Lottie Tomlinson has shared a heartbreaking tribute for her younger sister Félicité, on what would have been her 21st birthday.
Félicité died in March 2019 from an accidental overdose of cocaine, anxiety drug Xanax and painkillers.
Lottie, 23 – who is the sister of One Direction star Louis – took to Instagram Stories on Monday to honour her sibling, sharing a glamorous photo of the pair at an event alongside a heartfelt caption.
‘Until we meet again, I will make you proud’: Lottie Tomlinson (right) paid tribute to late sister Félicité (left) on what would have been her 21st birthday, in an Instagram Stories post on Monday. Lottie, 23, shared this photo of the pair at an event alongside a heartfelt caption
‘My beautiful baby sister and best friend would have been 21 today. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss you. I miss my sister but more so I miss my friend,’ Lottie wrote.
‘You were the best person to talk to about everything. I think of what you would have been like today, what you would have been doing.
‘But instead you’re safe with Mama looking after us all from up there,’ she continued, referencing their mother Johannah Deakin who passed away in December 2016, aged 43, following a battle with leukaemia.
‘Until we meet again, I will make you proud x,’ Lottie concluded, alongside the photo that saw the pair in black ensembles and posing on the media wall at an event.
Heartfelt: Lottie also shared to Instagram a quote by Morgan Harper Nichols, which read: ‘Going through things you never thought you’d go through will only take you places you never thought you’d get to’
Lottie also shared to Instagram a quote by Morgan Harper Nichols, which read: ‘Going through things you never thought you’d go through will only take you places you never thought you’d get to.’
Last year, Lottie discussed the tragic deaths of her mother and sister and how she has ‘got to a good point’ with her grief after undergoing counselling.
Appearing on Lorraine, the social media sensation revealed therapy after Félicité’s death helped her with the grieving process.
Tragic death: Félicité (left) died in March 2019 from an accidental overdose of cocaine, anxiety drug Xanax and painkillers. Pictured with Lottie from their childhood
Discussing her mother’s death, she said: ‘It was really fast. That made it harder. We didn’t have time to get our head around things and process it. She was the best.
‘She made her whole life about us and did everything for us. She was the sweetest, kindest woman.
Lorraine asked: ‘And then three years later, your poor sister. Have you learned anything that has helped you?’
Lottie said: ‘I feel like I was able to deal with it a lot better with my sister. I had picked up a few coping mechanisms.
Brave: Last year, Lottie discussed the tragic deaths of her mother and sister on Lorraine, and how she has ‘got to a good place’ with her grief after undergoing counselling. Her mother Johannah Deakin passed away in December 2016, aged 43, following a battle with leukaemia
Missed: Johannah is pictured with Lottie’s brother Louis Tomlinson of One Direction fame in August 2015
‘I got extra help when my sister died than when my mum died. I want people to know that you can get help.
It does really help with the grieving process when you go and speak to someone.
‘A lot of people try and deal with it themselves but I think it’s important that you don’t go through it alone,’ she said.
The influencer said the support from Louis’ fans as well as Sue Ryder (the founder of a bereavement support foundation), had enabled her to manage her grief.
She said: ‘They (fans) have always been so kind to us. It’s like an extended family and having them supporting us really helped.
‘It’s amazing what Sue Ryder does, you can get six online sessions with a professional counsellor and peer to peer support. It’s amazing what they can do.
Tragic loss: Louis, 29, is pictured with sister Félicité
‘They’ve got such a different perspective on things. You can divulge about yourself.
‘Having not had therapy when my mum died compared to when my sister died, it was such a different kind of grief. I look back and think, I should have just done it the first time. It was a longer and more painful process than it was when my sister died.
‘I feel really good. I feel I’ve got to a good point with my grief and just to be able to pass that onto people really helps me with my grief.’
Lottie also praised big brother Louis, 29, for being ‘supportive.’
She added: ‘Grieving in lockdown is so hard and a lot of people are losing people at the moment. Being able to let people know about Sue Ryder’s services, it’s a really important time right now.
Discussing her mother’s death in 2016, Lottie said: ‘It was really fast. That made it harder. We didn’t have time to get our head around things and process it. She was the best’
As her ambassadorial role with the foundation was announced, she said: ‘I want to try and help people because grief can be such a scary thing.
‘You need to keep talking about it otherwise you get lost in your feelings and that can send you into a really dark place.
‘I can’t imagine how hard it’s been for people grieving during lockdown and that’s why I really want to spread the word about Sue Ryder’s free video counselling. It is so important to keep people talking about their grief so they don’t spiral.
‘I also want to help to guide people when it comes to supporting someone that is grieving because I think so many people don’t know what to say or how to act. One of the hardest things for me was people not bringing it up, it makes it even harder because you’ve lost that person and it feels like they’re fading away.’
Family: ‘Having not had therapy when my mum died compared to when my sister died, it was such a different kind of grief. I look back and think, I should have just done it the first time’ (above Johannah – front left and Félicité – middle back row)
As well as Louis and Lottie, Johannah was also mother to twins Daisy and Phoebe, 17, and twins Ernest and Doris, seven.
She was also grandmother to Louis’ son Freddie, now five.
The statement released to MailOnline following Johannah’s death read: ‘It is with immeasurable sadness that Johannah Deakin’s family said goodbye to Johannah in the early hours of Wednesday 7th December 2016.
‘Earlier this year Johannah was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of leukaemia that required immediate and continuous treatment. We respectfully request that the family are given time and space to grieve in private.’
Devastated: Félicité was found collapsed and lifeless at her fourth-floor studio apartment in Earls Court, west London in March 2019
Two years later, Félicité was found collapsed and lifeless at her fourth-floor studio apartment in Earls Court, west London.
Coroner Dr Shirley Radcliffe said at an inquest afterwards: ‘It was a perfect storm, the OxyCodone, the alpraxolam [Xanax] and cocaine. I find no evidence this was a deliberate act to end her life.’
After hearing she had turned to drugs following the tragic death of her mother, the coroner recorded a misadventure verdict.
For confidential support in the UK 24 hours a day 365 days a year, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or email [email protected]
For bereavement resources including practical and emotional advice to encourage conversations about grief, visit sueryder.org/copingwithgrief.
Branching out on her own: Lottie is a beauty entrepreneur and influencer with a 4.2million following on Instagram
LOUIS’ AGONY: STAR MOURNED THE LOSS OF MOTHER AND SISTER IN THE SPACE OF TWO YEARS
The tragic death of Louis Tomlinson’s sister Felicite aged just 18 was the second devastating blow for the family in little over two years, after his mother died of leukaemia in December 2016.
Midwife Johannah Deakin lost her battle with cancer at just 43, leaving behind Louis, Felicite and their five siblings.
Born Johannah Poulston on March 25 1973, Louis’ mother grew up in Doncaster in South Yorkshire, and worked as a midwife and a TV assistant.
Tragic loss: Louis’ mother, midwife Johannah Deakin lost her battle with cancer at just 43, in in December 2016, leaving behind Louis, Felicite and their five siblings
Johannah gave birth to Louis when she was 18, but split from his biological father Troy Austin, in 1997 when Louis was five.
She and Mark Tomlinson, whom Louis has said he considers his real dad, then had four children: Charlotte, now 20, Felicitie, 18, and twins Phoebe and Daisy, both 14.
In 2013, Johannah announced her engagement to doctor Dan Deakin and that the couple were expecting twins.
Their wedding in July 2014 saw her son as best man, while Louis’ band mates, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Niall Horan all attended.
Twins Ernest and Doris, both now five, arrived prematurely in February 2014.
Tragic: In March 2019 the family was hit by another tragedy when Felicite died of an overdose at the age of 18
In March 2019 the family was hit by another tragedy when Felicite died of an overdose at the age of 18
An inquest heard aspiring fashion designer Felicite, originally from Doncaster, fell into depression and started abusing drugs following the death of her mother.
She was found collapsed in her bed by her school friend Zainab Mohammed after they had bought and taken cocaine the night.
Siblings: Louis pictured with (L-R) sisters Felicite, Lottie, Daisy and Phoebe