The fiancé of the Jeremy Kyle Show ‘suicide victim’ has said the daytime programme is not to blame for her partner’s death.
Steve Dymond is believed to have taken his own life just days after failing a lie detector test on the tabloid talk show.
But Jane Callaghan, who began dating Dymond in 2017, has revealed she found three suicide notes, none of which mention The Jeremy Kyle Show.
She said: “I got three personal photos and three cards saying how much he loved me, how he has never loved anyone as much as me, how he’s sorry and he couldn’t live without me.
“Nothing was mentioned about The Jeremy Kyle Show in the notes – I can’t believe they’ve cancelled it before there’s even been an inquest.
“I think Steve would have died no matter what the result of the lie detector.
“He’d lied about so many things. He had a past, and at his age I think he felt he couldn’t start again and had nothing to live for.”
The 48-year-old believes The Jeremy Kyle Show has been made a scapegoat to save dating show Love Island, which has also been hit by suicide scandals, with contestants Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon both taking their lives after appearing on the show.
“I think they cancelled Jeremy Kyle to look like they were doing something after those Love Island people died.”
Callaghan also revealed the show’s aftercare team were very supportive: “Jeremy helps people. The show people were very supportive after filming.
“They called me trying to check I was OK about 10 times and checked in on me after Steve’s death.”
With no money to pay for Dymond’s funeral, he is likely to receive a pauper’s funeral.
She said: “Environmental health have said he has to have a pauper’s funeral. I can’t afford to pay for it.
“When I think back, we did have happy memories, but I can’t see them as happy now, I see them as lies.
“I just want to get on with my life.”