Instagram star Lee MacMillan, 27, who lived the ‘dream life’ travelling with boyfriend takes her own life

A MUCH-LOVED Instagram star famed for sharing her "dream life" travelling with her boyfriend in a campervan has sadly taken her own life after a battle with depression.

Lee MacMillan, 27, who shared her travelling tales as she explored the land Down Under with her Australian ex-boyfriend Max Bidstrup, 32, and their beloved dog Occy, tragically killed herself last week.

The news of the Canadian-born influencers passing was revealed by Max, who is still reeling from the "soul-crushing loss", on the couple's Instagram page @maxandlee_ on Wednesday.

"After living an extraordinary life, and fighting a brave battle with depression, our hearts are shattered to share that Lee took her life on Friday," his post read.

Max – a paramedic from Victoria – revealed that Lee had been seeking help for her mental health struggles "from professionals, from family, from friends" and "was not trying to fight this alone".

"She was the brightest light, a magnetic force of nature and was loved by so so many.

"If we can do one thing for Lee now, in the midst of this soul-crushing loss, it’s to spread the message that mental health is just as real as physical health.

"And that illness can strike anyone, no matter how unlikely they may seem."

Her loved ones have launched a hashtag #speakupforlee to honour Lee and encourage others to ask for help.

In the couple's last post together on January 26, they revealed they had sadly split and announced they would be "going our separate ways from here".

The pair acknowledged that it was "incredibly difficult to talk about on here", referring to their account on the photo-sharing platform, which has nearly 70,000 followers.

The post continued: "We both want what is best for each other and will continue to support each other now and in to the future.

"Thank you for believing in us, it’s been one hell of a ride."

Lee and Max met while he visited Canada for a working holiday in 2016, and the loved-up pair decided to embark on an epic expedition across the world.

After enjoying a five-week trip to southeast Asia together, they returned to Canada and decided to renovate a campervan so they could take lengthier trips.

The couple purchased a 2006 Dodge Sprinter for around $12,300 and spent almost the same amount on restoring it.

Setting off in September 2016, the loved-up pair crossed through North America and countries in South America before heading to Mexico, travelling across a total of 13 borders.

The amateur influencers began sharing pictures and videos of their travels on their Instagram page, which proved a success, as well as running a YouTube account boasting 496,000 subscribers.

A post in April 2019 read, "We often laugh at ourselves and question how we manage to keep it all together.

"We aren’t the most organised travellers. We aren’t the most efficient vloggers & we sure as hell are not very tech savvy.

"Sometimes it’s the fear of starting that is the biggest obstacle."

Lee regularly shared her pride in inspiring others to follow in their globe-trotting footsteps, explaining: "Our generation is realising that we don’t need to own so many things to be happy.

"We can own less and see more of the world."

Despite their picture-perfect life, it seems Lee was privately battling with depression.

Finishing off the heartbreaking post, Max wrote: "Let’s spread the awareness of this issue, for Lee and every one else who needs to hear this. 

"And hold your loved ones tight. Tell them you love them. Because life can change in an instant.

"Life is more complex than a single social media post. Things are complicated. Don't believe what you see online. Get out into the world and talk to your loved ones.

"Check in. Ask them genuinely how they're doing. Be available to help. To listen. To offer help. Remove the stigma of asking for help."

You’re Not Alone

EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.

It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.

It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.

And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.

Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.

That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.

The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.

Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.

If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:

  • CALM,, 0800 585 858
  • Heads Together,
  • Mind,, 0300 123 3393
  • Papyrus,, 0800 068 41 41
  • Samaritans,, 116 123
  • Movember,
  • Anxiety UK, 03444 775 774 Monday-Friday 9.30am-10pm, Saturday/Sunday 10am-8pm


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