Killed YouTube Star's Boyfriend Fights Back Tears In Heartbreaking Video
The partner of YouTube star Emily Hartridge has shared an emotional message on social media just days after she was killed while riding an electric scooter.
Hartridge, best known for her '10 Reasons Why' YouTube series, died after colliding with a truck near her home in Battersea, South London on Friday.
She was the first person in Britain to die while riding an electric scooter.
A message posted to her Instagram on Saturday confirmed the news.
"This is a horrible thing to have to say over Instagram," the post read, "but we know many of you were expecting to see Emily today and this is the only way to contact you all at once."
After days of silence, her partner Jacob Hazell opened up with an emotional video posted to Instagram on Monday night.
In it he thanks his fans for their support and pays tribute to his late partner.
"I wanted to let people know I am fine," Hazell said as he fought back tears. "I love you all, I love Emily and I really appreciate all the support".
"Emily was the person who encouraged me to talk about how I was feeling so I wanted to put a video out there because it seems the easiest way to say thank you and let people know I'm okay," he continued.
He also opened up about Hartridge's support system, praising her "three amazing sisters and two amazing parents," saying all had been "fantastic," in the wake of the accident.
Weeks before her death, Hazell posted an emotional tribute to his late partner on Instagram.
In it, he described how meeting Hartridge helped him with his mental health struggles, and pulled him back on his feet, igniting his love of fitness.
"Emily you are THE most down to earth, inspiring, and beautiful person, inside and out that I’ve ever met," he wrote.
I had got used to going through the ups and downs of life on my own and was pretty much ready to continue to do that for good. What a nice change it’s been having someone to share it all with," he said.
In March, Hartridge explained that she didn't want to miss out on her chance of motherhood, so instead decided to freeze her eggs.
“After spending eight years being let down, ghosted and lied to by hopeless men on dating apps, I refused to miss my chance at motherhood," she wrote in The Sun.
Months after the decision was made, she met Hazell.
“I had another round of egg freezing in February this year and am due to have my final one in June. It’s early days for me and Jake, so we haven’t discussed having kids yet, but hopefully, in the next few years, I might have a child," she said.
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Hartridge, who has more than 340,000 subscribers on YouTube and 60,000 Instagram followers, built up her huge following, posting videos and write-ups about health, lifestyle and mental health over the past seven years.