Yazmin Oukhellou has posted on social media for the first time since boyfriend Jake McLean’s death after she failed to attend his funeral.
The TOWIE star, 28, paid tribute to her late partner in a heartfelt Instagram post as she reflected on taking time to heal ‘mentally and physically’.
The post follows reports that Yazmin was “banned” from Jake’s funeral, which took place on Tuesday, amid tensions with her family.
Jake’s mother, Anita Walsh, told Turkish authorities that she believed he may have played a role in her son’s death.
Tribute: Yazmin Oukhellou has posted on social media for the first time since boyfriend Jake McLean’s death after she was absent from his funeral.
Emotional: The TOWIE star, 28, paid tribute to her late partner in a heartfelt Instagram post as she reflected on taking time to heal ‘mentally and physically’
A source told the Sun: ‘Yaz feared that she would not be able to attend Jake’s funeral and her worst nightmare came true when it became clear that she would not be welcome.
“She was traumatized after the accident and now not being able to say goodbye has been horrible for her. Yaz insists that there was no argument and that she and Jake were happy.
The source added, “Yaz will pay his own tribute to Jake in private.”
The couple were in a car that fell 70 feet off a cliff in Bodrum, Turkey, on Sunday, July 3, killing Jake and leaving her critically injured.
After missing the funeral, which her ex Lauren Goodger attended, Yazmin remembered Jake and thanked fans for their support.
Remembering Jake: Yazmin Oukhellou has posted on social media for the first time since her boyfriend Jake McLean died after she was absent from his funeral.
Concerns: The post follows reports that Yazmin was worried she would not be welcome at her funeral, which took place on Tuesday.
Yazmin wrote: ‘I have been taking some time away from social media to fully focus on my mental and physical recovery. I needed this time off to work on healing and processing everything to the best of my ability.
‘This has taught me that life is very short and we should cherish our loved ones as much as possible.
I am so grateful for our memories and the special time that Jake and I shared. I haven’t stopped thinking about him and will always miss him. He will always have a special place in my heart.
Sad day: Jake McLean’s ex-girlfriend Lauren Goodger was among the mourners along with former co-star James Argent as they attended Jake’s funeral on Tuesday after he died last month in a car accident in Turkey
‘I want to thank everyone for their support and lovely messages. I really appreciate each and every one of you. I love yaz.
Yazmin received support from her friends and TOWIE co-stars in the comments section of the post.
Demi Sims said, ‘I wish I could give you a hug, I love you Yazmin.’
Ella Rae Wise wrote: ‘I love you’.
Love Island star Molly Mae Hague said: ‘I’m so sorry, Yazmin. really thinking of you.
Harry Derbidge said: ‘I love you so much Yaz, you are so strong and everyone loves you. Always here for you, forever xx’
Support: Yazmin received support from her TOWIE friends and co-stars in the comments section of the post.
Jake was buried at St Thomas of Canterbury Church in Essex in a supercar-themed funeral.
Former TOWIE star Lauren, who dated Jake for four years until 2020, watched the funeral procession, which was led by the hearse decorated with a flower arrangement in the shape of a Lamborghini emblem.
The funeral was escorted by supercars and expensive luxury vehicles, while Jake’s family and friends covered the cars with a Lamborghini flower arrangement and large designs of ‘Jakey’, ‘Cuzzy’ and ‘Son’ in white flowers.
Tragic loss: Lauren took to Instagram to share photos from the funeral show, revealing that she had decorated a bouquet of flowers with sweet images of the couple
A large photo of a smiling Jake was placed in the back of the hearse.
A visibly emotional Lauren, who dated Jake from 2012 to 2016, dressed in white for the service. The black eye she received in an alleged assault on the day of her daughter’s funeral earlier this month was clearly visible.
TOWIE stars James ‘Arg’ Argent and Liam ‘Gatsby’ Blackwell were also among the guests, who were asked to wear black or white.
Yazmin previously told how she is “scarred for life” after the horrific car accident.
The reality star suffered serious injuries to her arm and doctors told Yazmin it’s a “miracle” she’s still alive.
Sad: TOWIE’s Sam Mucklow (left) led tributes to good friend Jake on the day of his funeral on Tuesday after his close friend lost his life in a terror accident in Turkey on July 3.
Breaking her silence after her return home, Yazmin admitted: ‘This will live with me forever’ as she processed what had happened.
Amid her recovery, Yazmin stays away from “social settings” and won’t log in to social media, while also changing her phone number.
The reality star has stayed out of the spotlight following the fatal accident, but has been seen sporting an arm in a cast during rare outings.
As well as therapy, Yazmin may also need plastic surgery as she has been left with permanent scars, and UK doctors are warning that she may never be able to fully use her right arm.
Shocking: Jake died after crashing his car on a road near the tourist center of Bodrum, in Turkey
At the time of the accident, Yazmin was unaware that an artery had ruptured, but revealed that she was covered in blood as she lay face down in the car.
Yazmin said she convinced herself Jake was still alive when he ran to the top of the bank they had rolled over and yelled for help.
Fortunately, a man walking his dog found her instantly and ran to the car to help her, but unfortunately it was too late because Yazmin said she couldn’t feel Jake’s pulse.
Yazmin said the pain and shock have left her in need of therapy and she hasn’t left her mother Lisa’s side since the accident.
The reality star also confirmed that the couple was currently away, but she flew to Turkey in hopes they could reconcile and recalled how the trip made things “perfect” between them.
Injury: Yazmin reportedly fears that she will be excluded from the funeral due to tensions with her family.