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Pregnant Ashley James quits social media ahead of Caroline Flack anniversary

Ashley James has told her fans she’s quitting social media for a while in a bid to protect her mental health.

The former Made In Chelsea star is heavily pregnant with her first child and struggling amid the third national lockdown.

The 33-year-old, who is due to welcome her baby with beau Tommy Andrews very soon, says she has a lot on her mind, including the upcoming first anniversary of the tragic death of her friend Caroline Flack, who took her own life on February 15.

Ashley explained that she didn’t want people to think she had disappeared because her baby had been born, but that she simply needed some time alone with her thoughts.

Ashley is stepping back from social media for a while

Posting a selfie showing her pregnant belly on Instagram, Ashley penned: “Just want to say I’m still here and still very pregnant.

“I’m just taking some time offline to gather my thoughts and my mind. Being overdue in pregnancy, new lockdown, the anniversary of Caroline’s death coming up…

“It’s like we’ve entered a new year but I’m still waiting for baby’s arrival and therefore my new chapter so I’m still in limbo.

“Anyway, it’s all having an impact on my mind and as a result my self esteem. I feel like I just need a break. I know these moments will pass and I’ll be back soon.”

She’s looking after her mental health

Ashley is struggling in the run up to Caroline’s anniversary

It comes after a stressful Christmas for Ashley, who had a labour scare on Boxing Day.

She said at the time she was planning to “switch off” for the rest of the festive period and go into a “positive bubble” with her boyfriend by turning off the news and doing everything she could to relax instead.

Ashley is due to give birth any day now.

Ashley is due to give birth this month

She’s kept fans in the loop throughout her pregnancy, sharing a string of beautiful pictures that celebrate her pregnant body and tell other women to love themselves.

If you’re struggling and need to talk, the Samaritans operate a free helpline open 24/7 on 116 123. Alternatively, you can email [email protected] or visit their site to find your local branch

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