Towie Star Yazmin Oukhellou has spoken out about the crash in her car that caused the death of her partner Jake McLean.
Oukhellou and McLean were in a relationship on and off for about four years. McLean was in his home for a long time, while McLean was at the beach in Turkey in July at the time of the crash. After having dinner in the restaurant and driving to a friend’s house Oukhellou fell asleep inside the car. When she awoke, she saw the car swerving off a rock slope. The crash wounded Oukhellou but also killed McLean.
Oukhellou talked about the terrible incident in July and in a recent interview in The Sun, she’s shared more details about how she attempted to wake McLean while the car was in ruins on the floor.
“I tried to get Jake up but he didn’t seem to be awake. I tried to sound the horn using the foot but I was unable to get it to work. It was in the middle of nowhere, therefore, shouting for help was not much help,” she said.
“I was aware that I needed the courage to leave the car , and somehow I managed to let my arm free by lifting it up with your left hand. then moving my right arm upwards and down for what seemed like forever , until I snapped it loose.”
“I was certain I could feel it in my bones that he’d disappeared.”
“They told me they were going to take him to a different hospital. They constantly assured me that they believed he was okay and alive I’m guessing it was because they didn’t want create any more stress for me.”
Oukhellou is currently taking her sabbatical in TOWIE to recuperate mentally and physically after the terrifying crash. However, while her physical injuries could be healing, her psychological injuries aren’t, because of the nature of this horrific incident.
Oukhellou claimed that online Trolls have made the situation more difficult. She’s posted several photos of smiling on Instagram and this resulted in some trolls claiming she was over the accident quickly.
“Experiencing the degree of scrutiny has been incredibly challenging. I’m not lying and saying these remarks don’t impact me because they are,” she said.
“If I’m out for dinner with my friends, individuals will comment on my posts commenting that they’ve recovered quickly. I block them immediately and they’re the ones that I’ll keep an eye on the remainder of the day and into the night. If I read the comments, I get sick.”
She added: “There’s not a day in which I don’t consider the crash. If I’m smiling in an image does not mean I’m in a happy mood inside. Spending time with those closest to me can be an time when I’m able to escape from my current reality. I am aware of how blessed I am to have made it through however, I’m feeling that some people want me to suffer, and I’m not sure the reason.
“None are aware of the events that are taking place within my own life. I’m tearing myself apart by sorrow for Jake. It is affecting me each and every moment throughout the week. Even if I eat dinner at a restaurant or visit a country abroad to help me heal process, it doesn’t alter that.”