'It's important to talk about her', model Teo Sutra breaks silence on tragic sister's death
Published 19/08/2014 | 12:51
Top model Teo Sutra has spoken for the first time about losing her younger sister Gabriella (nine) in a house fire last year.
Gabby, died in a house fire in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, last September.
Philomena O’Rourke, a close friend of the family was babysitting the little girl at the time, and also died in the fire.
"She was amazing, such a funny and kind of a hippie child," Teo described her late sister to Ryan Tubridy on 2FM.
"She was really into nature, trees and animals. I've learned from her to pay attention to beautiful things like butterflies and birds."
"She was very different to other kids."
Sutra, who is a model with First Option and based in Dublin, recalled receiving that fateful call from her mother Zara.
"I only got the call at 3am and my mum called to say, 'There's been a fire and Gabriella is gone'. I didn't understand what she meant because it was the middle of the night.
"hen she had to explain to me what had happened - the house burned down. She came back from dinner (with her friend Aidan) and the whole house was in smoke. They tried to get in and couldn't get in.
"I'm glad I wasn't there to experience that because you know there's two people upstairs trying to save them and you can't. We were told afterwards they were asleep, which was comforting in a way."
Teo, who has modelled for countless brands including Brown Thomas, Arnotts and Dunnes Stores, has adopted a rather stoical approach to her grief.
"You never know what will happen in life, God has his way for everyone and there was no way of stopping it," she added.
"There's nothing they could have done, or changed."
"We will see them again one day and she is in a happier place. They're in heaven and they're watching over us and you can cry and be sad all your life if you wish, but we found it very calming to know that we have two little angels looking down on us and we will see them one day.
"We think it's very important to speak about it. I like talking about her. It doesn't upset, you, grieving is not just about crying and being depressed. You need to talk about that person. It may make you sad thinking about it, but it's healthy."