Mario Falcone says Mick Norcross’s death hit him harder than any he’s ever experienced and 'regrets not checking on him'02/01/2021
MARIO Falcone has revealed that friend Mick Norcross's death hit him harder than any he has ever experienced.
Nightclub owner and former Towie star Mick, 57, was found dead at his Essex home on January 21, leaving the entertainment world in shock.
Speaking exclusively to The Sun, Mario, 32, said: "I've been very upset. Probably out of everybody I've ever lost this is the one that's hurt me the most, just because it was someone I really looked up to and it has come as a really big shock to me."
Mario and Mick appeared together in early series of the ITVBe show, with Mick's club Sugar Hut a major part of the programme.
"I had so much love for him and he was such a nice man," said Mario. "This has been particularly hard."
Father-of-one Mario, who has been open about his battle with depression and attempted suicide in 2012, said the tragedy gave him anxiety.
He said: "I see it as a trigger when something like that happens. I sort of go within myself, I feel like I can't breathe. I feel like something's pushing down on my chest a little bit. And that's how I felt for the first few days.
"I beat myself up about things like that [reaching out]. You can't check on everyone you know. There's people you genuinely believe are people who don't need checking in on.Mick used to post positive stuff everyday. I'm always the first person to punish myself for things like that. It's such a hard thing."
When he was at his lowest point, Mario said Mick was the only one from the show to support him.
"He reached out. He offered me someone to talk to. He cared. He was mortified when he found out I tried to take my own life.
"No one on the show reached out or gave a s**t. That just sums up the industry, in my opinion. If I see someone getting hammered on social media, I'll always check in, even if I don't know them."
Today is the start of Children's Mental Health Week, and Mario, who is dad to Parker, two, is keen to spread the word.
Unbeknown to him, Parker has actually been a great support for his dad in the past two weeks.
"I've been spending a lot of time with Parker. He has the ability to make me feel good. You always concentrate on making kids happy and they do it to you without even knowing."
The coronavirus pandemic has put a strain on families across the country as parents are forced to home school and children are separated from family and friends due to strict government rules.
As a result, Mario believes it's crucial to provide them with as positive an environment as possible.
"We try to be as happy as we possibly can around Parker. We don't want him to pick up on any negative vibes.Those older kids can definitely understand what's going on and maybe feel like a bit of a burden on their parents.
"This whole thing at the moment, there is so much scaremongering and project fear pushed onto adults, I don't think it should be that way for kids.
"Kids need to be filled with hope. They need to be told there will be better days. They will be back to school, they will see their friends."
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