Mike Thalassitis’ former manger has opened up on his tragic death, revealing that his ex girlfriend Megan McKenna was “the first person he ever loved”.
The Love Island star was tragically found dead in woodland near his north London home on 15 March, with ex Megan revealing she was “in complete shock” and “trying to come to terms” with the tragedy.
Dave Read, owner of Neon Management and Mike’s manager since he found fame in the ITV2 villa, has explained that the 26-year-old took his split from Megan particularly hard after ending their eight-month-long romance.
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Speaking to new! magazine, Dave explained: “I don’t want to pretend I know all of Mike’s medical history, because I don’t. But I will say that he was very down after he split from Megan McKenna.
“He openly admitted that he had really fallen for her. She was his first proper girlfriend and, although he’d dated other people in the past, it was the first time he’d fallen in love.”
He added: “The break-up hit him really hard and he was down for a few months. He was very open about how he was feeling, telling me he was struggling with his emotions and we spoke about it on numerous occasions.”
[Nick Thalassitis/Instagram ]
“He was quieter than usual and I suggested he needed to see someone to get some help. While he didn’t confide in me about counselling, he had obviously spoken to Montana [Brown] as she later revealed he’d gone to therapy.”
The couple had dated from January last year before splitting in late July, with Megan putting the breakup down to being “two different people”.
She told OK! magazine: “I can’t even say why we split. I just feel like we’re both at different points in our lives. We both respect each other and we didn’t want it to get nasty or messy. There is only so much you can do in a relationship and when it’s not working you’ve got to take separate routes.”
[Megan McKenna/Instagram ]
Just one week before his tragic death, Megan broke down in tears on Celebs Go Dating when asked about her relationship history and discussing her romance with Mike.
She told the dating agents on the show: “I think my last relationship, I was kind of… I think I definitely fell in love. I don’t really want to talk about it, sorry. But I feel that’s all I want, I want that love back.”
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