Emily Hartridge’s boyfriend Jake Hazell has spoken about the heart-wrenching way he found out about her fatal electronic scooter accident.
YouTube star Emily, 35, had been on her way to a fertility clinic when she was involved in a collision with a lorry in South London on July 12.
During an appearance on the Lorraine Show on Wednesday, Emily’s grieving boyfriend Jake, 26, explained how he found her in the aftermath of the accident.
He said: “She’s always on her phone with her work with social media. She was on the way to the fertility clinic because she was freezing her eggs… her appointment was at 9am and I didn’t hear anything after 9, 10 o’ clock. That’s odd.
“I spoke to Emily’s sisters, they hadn’t heard, she wasn’t at work. So, I thought, ‘she’s just hopefully fallen asleep in the flat’, she sleeps with her aeroplane mode on. so I thought, ‘this is all it is’.
“As I was riding my motorbike back to our flat, I found the accident. That’s unfortunately how we found out.”
Jake also told how he had only just moved in with Emily four days before her death but said he’d ‘cherish’ that time for ever.
“It was so weird, I was actually meant to move in the day she passed away, but for one reason or another – which I’m very grateful for, we decided to move in the Monday before, so I had four nights living with Emily, which I’ll cherish forever.”
Jake also praised the way Emily spoke about her battles with mental health on her social media platforms in a bid to break down the stigma.
Emily just had a gift at being able to normalise a very taboo subject. She taught me how to do it as I’ve had my own struggles with mental health. She made it through her Instagram and Youtube really relatable to so many people who would not normally have the voice or confidence to do so… that’s amazing and that’s want we want to continue to do.”
He was joined by Emily’s sister Charlotte who revealed her tattoo in honour of Emily and represent the four sisters in her family…Continue Reading