Oscar's 'rock' and first love Jenna says goodbye to her biggest supporter

By Hilda Van Dyk
10 September 2016

Jenna is doing "as well as could be expected," her mom said.

Jenna Edkins has had to bid farewell to another loved one.

Jenna's sister, Kendel, moved to London with her husband six weeks ago -- days before her first love Oscar Pistorius was rushed to hospital in what was rumoured to have been a suicide attempt.

When the news broke that Oscar, currently serving a six-year sentence for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, had "injured his wrists" in the Kgosi Mampuru II prison, Jenna was there the very next day to make sure he was okay.

Read more: ‘He slipped, that’s all’: Oscar’s family reacts

She went to visit him with his older brother Carl. It later emerged that the corner of a steel draw had cut his forearm when he slipped in his cell.

The incident had Jenna very worried and it happened just days after Kendel and her husband made their big move to the UK.

“Jenna is doing fine. As well as could be expected,” says her mother Carey Edkins.

In the past two years, Jenna has became known as the former Paralympian’s rock. Throughout Oscar’s court case and especially in the last few months when his sentence for culpable homicide was overturned and changed to murder, Jenna was unwavering in her support for him.

A source told YOU that in the weeks before Oscar was sentenced to six years in prison for Reeva’s death, he and Jenna were inseparable.

“She is the woman in his life. She stands behind him and is totally devoted to him.”

But now Jenna has had to bid farewell to a supporter of her own -- her sister.

Just one look at the photos on social media and it’s clear that the blonde beauties are very close. When the time came for Kendel to move Jenna changed her profile picture to one of her and her sister together.

On Instagram Kendel also shared a photo of the two together and captioned it: “You are going to be the hardest goodbye #loveyou #sisters”

Read more: Oscar spoke to ex hours before he shot Reeva

Oscar and Jenna dated on-and-off for five years. They started dating when he was 20 years old and their bond is still as strong as ever. Hours before Oscar shot Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day 2013, he and Jenna spoke on the phone for nine minutes. After the incident she was also one of the first people to offer him her public support. She tweeted: “I would just like to say , I have dated Oscar on off for 5 YEARS, NOT ONCE has he EVER lifted a finger to me, made me fear for my life..” She posted several such messages in support of her former beau.

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