After Tara was found dead at her London home yesterday, Ivan Massow shared a touching insight into the life of London’s original “It girl", who he described as “an unlikely friend”.
“We had to share a car all the way down to Ascot and back and I just thought she wasn’t the sort of person I thought I’d get on with because my life is so much smaller and so much simpler.”
However, they both had a common bond over their relative problems with drugs and alcohol abuse.
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson's friend Ivan Massow claimed 'It' girl was in 'dark place' before death
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson: 1971-2017
Thu, February 9, 2017
Socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, the original 90s 'It Girl' has died aged 45 after battling a brain tumour.
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At her birthday party in Mayfair in 1998.
She was facing a lot of problems and it was very hard for her to stay off the drinking
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson's friend
“I used to drink too much and other stuff,” he sighed. “I stopped ten years ago so people wanted to sit me next to her as a good influence as she was trying to stop herself. And we hit it off, it was amazing and we were inseparable, and remained close to her ever since.”
Remembering the I’m A Celebrity star in the lead up to her tragic passing, Ivan admitted it was “hard to reach her” for the past month.
He added: “She was facing a lot of problems and it was very hard for her to stay off the drinking and things, and then there was lots of surgery around her mouth and bits and pieces – her nose kept giving her problems. She was terribly conscious about that, and then there was this tumour on top so it was another worry.
“And she was never comfortable becoming an older person, it was hard for her to see herself in that role, and she was very frail.”
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson was found dead at her London home yesterday
Holly Willoughby also shared an emotional tribute to Tara Palmer-Tomkinson
Ivan then confessed: “I hadn’t seen her for over a month, and it’s been hard to reach her. With people like this, you have to sort of let go with love because you can’t badger them. Especially because I could see through her behaviour. I’d be the last person she’d call when she was sort of misbehaving.”
When asked if he thought Tara had reverted back into a “dark place”, Ivan explained: “Well I know that every time I didn’t hear from her, that’s where she was.”
Holly also shared an emotional tribute to her “incredible” friend after revealing a shocking story abut their first encounter.
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