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Cathriona White's mother Brigid breaks her silence: 'If I could just hold her again, I'd never let go'

Published 12/11/2015 | 08:31

Cathriona White
Cathriona White
Cathriona White and her sister Lisa
Jim Carrey and Cathriona White Pic: Jim Carrey/Twitter

Cathriona White's mother Brigid Sweetman has broken her silence about her daughter's tragic death.

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White, who had been dating Hollywood actor Jim Carrey on and off since 2012, had been working as a makeup artist in Los Angeles and took her own life in September.

No one in her family has publicly discussed Cathriona's tragic death, but her mother said she wanted to speak on the record because she says she has been the victim of false reports and her home is being targeted by vandals as a result.

At the time of Cathriona's death, it was reported that Brigid had sent her daughter a message calling her a "failure", a claim which Brigid vehemently denies.

Jim Carrey and Cathriona White
Pic: Jim Carrey/Twitter
Jim Carrey and Cathriona White Pic: Jim Carrey/Twitter

"There's a story that has been published saying that I sent Cathriona an email on her birthday nine days before she died, calling her a failure," she told People magazine in an exclusive interview. "I don't know who would say such lies, but this is something that never, ever happened. I am devastated people would say this."

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As a result, she said her home has since been targeted by vandals with the words "Die b***h" written in white paint.

"It has made my grief 100 times worse, if that could be possible. And that's why I am putting the record straight here," she says. "I feel I have to speak out now because I am in fear in my own house. Basically, the way it is here now, I am scared to go out of the door. I would love to move out of this house but I can't afford it."

Brigid moved to England after she divorced Cathriona's father Pat. She remarried another man and Pat remarried a woman named Brid.

The makeup artist grew up in Cappawhite, Co Tipperary, with her father and stepmother, sister Lisa and brother James, as well as their half-brother Tadhg and Brid's daughters Larina and Sarah.

Brigid (50) said she "absolutely adored" her daughter and is devastated about the claims.

"I absolutely adored Cathriona, like I adore all my three children," she said. "They are my life and I'm so proud of all of them.

Cathriona White and her sister Lisa
Cathriona White and her sister Lisa

"From the moment she was born, I cherished her. Calling her a failure is never something I would ever have done. It's an awful thing to say to anyone, let alone your own child."

Sweetman was pictured leaving a note on her daughter's grave two days after she was buried, which she describes as "very personal".

"But basically, it said if I could hold her just once again, I would never let her go."

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