recount his love island stories. Not once was he crass about anything that happened, or bitter about how it all ended.
“What i did see that i believe he was trying to hide when he was telling stories of how ‘muggy mike’ was born, was sadness. From what i heard, he went into this show he knew practically nothing about, late, and into a pack of Alpha males who wanted nothing more than to win, and gain all the bonuses that that entailed. It wasn’t easy for Mike in that villa.”
He finished his message by saying how “lucky” he was to have been able to meet a man like Mike.
He added: “A friend who, much like the guy I’m currently on tv with has never had trouble being the cool guy or dating women, but who was also so kind, and would pick an insecure wimp like me off the floor time and time again, and make me feel confident, and part of the gang.”
Sam concluded: ‘You are a far better man than i mate, and i will always remember you.’”
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