Vanessa Carreira on husband's death: 'Losing Chris is something I never thought I'd survive'

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Vanessa Carreira and Chris Coutroulis.
Vanessa Carreira and Chris Coutroulis.
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  • Former Miss South Africa Vanessa Carreira has reflected on the loss of her husband, Chris Coutroulis, as she picks up the pieces nearly two years after his death.
  • Coutroulis died in November 2021 after a lengthy illness.
  • The mother of four noted she is ready to embark on an "exciting, daunting and challenging new path" this year.

Former Miss South Africa and TV presenter Vanessa Carreira reflected on the loss of her husband, Chris Coutroulis, and is picking up the pieces since his death.

Coutroulis, a nightclub and hospitality mogul, died in November 2021 after a lengthy illness. The couple, who married in 2007, share four children.

She said:

"My children and I have had our hearts splintered by unthinkable loss and the indescribable pain that chained itself to our grief. Losing Chris is something I never thought I would survive… and yet... here I am. I have been & continue to be, carried by the love of our beautiful children and the support, care and understanding of our phenomenal family."

Carreira said the nearly two years since his death "have changed me in ways I do not yet fully understand". She added that the effects of losing their father at such young ages had "fundamentally" changed their children.

However, the beauty queen said 2023 was the year for "new challenges" and "opportunities". She shared that she would be a patisserie student at Silwood Kitchen to embrace this and formalise her culinary passions.

"Chris loved my cooking & baking, and in him, my biggest fan, I found my confidence as a home cook. Over time @likehome_ was a fun way for me to share my love for food with you, and I so enjoyed the time we shared together pre-covid," she continued in the lengthy social media post. "The pandemic brought many challenges for many, and, at the time, it didn't feel right to me to be on social media, but a new opportunity has presented me with the chance to #comeback."

"I have the support of my family and closest friends, who are only interested in the baked goods that I bring home, to be fair, but I know that Chris would be my loudest cheerleader as I pursue this exciting, daunting and challenging new path."

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