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    • For confidential support call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see www.samaritans.org for details 

    Giovanna Fletcher‘s brother Mario Falcone reveals that she saved his life following a suicide attempt when he was at his lowest ebb.

    Former TOWIE star Mario, 32, says his I’m A Celebrity contestant sister, 35, came to his rescue after he tried to end his life following a painful split with his ex-fiancee Lucy Mecklenburgh.

    Speaking in a candid new interview, Mario said of Giovanna: ‘I owe her everything’ as he reflected on the dark moment in his life. 

    Life saver: Giovanna Fletcher’s brother Mario Falcone reveals that she saved his life following a suicide attempt when he was at his lowest ebb

    Mario has since turned his life around and has gone on to become a father, and says he has his big sister to thank.

    Speaking to the Sunday People, 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.’

    The reality star has previously spoken out about his suicide bid, which came in the aftermath of the breakdown of his relationship with then partner Lucy, 29, in 2012.

    Sibling love: Speaking in a candid new interview, Mario said of his I'm A Celebrity star sister Giovanna, 35: 'I owe her everything' as he reflected on the dark moment in his life

    Sibling love: Speaking in a candid new interview, Mario said of his I’m A Celebrity star sister Giovanna, 35: ‘I owe her everything’ as he reflected on the dark moment in his life

    He told how after waking up the next day, he was relieved to have thrown up and at that point vowed to seek help.

    Describing Giovanna’s intervention, Mario said that despite her ‘shock’ over his actions, she was ‘amazing’ and ‘unbelievable’ and soon leapt into action to help her brother. 

    The author and podcaster set up four days worth of counselling for Mario at a top London doctor, followed by ten additional follow-up appointments over the coming weeks.   

    Heartbroken: Former TOWIE star Mario, 32, says his sister came to his rescue after he tried to end his life following a painful split with his ex-fiancee Lucy Mecklenburgh (pictured in 2011_

    Heartbroken: Former TOWIE star Mario, 32, says his sister came to his rescue after he tried to end his life following a painful split with his ex-fiancee Lucy Mecklenburgh (pictured in 2011_

    Detailing the effect it had on him, he said: ‘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.’

    Since getting his life back on track, Mario went on to find love with make-up artist Becky Miesner in 2016.

    The couple are now engaged and share a two-year-old son, Parker Jax.

    Mario’s words comes after Giovanna revealed she once filmed a scene for TOWIE, alongside her reality star brother, but was cut out of the show.

    Saviour: Speaking to the Sunday People , he said: 'People might not know this but Giovanna quite literally saved my life when I was at my lowest ebb'

    Saviour: Speaking to the Sunday People , he said: ‘People might not know this but Giovanna quite literally saved my life when I was at my lowest ebb’

    A big help: The author and podcaster set up four days worth of counselling for Mario at a top London doctor, followed by ten additional follow-up appointments over the coming weeks'

    A big help: The author and podcaster set up four days worth of counselling for Mario at a top London doctor, followed by ten additional follow-up appointments over the coming weeks’

    The writer and podcaster recounted the story during Saturday night’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

    ‘They talked me into being part of the scene. They really had to talk me into it,’ she told campmate Shane Richie of her reluctant decision to take part.

    ‘It was a massive thing for me to say I’ll do it. And then I got cut. I was more upset about being cut. I am not TOWIE enough!’ 

    Praise: Detailing the effect it had on him, he said: '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'

    Praise: Detailing the effect it had on him, he said: ‘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’

    Happy: Since getting his life back on track, Mario went on to find love with make-up artist Becky Miesner in 2016. The couple are now engaged and share a two-year-old son, Parker Jax

    Happy: Since getting his life back on track, Mario went on to find love with make-up artist Becky Miesner in 2016. The couple are now engaged and share a two-year-old son, Parker Jax

    While Giovanna has been in the Welsh castle, little brother Mario has been sure to continue supporting her despite being admitted to hospital. 

    Posting to Instagram stories on Wednesday, Mario shared a video taken from his sick bed, watching the endurance reality show.

    With Giovanna on the screen taking on a task, he captioned the post: ‘Watching from my hospital bed!’

    He shared another snap giving a thumbs down, his hand with a drip in it.

    The TV Personality, who was recovering from a hernia operation, captioned this: ‘Feel like poo but get to go home soon!’

    For confidential support call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see www.samaritans.org for details. 

    Laid up: Posting to Instagram stories on Wednesday, TOWIE star Mario shared a video taken from his sick bed, watching the most recent episode of the endurance reality show

    Laid up: Posting to Instagram stories on Wednesday, TOWIE star Mario shared a video taken from his sick bed, watching the most recent episode of the endurance reality show

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