YouTuber Emily Hartridge died just aged 35 she collided with a lorry, in Battersea, in July
Emily Hartridge - Grieving scooter death boyfriend talks tough Xmas at 'testing time'

Emily Hartridge - Grieving scooter death boyfriend talks tough Xmas at 'testing time'

Emily Hartridge - Grieving scooter death boyfriend talks tough Xmas at 'testing time'

Emily Hartridge - Grieving scooter death boyfriend talks tough Xmas at 'testing time'

Emily Hartridge - Grieving scooter death boyfriend talks tough Xmas at 'testing time'

Emily Hartridge - Grieving scooter death boyfriend talks tough Xmas at 'testing time'
Emily Hartridge - Grieving scooter death boyfriend talks tough Xmas at 'testing time'
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The former coke addict boyfriend of the first woman killed in an e-scooter road crash has said he is facing an extremely tough Christmas at this "testing time".

YouTuber Emily Hartridge died just aged 35 she collided with a lorry, in Battersea, in July, on the £400 scooter given to her by her love Jake Hazell.

Just four months on, Jake disclosed to The Mirror exclusively about how the harrowing aftermath of her death left him vulnerable to the vices of drink and drugs.

He tells us: "My mum and dad moved to London when she passed away. None of us had ever been through anything like this.

"Obviously being in recovery, it was a very testing time."

Emily Hartridge - Grieving scooter death boyfriend talks tough Xmas at 'testing time' (pictured L-R: Howard Cooper and Jake Hazell)

The personal trainer confesses he feels he's sometimes "torturing" himself by working in the same gym F45 Training Farringdon where he met and fell in love with Emily.

In the very spot we did the interview, Jake recalled he once sat chatting with Emily when their romance had a lot of promise.

He said: "It's weird, I live a similar life to Emily now, I teach the same fitness class that she taught, I do the mental health groups and I do the stuff online.

Just four months on, Jake disclosed to The Mirror exclusively about how the harrowing aftermath of her death left him vulnerable to the vices of drink and drugs

"It's weirdly comforting to be doing something like her. It's more like a passion."

As he looked back on their romance, Jake said he can no longer look at the videos and photographs of his lost love because it is "raw".

"At first, I could look at the videos and photos but right now I can't," he said. "It's just raw."

Last Christmas was so special for Jake and Emily; the fitness instructor reminisced fondly of the passionate side of their relationship and how neither of them worried about it being "too soon" to merge their families at the time.

The personal trainer confesses he feels he's sometimes "torturing" himself by working in the same gym F45 Training Farringdon where he met and fell in love with Emily

This year, it will be a struggle for Jake over the Xmas period but he vowed to make time to visit the Hartridge family on the big day.

He tells us: "Emily and I were together for a year. We actually went to each other's houses last Christmas. Yeah I don't know why that happened.

"It was far too soon to go to each other's houses and meet the parents over Christmas. But I'm so grateful that we did because we're not going to do it again as a couple."

Jake said: "I'm going to be in London [over Christmas], getting on with stuff, but it's going to be very hard.

In the very spot we did the interview, Jake recalled he once sat chatting with Emily when their romance had a lot of promise

"I'm going to visit the Hartridges just to say hi. But it's just a day. We'll get through it and I'll get through it like all the other ones up until today."

As well as his own family, Jake has the support of his late girlfriend sisters who he remains close to and hail as "fantastic" women.

The fitness coach shared his love of Emily's family like his own; the couple had planned to start a family of their own and get married before the crash changed their lives forever.

Jake says it is Howard's methods about dealing with anxiety which are the "catalyst" for getting him through the "horrible time"

He says: "Those girls [Emily's sisters] are fantastic human beings; they all remind me of Emily. They're all extremely different. That's not why I still see them. I love them all as people.

"Me and Emily were planning to have a baby next year and I would have asked her to marry me. It wasn't just a fling for me; it was the best year of my life.

"Just because Emily isn't here, I still love her family. It's an amazing privileged and I'm so grateful they still want to see me. I still want to be a part of their lives."

Jake says it is Howard's methods about dealing with anxiety which are the "catalyst" for getting him through the "horrible time".

He had been scheduled to meet Howard for a check up on the day Emily had died following his struggle with daily panic attacks.

Howard's methods have helped Jake get on the road to recovery.

Howard says: "I think the big issues with anxiety and panic. People have images in their head they get really absorbed in and interpret them as real.

"Most people typical response for anxiety is to get rid of the bad images but what I do and what is so different about the way I work is I will let people have those images.

"I really bring them up. We'll take some of the worst things you can possibly imagine but get them comfortable about having the images there but knowing they are just thoughts."

Jake’s Instagram account @jacob_hazell.

Howard Cooper is one of Britain’s leading ‘Rapid Change’ experts. A qualified hypnotherapist and Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), he specialises in helping people create rapid shifts in their thinking.

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