Montana Brown lends her support to Mike Thalassitis’ Essex restaurant ahead of its weekend opening

Montana Brown paid a visit to Mike Thalassitis’ Essex restaurant ahead of its weekend launch in memory of the late reality star.  

The Love Island star, who counted the late Celebs Go Dating star as one of her BFFs, threw her support behind the project following the sad news of Mike’s death.

In cheerful spirits, the Pretty Little Thing model, 23, looked full of pride when she beamed while she admired The Skillet from the outside.

What a woman! Montana Brown looked full of pride as she lent her support to Mike Thalassitis' Essex restaurant ahead of its weekend opening in memory of the late reality star

What a woman! Montana Brown looked full of pride as she lent her support to Mike Thalassitis' Essex restaurant ahead of its weekend opening in memory of the late reality star

What a woman! Montana Brown looked full of pride as she lent her support to Mike Thalassitis’ Essex restaurant ahead of its weekend opening in memory of the late reality star

Mike’s Essex restaurant will open its doors for the first time on Saturday April 27 in memory of the late star. 

The Love Island star was tragically found dead in woodland near his Edmonton home aged 26 last month, leaving his family and friends devastated.

All the money raised on the launch weekend will be donated to mental health charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably).

Good friends: The Love Island star, who counted the late Celebs Go Dating star as one of her BFFs, threw her support behind the project following the sad news of Mike's death

Good friends: The Love Island star, who counted the late Celebs Go Dating star as one of her BFFs, threw her support behind the project following the sad news of Mike's death

Good friends: The Love Island star, who counted the late Celebs Go Dating star as one of her BFFs, threw her support behind the project following the sad news of Mike’s death

Proud: In cheerful spirits, the Pretty Little Thing model, 23, looked full of pride when she beamed while she admired The Skillet from the outside

Proud: In cheerful spirits, the Pretty Little Thing model, 23, looked full of pride when she beamed while she admired The Skillet from the outside

Proud: In cheerful spirits, the Pretty Little Thing model, 23, looked full of pride when she beamed while she admired The Skillet from the outside

Exciting: Mike's Essex restaurant will open its doors for the first time on Saturday April 27 in memory of the late star

Exciting: Mike's Essex restaurant will open its doors for the first time on Saturday April 27 in memory of the late star

Exciting: Mike’s Essex restaurant will open its doors for the first time on Saturday April 27 in memory of the late star

The mental health charity helps to bring awareness of depression in young men and develop practical resources to support those suffering. 

In a touching tribute, the reality star’s business partner Scotty Neils made the announcement on social media with a heartfelt note calling Mike his ‘brother’.

Alongside the heartwarming words, Scotty shared a black and white picture of himself with Mike to promote the opening of the restaurant.

He wrote: ‘Brother we done it… Could never have done this without you. Officially opening 27th April.’ 

Emotional: The Love Island star was tragically found dead in woodland near his Edmonton home aged 26 last month, leaving his family and friends devastated

Emotional: The Love Island star was tragically found dead in woodland near his Edmonton home aged 26 last month, leaving his family and friends devastated

Emotional: The Love Island star was tragically found dead in woodland near his Edmonton home aged 26 last month, leaving his family and friends devastated

In loving memory: Mike's Essex restaurant will open this weekend to honour late reality star, with all proceeds from the launch weekend donated to a mental health charity

In loving memory: Mike's Essex restaurant will open this weekend to honour late reality star, with all proceeds from the launch weekend donated to a mental health charity

In loving memory: Mike’s Essex restaurant will open this weekend to honour late reality star, with all proceeds from the launch weekend donated to a mental health charity

The Skillet will open on Saturday from 8am until 5pm; the Essex-based restaurant can be found on 154 High Road in Loughton, IG10 4BE.

The venue is described as a ‘modern brunch eatery’ which will feature skillet breakfasts from traditional Full English to Classic American Buttermilk Pancakes. 

Mike was lauded for working ‘extremely hard’ on the launch as a ‘passionate’ cook in a post shared on The Skillet’s official Instagram which reaches 10,000 followers.

Sad news: The Love Island star was found dead in a woodland near his Edmonton home aged 26 last month amid reports he was suffering from depression

Sad news: The Love Island star was found dead in a woodland near his Edmonton home aged 26 last month amid reports he was suffering from depression

Sad news: The Love Island star was found dead in a woodland near his Edmonton home aged 26 last month amid reports he was suffering from depression

The post read: ‘Mike worked extremely hard on this launch. He was passionate about cooking and it was his dream to one day open a restaurant. 

‘Together, we [Scotty and Mike] have created a first-rate breakfast bar we hope you will enjoy and we invite you all to come down and celebrate his love of good food.

‘Look forward to seeing you all there!’

It comes after Montana, who took a look in at the eatery ahead of its opening, vowed to be at the launch.

Support: Montana Brown, who grew close to the late star during and after their time on Love Island, vowed to be at the launch

Support: Montana Brown, who grew close to the late star during and after their time on Love Island, vowed to be at the launch

Support: Montana Brown, who grew close to the late star during and after their time on Love Island, vowed to be at the launch

With words of encouragement, the Love Island bombshell persuaded her 1,300,000 followers to join her at the opening of Mike’s restaurant.

She said: ‘The Skillet is finally opening which is very exciting. It is Mike’s café, all the detail are in the tags here.

‘It is finally completed and ready to rumble… I will be down there, I’m sure there will be some familiar faces. I cant wait for you to see the hard work him and Scott put into it.

‘Mike worked so hard on The Skillet. It was his little project; he loves cooking and he’s very good at cooking.’ 

The initiative comes after Mike’s family launched a Just Giving page to raise money for the same mental health charity, Campaign Against Living Miserably. 

Important cause: The initiative comes after Mike's family launched a Just Giving page to raise money for the same mental health charity, Campaign Against Living Miserably

Important cause: The initiative comes after Mike's family launched a Just Giving page to raise money for the same mental health charity, Campaign Against Living Miserably

Important cause: The initiative comes after Mike’s family launched a Just Giving page to raise money for the same mental health charity, Campaign Against Living Miserably

Shortly after his funeral, which was held in north London, his aunt Francesca Goldsmid launched the page alongside a lengthy statement which quashed claims the star, who passed away age 26, had been struggling financially.

While many reports have circulated regarding the reasons behind the tragedy, a prevalent claim has been that Mike was battling money woes, after his friend Montana Brown announced he had ‘a massive tax bill’.

Friends, family and fellow reality TV stars descended upon Christ Church in Southgate to honour the tragic star.

In memory: Shortly after his funeral, which was held in north London, his aunt Francesca Goldsmid launched the page alongside a lengthy statement which quashed claims the star, who passed away age 26, had been struggling financially

In memory: Shortly after his funeral, which was held in north London, his aunt Francesca Goldsmid launched the page alongside a lengthy statement which quashed claims the star, who passed away age 26, had been struggling financially

In memory: Shortly after his funeral, which was held in north London, his aunt Francesca Goldsmid launched the page alongside a lengthy statement which quashed claims the star, who passed away age 26, had been struggling financially

After a late entrance to Love Island’s second season in 2017, Mike was at the heart of the drama before departing and being propelled into the spotlight after which Montana claimed he was struggling with the trappings of fame. 

Speaking on This Morning shortly after his death, she said: ‘He didn’t really know what to do for work and he wanted to be his own boss and he didn’t know how to do that and I know he had a massive tax bill to be paid…

‘I think the stress really got to him, and he kind of thought this fame wasn’t what it was cracked up to be, where do I go now?… I don’t know if it was a spur of the moment reason. I don’t know if he had these demons he had to deal with.’

Heartache: After a late entrance to Love Island's second season in 2017, Mike was at the heart of the drama before departing and being propelled into the spotlight - after which Montana claimed he was struggling with the trappings of fame

Heartache: After a late entrance to Love Island's second season in 2017, Mike was at the heart of the drama before departing and being propelled into the spotlight - after which Montana claimed he was struggling with the trappings of fame

Heartache: After a late entrance to Love Island’s second season in 2017, Mike was at the heart of the drama before departing and being propelled into the spotlight – after which Montana claimed he was struggling with the trappings of fame 

His family: In a bid to raise awareness of the inner struggle, Francesca detailed on behalf of the family how outwardly healthy Mike seemed, both in his looks - which she explained earned him the name Greek God - and his personal life

His family: In a bid to raise awareness of the inner struggle, Francesca detailed on behalf of the family how outwardly healthy Mike seemed, both in his looks - which she explained earned him the name Greek God - and his personal life

His family: In a bid to raise awareness of the inner struggle, Francesca detailed on behalf of the family how outwardly healthy Mike seemed, both in his looks – which she explained earned him the name Greek God – and his personal life

Despite her original announcement, his family firmly quashed suggestions of financial woes as they insisted he could afford luxuries and pushed the fact he was preparing to open his Essex restaurant The Skillet. 

In a bid to raise awareness of the inner struggle, Francesca detailed on behalf of the family how outwardly healthy Mike seemed, both in his looks which she explained earned him the name Greek God and his personal life. 

She wrote: ‘Mike was loved by so many and had such a promising future ahead of him. He had a close and supportive network of friends and family, a much loved public profile, a strong pipeline of promising new business ventures and financial stability enabling him more luxuries than most.’ 

She detailed however that this did not prevent his inner battle, writing:’ Yet despite all this, and most importantly, deep down beneath the surface he was suffering from poor mental health – a dark depression that he kept very well hidden from even his closest friends and family… 

Helping others: While many reports have circulated regarding the reasons behind the tragedy, a prevalent claim has been that Mike was battling money woes, after his friend Montana Brown announced he had 'a massive tax bill'

Helping others: While many reports have circulated regarding the reasons behind the tragedy, a prevalent claim has been that Mike was battling money woes, after his friend Montana Brown announced he had 'a massive tax bill'

Helping others: While many reports have circulated regarding the reasons behind the tragedy, a prevalent claim has been that Mike was battling money woes, after his friend Montana Brown announced he had ‘a massive tax bill’

The big reveal: Speaking on This Morning shortly after his death, she said: 'He didn't really know what to do for work and he wanted to be his own boss and he didn't know how to do that and I know he had a massive tax bill to be paid'

The big reveal: Speaking on This Morning shortly after his death, she said: 'He didn't really know what to do for work and he wanted to be his own boss and he didn't know how to do that and I know he had a massive tax bill to be paid'

The big reveal: Speaking on This Morning shortly after his death, she said: ‘He didn’t really know what to do for work and he wanted to be his own boss and he didn’t know how to do that and I know he had a massive tax bill to be paid’

‘So on the 16th March, overwhelmed and exhausted by his private battle with depression, he made the tragic decision to give up the fight by ending his own life.’ 

It was later revealed that Mike was struggling to come to terms with the loss of his grandmother, who had passed away days earlier.

Dozens of mourners gathered outside Christ Church on Friday afternoon. Among those making their way into the church today include Mike’s fellow Love Islanders Zara McDermott, Ellie Brown and Samira Mighty. 

Montana delivered the eulogy at the ceremony, where she urged fellow reality stars to ‘be kinder and more genuine’ following his battle.

She stood up to give a speech about the former footballer, saying: ‘I’m looking at everyone right here and asking you to change yourself…

Pained: On Friday, friends, family and fellow reality TV stars descended upon Christ Church in Southgate to honour the tragic star who was found dead in a woodland near his Edmonton home last month

Pained: On Friday, friends, family and fellow reality TV stars descended upon Christ Church in Southgate to honour the tragic star who was found dead in a woodland near his Edmonton home last month

Pained: On Friday, friends, family and fellow reality TV stars descended upon Christ Church in Southgate to honour the tragic star who was found dead in a woodland near his Edmonton home last month

Mike’s family’s message in full 

On 16th March 2019, at the young age of 26, Mike Thalassitis sadly took his own life.

Mike was loved by so many and had such a promising future ahead of him. He had a close and supportive network of friends and family, a much loved public profile, a strong pipeline of promising new business ventures and financial stability enabling him more luxuries than most. 

Most crucially, he looked impeccably healthy from the outside (some even called him a ‘Greek God’), and when surrounded by friends and family he was full of banter and sarcasm and always had a cheeky grin plastered across his face.

Yet despite all this, and most importantly, deep down beneath the surface he was suffering from poor mental health – a dark depression that he kept very well hidden from even his closest friends and family. So on the 16th March, overwhelmed and exhausted by his private battle with depression, he made the tragic decision to give up the fight by ending his own life.

Unfortunately, Mike’s situation is not unique. In the UK, suicide is the single biggest killer of men under 45- resulting in 12 men taking their own lives every single day! These statistics are tragic, incredibly scary and heartbreaking- but most importantly they are unacceptable and need to change! 

Mike’s decision has turned our world upside down, it is impossible for us to understand or accept a life without Mike and there are no words to even begin to describe the grief, stress, sadness, shock and disbelief that we are all drowning in right now. 

That’s why we have decided to create a legacy for Mike by doing everything we can to change this heartbreaking epidemic so no family has to ever suffer like we have. But most importantly, we want to make sure that all men know where to get support and no man ever feels that suicide is his only option.

As a result, we have chosen to work closely with CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably- the leading charity combating male suicide www.thecalmzone.net) to build awareness of depression in young men, break the stigma and develop practical resources to support those suffering and already in crisis. As such, we would be so incredibly grateful for any donations towards our cause. All donations received will go towards CALM and our joint ambition to bring an end to male suicide amongst young men in the UK.

Thanks in advance for your kindness and generosity.

Mike’s Family

xx

Please note: This is the ONLY official fundraising page set up for Mike Thalassitis. For those that previously donated to the page set up by Mike’s kind friend Simon Legg, please rest assured that the funds from Simon’s page are being transferred to this family-run account in support of our work with CALM. We thank you so much for your kind generosity and support, it is truly appreciated.

 

‘Change how you live your life, change how you love your loved ones, and also change how you treat strangers…

‘I can see a lot of reality faced in the room, please do not let this pass you by. It’s so hard, the rejection, the competitiveness, the need to constantly look ok on social media.

‘So let’s learn from this. We’re all in the same boat. We all go through the same stresses. Let’s just be kinder, be nicer, more genuine, let’s check in on each other, life’s too short.’

The fundraiser is the second launched in Mike’s honour, after his best friend Simon Legg kicked off a page which garnered thousands before being shut down – however all funds are being added to the Thalassitis’ new fund.

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

Open and honest: Montana delivered the eulogy at the ceremony, where she urged fellow reality stars to 'be kinder and more genuine' following his battle'

Open and honest: Montana delivered the eulogy at the ceremony, where she urged fellow reality stars to 'be kinder and more genuine' following his battle'

Open and honest: Montana delivered the eulogy at the ceremony, where she urged fellow reality stars to ‘be kinder and more genuine’ following his battle’

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