THE mother of Cathríona White, the former girlfriend of Jim Carrey who died in Los Angeles in September, has spoken out for the first time since losing her daughter.
Make-up artist Ms White, 30, died in an apparent suicide at her LA home on September 28.
In an interview with People Magazine, her mother Brigid Sweetman, who lives in England, spoke of her loss.
I absolutely adored Cathriona, like I adore all my three children. They are my life and I'm so proud of all of them.
When I heard she died like that, I couldn't believe it.
Cathriona was born just 2lb 2oz, and she had to fight so hard to live and I had to fight so hard to keep her alive.
A baby that size takes a lot of loving to pull through. But she did, and from then on, she fought for everything.
She was tiny and couldn't dance for buttons but still insisted on doing classes until she became good at it.
The same with football, the size of her on the pitch, but she kept at it.
The interview with 55-year-old Ms Sweetman also revealed that negative stories about her relationship with her daughter have made her a target at her southern England home.
A rumour has emerged claiming Ms Sweetman sent Ms White an email shortly before her birthday in September calling her "a failure".
The distraught mother told People Magazine that the words "Die b***h" were daubed on the front of her house with paint after the story was circulated.
"I feel I have to speak out now because I am in fear in my own house," she said.
"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."
Tipperary-born Ms White lived in England before moving to LA in 2009 to pursue her dream career, working as a make-up and stylist in the film industry.
She dated Hollywood actor Jim Carrey on-and-off from 2012 to 2015, who was one of the pallbearers at her funeral service, which was held in Cappawhite in her home county.
Described at her funeral as a “daddy’s girl”, she was devastated by the death of her father Pat White a number of years ago.
She had also reportedly suffered from mental health issues.