Jessica Alves reveals surprise friendship with Kirstie Alley

EXCLUSIVE: She chose my new name over martinis in Milan: Jessica Alves reveals surprise friendship with Kirstie Alley who helped her when she was transitioning after Celeb Big Brother

Jessica Alves was heartbroken to learn that her former Celebrity Big Brother co-star Kirstie Alley had lost her short battle with cancer aged 71 on Monday. 

The TV star, 39, bonded with the Cheers actress when they both appeared on Celebrity Big Brother back in 2018 and spent time in Italy together after the show. 

Jessica told MailOnline: ‘We actually met up in Milan when the show ended and she was one of the first people I told that I was transitioning.

EXCLUSIVE: She chose my new name over martinis in Milan: Jessica Alves has revealed her surprise friendship with the late Kirstie Alley who helped her when she was transitioning after CBB in 2018

EXCLUSIVE: She chose my new name over martinis in Milan: Jessica Alves has revealed her surprise friendship with the late Kirstie Alley who helped her when she was transitioning after CBB in 2018 

Happy in her skin: Jessica has been very open about her transitioning journey (pictured last week) and has asked that her former name is not mentioned

Happy in her skin: Jessica has been very open about her transitioning journey (pictured last week) and has asked that her former name is not mentioned 

‘We sat drinking martini’s in the Dolce And Gabbana bar and I got tipsy and cried as I confided in her what I was going through. 

‘I told her I had really been struggling and she provided a listening ear. We spoke about names about she helped me to choose Jessica which I love.  

‘We went shopping after that and Kirstie spent several thousand pounds on Manolo Blahniks. She had a real passion for them but she was down to earth in other areas.’ 

Jessica had been in Italy for work and Kirstie happened to be on holiday there at the same time, for a few days, messaging Jessica asking if she wanted to meet. 

She said that Scientologist Kirstie had lots of interesting things to talk about but never once tried to convert her to being involved in her religion. 

Special: After meeting on the show, Jessica and Kirstie met up in Italy where she tearfully confided in her about how much she was struggling with her journey and she helped her a lot (pictured together in CBB)

Special: After meeting on the show, Jessica and Kirstie met up in Italy where she tearfully confided in her about how much she was struggling with her journey and she helped her a lot (pictured together in CBB)

Reflecting on their time in the Big Brother house – which saw Kirstie come runner up to actor Ryan Thomas – Jessica said Kirstie helped her through a tough time. 

‘Being in the house was a difficult time for me because no one knew I was transitioning back then and I was on hormones which were making me crazy.’

But Kirstie and Jessica bonded after she took her under her wing and let her try on all her high heels. 

Jessica said: ‘Kirstie had brought in loads of pairs of Manolo’s and she let me try them all on in the house and walk around in them but that was never televised.

Last picture: It emerged on Monday that Kirstie has died at the age of 71 following a short cancer battle. She was last pictured during an Instagram video on September 8 as she touted for work on Cameo

Last picture: It emerged on Monday that Kirstie has died at the age of 71 following a short cancer battle. She was last pictured during an Instagram video on September 8 as she touted for work on Cameo

Heartbreaking: The star's family issued a statement on Instagram Monday in the wake of the passing

Heartbreaking: The star’s family issued a statement on Instagram Monday in the wake of the passing 

‘She was really there for me and was a very positive person.’

Jessica continued; ‘Jessica was a very clean lady with high standards and she had me cleaning the house with Listerine mouthwash at one point, because there were no cleaning products. 

Their bond strengthened when Jessica did Kirstie’s hair and make-up and she looked so beautifull. 

Jessica said: ”She might have been a big Hollywood star but she was very down to earth and wise.

‘However, she did show me pictures of all the monkeys and wild birds she had at her house in LA. She had to have a special licence for them but she loved animals. 

‘She really was a special lady and I am absolutely devastated to hear of her passing – my heart goes out to all her loved ones.’ 

Jessica has sent her loved to Kirstie's family - the actress pictured with  her adopted children William True and Lillie Price in 2010

Jessica has sent her loved to Kirstie’s family – the actress pictured with  her adopted children William True and Lillie Price in 2010

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