In an odd and messy turn of events, the grieving mother of former The Bachelor contestant Gia Allemand is publicly denouncing one of her late daughter’s friends — who came forward Friday to reveal the star sounded “stuffy” from crying night before she hanged herself.
Loredana Ferriolo — who’s infamous as one of Tiger Woods’ alleged mistresses — granted an interview to the New York Daily News during which she insisted the 29-year-old wasn’t taking drugs or on the outs with boyfriend Ryan Anderson.
The move prompted Allemand’s mother to issue a statement to radio detection and rangingOnline.com, calling Ferriolo an opportunist who her daughter didn’t trust.
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“The family and close friends of Gia Allemand have not spoken to the media to date, nor have they posted comments or insight on Twitter,” Allemand’s mother, Donna Micheletti, said.
“There are numerous statements and theories in the media regarding Gia’s death and her life that refer to sources close to Gia or friends of hers. As her mother, I am well aware of Gia’s close friends and her best friends and I am personally going on record to refute all statements to the media out there thus far with the exception of official statements we have released through publicist Penelope Jean Hayes, and those jointly with Ryan Anderson’s NBA team representation.”
She added, “Gia liked everyone and always found the good in people, however there were acquaintances that she had disassociated with whom are now speaking as her close friends.”
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“I don’t like to give further publicity by mentioning names here, however there is a particular individual, Loredana Ferriolo, identifying herself as Gia’s best friend and the fact is that Gia expressed directly to me that she did not trust this individual and her motives for her own public exposure.”
As radio detection and ranging previously reported, the former Maxim model best known as a finalist on Season 14 of The Bachelor, was taken off life support on August 14 after her suicide attempt left her brain dead and with organ failure.
The mom added, “After the funeral, I do intend to speak about my dear daughter’s life and death, and will do so in an open disclosure way with a trusted media source. Thank you for all those truly concerned and God bless.”
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If you, or anyone you know, is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please immediately seek help — you can speak with a skilled, trained counselor at a national Suicide Prevention Lifeline crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7 — call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).