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Caroline Flack’s boyfriend reveals “I am in so much pain” after her death

Caroline Flack’s friend placed an emotional tribute on the former Love Island presenter after her death yesterday – after being told that she would go to court for alleged mistreatment.

The TV presenter, 40 years old, took her own life after a worried friend who stayed with her went to the shops and left her alone in her flat in London. The production friend could not go back into the flat when she returned. She called Flack’s father Ian who had access to the flat where he found the body of the star.

Flack’s management team had described her as “vulnerable” and criticized the CPS for continuing the case, despite her friend Lewis Burton who said he did not want to file a complaint.

Burton posted on Instagram today: “My heart is broken, we had something so special.

“I’m so lost for words. I’m in so much pain. I miss you so much. I know you felt safe with me. You always said that I don’t think of anything else when I’m with you. time I kept asking and asking.

“I will be your voice dear, I promise I will ask all the questions you wanted and I will get all the answers, nothing will bring you back, but I will try to make you proud every day.”

“I love you with all my heart.”

Burton claimed that she hit him with a lamp in her former home in Islington in December before returning to this claim. As part of her bail conditions, the couple were banned from making contact with each other.

A member of the Flack management team said that the CPS should look at “themselves” and how they were pursuing a “no merit” trial that resulted in “a lot of suffering for Caroline.”

The saga surrounding her lawsuit saw her “resigning” from hosting Love Island – the very first winter series is currently on show currently being organized by Laura Whitmore. The producers of ITV and Love Island will now be examined for that decision and the support they gave it. Reality shows have been warned by Ofcom that they have a duty of care towards their stars.

Lewis Burton posted an emotional tribute on Instagram this morning following the news of Caroline Flack's death on Saturday

Lewis Burton posted an emotional tribute on Instagram this morning following the news of Caroline Flack’s death on Saturday

The last message: a collage of photos posted by Flack on Thursday to her 2.4 million followers, who shows her playing with her dog, Ruby

The last message: a collage of photos posted by Flack on Thursday to her 2.4 million followers, who shows her playing with her dog, Ruby

The last message: a collage of photos posted by Flack on Thursday to her 2.4 million followers, who shows her playing with her dog, Ruby

Caroline Flack was found dead in her flat in London at the age of 40. She is pictured above when attending the Brit awards last year

Caroline Flack was found dead in her flat in London at the age of 40. She is pictured above when attending the Brit awards last year

Caroline Flack was found dead in her flat in London at the age of 40. She is pictured above when attending the Brit awards last year

The TV presenter, 40 years old, took her own life after a worried friend who stayed with her went to the shops and left her alone in her London home (photo)

The TV presenter, 40 years old, took her own life after a worried friend who stayed with her went to the shops and left her alone in her London home (photo)

The TV presenter, 40 years old, took her own life after a worried friend who stayed with her went to the shops and left her alone in her London home (photo)

Lewis Burton posted a photo of him and Flack on Instagram and wrote: “Happy Valentine’s … Love You”

The Love Island host went to Instagram last month to announce that she intended to give her side of the story but made no further statement

The Love Island host went to Instagram last month to announce that she intended to give her side of the story but made no further statement

The Love Island host went to Instagram last month to announce that she intended to give her side of the story but made no further statement

Sophie Gradon

Sophie Gradon

Mike Thalassitis

Mike Thalassitis

Participants Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon took their own lives after their appearances on the dating program, calling into question the future of the show

Flack has been described by friends as the feeling “she was alone” and “could not see a way out,” and she struggled with her mental health and used antidepressants for her death.

The death of the TV presenter was confirmed by the family, who said: “We can confirm that our Caroline died today on February 15. We want to ask the press to respect the privacy of the family during this difficult time. “

The death of Flack has led to the ITV2 flagship show having to be adjusted. She is the third person in the show to commit suicide after participants Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon have taken their own lives.

Love Island presenter Laura Whitmore led tribute to Flack last night as she posted on Twitter: “I’m trying to find the words, but I can’t” published an emoji with a broken heart and a poem about loss.

Former participants Wes Nelson, Chris Hughes, Molly-Mae Hague have also expressed their respect to the star, while Piers Morgan called her a “fun, bright and sparkling person.”

In post-tragedy developments:

  • ITV has played a highlight episode of Love Island that was shown yesterday evening at 9 p.m. and replaced it with a double bill from You’ve Been Framed
  • Viewers called to cancel Love Island as follows Flack’s death
  • Channel 4 said it had kept the series The Surjury, with Flack as presenter. A spokesperson said in a statement that they were “shocked and saddened” to hear the tragic news
  • Tribute led by Love Island presenter Laura Whitmore came in, who described Flack as a “star”, “much loved” and “one of the warmest funniest people”
  • Her friend Lewis Burton was supposed to travel home after a ski trip after hearing the news
  • Burton had sent her a Valentine message on Friday with the text “Happy Valentines.” Love you’
  • Last week it was announced that Flack wrote a ‘self-help’ book when she fought depression
  • It was said that her death took place in unsuspecting circumstances. A post-mortem is planned and an investigation will be opened in the coming days

The Flack management team calls the CPS case a ‘show trial’ that was ‘not in the public interest’

Caroline Flack management said everyone was devastated by the news and criticized the Crown Prosecution Service for continuing her “show process” even after her friend said he did not support it.

Francis Ridley of Money Talent Management said in a statement: “We are devastated by the loss of our client and friend Caroline Flack.

‘An enormously talented young woman who was at the top of her game professionally and loved by television viewers throughout the country. In recent months, Caroline has been under great pressure due to an ongoing case and a possible trial that has been reported well.

“The Crown Prosecutor’s Office pursued this when they not only knew how very vulnerable Caroline was, but also that the alleged victim did not support the prosecution and had contested the CPS version of the events.

“The CPS should look at themselves today and how they pursued a show process that was not only without merit but not in the public interest. And in the end that resulted in a lot of suffering for Caroline. Our thoughts are currently with Caroline’s family. “

Friends of the presenter, who received a £ 1.2 million salary for Love Island, said she was terrified of her upcoming trial. “She was alone. She couldn’t take it anymore. Her family has been destroyed, “a friend told The Mirror.

Another added: “Caroline could not go through the idea of ​​going through the lawsuit. She felt that her career would never recover from this – and she felt humiliated by the world. Eventually she just couldn’t see a way out. She didn’t know how to fix herself. “

A friend also said she had used antidepressants: “She went to a climbing wall with one of her friends, and they tried to hold her courage, but she went deeper into her depression. In recent weeks she has been alone with many of her friends and rarely. ”

The presenter appeared to write a ‘self-help’ book. “Caroline found the trial incredibly cathartic,” one of her friends said last week. ‘She wants it to be more than just a story about her. She wants to talk about the problems she has encountered and how she has overcome them. “

Flack leaves behind her twin sister Jody, her older sister Elizabeth, her older brother Paul and her parents Christine and Ian.

She also leaves behind her dear French Bulldog Ruby. A mourning lady laid a single rose yesterday at Flack’s former address in Islington, where the celebrity moved to in recent weeks.

Flack and Burton

Flack and Burton

Flack's death comes just a few weeks before she was put on trial for attacking partner Lewis Burton, who accused her in December of beating him with a light before he went back to these claims

Flack's death comes just a few weeks before she was put on trial for attacking partner Lewis Burton, who accused her in December of beating him with a light before he went back to these claims

Flack’s death comes just a few weeks before she was put on trial for attacking partner Lewis Burton, who accused her in December of beating him with a light before he went back to these claims

Flack's personal misery began when the police were seen outside the presenter's home, where she lived near Burton, in the early hours of December 14 after reports revealed a man had been attacked

Flack's personal misery began when the police were seen outside the presenter's home, where she lived near Burton, in the early hours of December 14 after reports revealed a man had been attacked

Flack’s personal misery began when the police were seen outside the presenter’s home, where she lived near Burton, in the early hours of December 14 after reports revealed a man had been attacked

A mourning girl laid flowers in the former home of Caroline Flack in Islington, in the north of London, where she left in recent weeks

A mourning girl laid flowers in the former home of Caroline Flack in Islington, in the north of London, where she left in recent weeks

She was on trial after being accused by partner Lewis Burton of having hit him on the head with a lamp in December. He later returned to the claims

She was on trial after being accused by partner Lewis Burton of having hit him on the head with a lamp in December. He later returned to the claims

A mourning girl laid flowers in the former home of Caroline Flack in Islington, in the north of London, where she left in recent weeks. She was on trial after being accused by partner Lewis Burton of having hit him on the head with a lamp in December. He later returned to the claims

A single rose remained behind Flack's former home in Islington after the family announced her tragic death

A single rose remained behind Flack's former home in Islington after the family announced her tragic death

A single rose remained behind Flack’s former home in Islington after the family announced her tragic death

Flack leaves behind her twin sister Jody (left)

Flack leaves behind her twin sister Jody (left)

Flack leaves behind her twin sister Jody (bottom left) and her older brother Paul (top left), older sister Elizabeth (top right), mother (center) and father (behind the camera)

Flack leaves behind her twin sister Jody (bottom left) and her older brother Paul (top left), older sister Elizabeth (top right), mother (center) and father (behind the camera)

Flack leaves behind her twin sister Jody (photo left) and her older brother, older sister, mother Christine and father Ian (photo right). Ian takes photo)

Boy George has criticized the CPS because he has prosecuted the case and says he hopes that they will feel “deep sorrow.” The 58-year-old tweeted: “I hope that you who attacked Caroline Flack, even when her partner said he didn’t want to have charges, feel some sadness today. This didn’t have to happen ‘

The friends of Flack would be furious that the CPS continued the prosecution of the presenter, even though Burton made it clear that he did not want the case to go to court because there had been no serious injury.

Her management criticized the CPS in a statement. Francis Ridley of Money Talent Management said: ‘We are devastated by the loss of our client and girlfriend Caroline Flack.

“The Crown Prosecutor’s Office pursued this when they not only knew how very vulnerable Caroline was, but also that the alleged victim did not support the prosecution and had contested the CPS version of the events.

Love Island is startled by THIRD death tragedy that could mean the end of a controversial ITV2 reality show

The tragic death of Caroline Flack can lead ITV bosses to pull the plug out of Love Island after she has become the third person involved in the show to take their own life.

The hugely popular money spinner had already been extensively investigated after the suicides of former participants Sophie Gradon (32) and Mike Thalassitis (26), calling on producers to take better care of the stars.

The death of Flack will again worry about the support that the broadcaster is showing to people with psychological problems and the perceived lack of support from production bosses.

“ITV talks about duty of care but there was little to no support for her,” a source close to Flack told The Sun.

“She went from hosting one of the most popular shows on TV to being ejected effectively.”

Following the tragic news, ITV pulled the highlight episode from Love Island last night: Unseen Bits due to the air at 9 o’clock on ITV2.

The program announcer said, “In light of today’s sad news, we’re replacing the Love Island: Unseen Bits episode tonight with a double bill from You’ve Been Framed.”

However, it is not known if Love Island will be broadcast according to schedule tomorrow night.

“The CPS should look at themselves today and how they pursued a show process that was not only without merit but not in the public interest. And in the end that resulted in a lot of suffering for Caroline. Our thoughts are currently with Caroline’s family.

‘An enormously talented young woman who was at the top of her game professionally and loved by television viewers throughout the country. Caroline has been under great pressure in recent months because of an ongoing case and a possible trial that has been reported well. ”

Boy George has criticized the CPS because he has prosecuted the case and says he hopes that they will feel “deep sorrow.” The 58-year-old tweeted: “I hope that you who attacked Caroline Flack, even when her partner said he didn’t want to have charges, feel some sadness today. This did not have to happen.

“This is devastating news! And yes, I hope the @cpsuk feels even deeper sadness. “

Comedian Keith Lemon paid tribute and said, “Shocked. I have known Caroline all my life. I have no words. Love for her family. ”

The CPS told MailOnline in a statement: ‘Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Caroline Flack. Given the tragic circumstances, we will not comment on the details of this case at this stage. ”

The presenter’s death has once again fueled questions about ITV’s aftercare because it was forced to improve his procedures after public outrage over the suicides of two participants.

“ITV is talking about duty of care but there was little to no support for her,” one source said The sun.

“She went from hosting one of the most popular shows on TV to being ejected effectively. It was crushing.

“Whatever she said publicly, she told her neighbor that she was actually fired. She had not been found guilty of anything and did not deserve to let her career tear from her the way she felt it had been. “

The broadcaster OFCOM is flooded with hundreds of complaints from viewers about the behavior of participants in the show and challenges developed by producers.

The regulator confirmed in a statement in May last year that it was investigating whether ‘more could be done’ to ensure the well-being of people in reality TV programs.

Flack was best known for the front of the hugely popular ITV2 show Love Island, which was startled last night by the third death of one of its former stars

Flack was best known for the front of the hugely popular ITV2 show Love Island, which was startled last night by the third death of one of its former stars

Flack was best known for the front of the hugely popular ITV2 show Love Island, which was startled last night by the third death of one of its former stars

Droplets of what appears to be blood were seen splattered in Caroline Flack's house after her arrest for assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton

Droplets of what appears to be blood were seen splattered in Caroline Flack's house after her arrest for assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton

Droplets of what appears to be blood were seen splattered in Caroline Flack’s house after her arrest for assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton

A tribute to Londoner Caroline Flack was written last night on a Tube billboard at one of the stations of the capital

A tribute to Londoner Caroline Flack was written last night on a Tube billboard at one of the stations of the capital

A tribute to Londoner Caroline Flack was written last night on a Tube billboard at one of the stations of the capital

THE TURBULENT LOVE LIFE OF CAROLINE FLACK

Prince Harry, 34 years old

Short flirt? Caroline revealed that she was introduced to Prince Harry in 2009 by their common friend Natalie Pinkham

Close: Caroline frankly admitted that she almost slept with Olly Murs when they presented The Xtra Factor together in 2011

  • Caroline revealed that she was introduced to Prince Harry by their common friend Natalie Pinkham, a Formula One correspondent for Sky Sports
  • Sparks flew when the couple enjoyed an evening out ten years ago in 2009, shortly after Caroline was divorced from another ex
  • Later she wrote in her book: “When the story came out, it was time. We had to stop seeing each other
  • “I was no longer Caroline Flack, TV presenter. I was Caroline Flack, the bit rough of Prince Harry ‘

Olly Murs, 35 years old

  • Caroline frankly admitted that she almost slept with Olly when they presented The Xtra Factor together in 2011
  • They shared a kiss as they toast her Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Award with a private moment in the photobooth in November 2015
  • The chemistry on the screen was everything everyone could talk about when they organized The Xtra Factor together from 2011 to 2012
  • Rumors swirled that the couple was in the grip of love when they organized The X Factor together for a year in 2015

Former lover: Caroline was 31 in 2011 when she started romancing 17-year-old Harry Styles

Harry Styles, 25 years old

  • In 2011, Caroline was 31 when she started romancing 17-year-old Harry
  • The television host admitted that she knew that the singer was in love with her before she pursued a romance with the heartbreaker
  • She said about their short performance at The Sun on Sunday: “I already knew he was in love with me, he made it pretty clear as he said in magazines. I never felt that I was much older than Harry. I still feel 18 and probably do so half the time ‘

Short-lived: The Love Island host caught the attention of music manager Jack Street when he was only 26 years old

Wedding clocks: Caroline and Andrew Brady got engaged in April 2018 before they stopped it later that year

Jack Street, 31 years old

  • Jack was the host of Love Island when he was 26 years old
  • Caroline and Jack’s love story goes back to 2014 and the couple went out for 18 months before their abrupt divorce.
  • They briefly ignited the flames of their love in 2015, but the damage could not be repaired and they went their own way forever

Andrew Brady, 28 years old

Smooch: In January, Caroline and Strictly dancer AJ Pritchard looked extremely cozy during the afterparty of the National Television Awards with

Smooch: In January, Caroline and Strictly dancer AJ Pritchard looked extremely cozy during the afterparty of the National Television Awards with

Smooch: In January, Caroline and Strictly dancer AJ Pritchard looked extremely cozy during the afterparty of the National Television Awards with

  • Caroline was 38 while Andrew was 27 when she first started dating
  • The Love Island personality and the student star had a rocky on / off romance that had a heartbreaking end for the two of them
  • The couple became engaged in April 2018 after only a few weeks of dating, but they were separated several times last year
  • Now Andrew left for Australia with a one-way ticket to get a new start in 2019 after they finally stopped their romance forever
  • Caroline lost the last traces of her ex, while she proudly showed that she had erased his initials ‘AB’ from her wrist

AJ Pritchard, 24 years old

  • In January, Caroline and the Strictly dancer were extremely sociable during the afterparty of the National Television Awards
  • Insiders at the bash claimed that the duo had moved some privacy before they were seen in the alleged clinch behind the scenes
  • The couple, allegedly sniffing during the star-studded bash at the O2 Arena in London, denied rumors of a romance despite their close display
Hunk: The presenter would have dated Danny Cipriani for about eight weeks earlier this year

Hunk: The presenter would have dated Danny Cipriani for about eight weeks earlier this year

Hunk: The presenter would have dated Danny Cipriani for about eight weeks earlier this year

Danny Cipriani, 31 years old

  • The presenter is said to have dated the sportsman, 31, about eight weeks earlier this year
  • They were seen kissing after a two-night stay in April, but ended things shortly after sources say that Caroline feared that there was no long-term future
  • An insider said earlier: “Caroline and Danny had a lot of fun together and she loves him – but it wouldn’t work in the long term”
  • “They have decided to end it and remain friends. Caroline has a busy summer ahead and is already continuing to date dating other people

Lewis Burton, 36 years old

Love Island host Caroline Flack photographed with Lewis Burton

Love Island host Caroline Flack photographed with Lewis Burton

Love Island host Caroline Flack photographed with Lewis Burton

  • The tennis player and actor is said to have started with Caroline Flack in July last year
  • A restraining order prevented the couple from making contact with each other. It was made after Flack was accused of beating Burton over with a lamp in her former home in Islington
  • He posted a Valentine’s message yesterday saying he loved her and last night it is assumed that he is flying back from a skiing holiday
  • The couple has been portrayed on numerous evenings and vacations since their relationship began in August 2019
  • Flack was seen as furious with Lewis during a trip to Ibiza in October 2019

Viewers have called for Love Island to bite after the third death to rock the popular reality TV series.

Flack had tackled her struggles with mental health on social media in the months prior to her death. In a post after World Mental Health Day on October 10, she admitted that she felt “weird” and revealed that “when I actually contacted someone, they said I was running empty.”

Caroline Flack: A call for help?

Caroline Flack often spoke about her struggles, both in interviews and on social media.

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Caroline said, after her strict success: “Fame doesn’t make you happy”

STRICT COURSE?

The winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2014 said she felt depressed after her victory at the BBC show.

After winning the series together with professional partner Pasha Kovalev, she admitted that she felt she was “held together by a string that could break at any time.”

In an unearthed interview by the Daily star After her death, Caroline claimed that: “It all started the day after I won Strictly. I woke up and felt that someone had covered my body with cling film. I couldn’t get up and couldn’t pick myself up next year. “

Ignored? “When I actually contacted someone, they said I was tapping,” Caroline admitted in October 201

“BEING A BURDEN IS MY BIGGEST FEAR”

In an Instagram post she uploaded on October 14, 2019 – on the occasion of World Mental Health Day – Caroline kept a photo of herself: “On some days it is difficult to write your feelings that you are not in the right place.

“I’ve been in a very weird place for the last few weeks … I find it hard to talk about it … I think it’s fear and pressure of life … and when I actually approached someone, they said I was tapping.

“I feel that this is why some people keep their emotions to themselves. I certainly hate to talk about my feelings. And being a burden is my biggest fear. “

SOCIAL SILENCE

Signs of suicide? She loved tweets about calling the Samaritans during Christmas

Signs of suicide? She loved tweets about calling the Samaritans during Christmas

Caroline was told to stay out of social media after her attack in December 2019.

However, she especially liked a series of tweets in the following days, before Christmas, to encourage those who felt lonely during the holidays to seek help.

The tweets – posted by actress Sheridan Smith, journalist Stacey Dooley and comedian Luke Kempner – contain the telephone number for the suicide hotline of The Samaritans.

She also posted on Instagram around the same time: “This kind of research and speculation is a lot to undertake for a person … I am a human at the end of the day and I am not silenced when I have a story have to tell and a life to go on with. “

SELF-HELP?

Reportedly Caroline had decided to write a book during her recent free time.

“Caroline has found the process incredibly cathartic,” one of her friends told Mail. ‘She wants it to be more than just a story about her. She wants to talk about the problems she has encountered and how she has overcome them.

“She hopes to be able to help others who may have similar problems.”

In an Instagram post that she uploaded on October 14, 2019, Flack wrote a picture of herself: “I wanted to write something about mental health day last week, but I was right to the bone. And on some days it is hard to write your feelings that you are not in the right place.

“I’ve been in a very weird place for the last few weeks … I find it hard to talk about it … I think it’s fear and pressure of life … and when I actually approached someone, they said I was tapping.

“I feel that this is why some people keep their emotions to themselves. I certainly hate to talk about my feelings. And being a burden is my biggest fear …

“I’m lucky that I can pick myself up if it feels like it. But what happens if someone can’t do that. Be kind to people. You never know what’s going on. Ever.’

In December 2018, Flack revealed how she took antidepressants for six months after winning Strictly Come Dancing in 2014 to help her tackle the pressure.

“People see the lifestyle of celebrities and assume that everything is perfect, but we are just like everyone else,” she said The I newspaper. ‘Everyone fights against something emotional behind closed doors – that is life. Fame doesn’t make you happy ‘.

“Anti-depressants helped me get up in the morning and stopped me from being sad, but whatever they do is prevent you from being happy. So I was just in this numb state. I stopped laughing at jokes, and I am not. “

Flack was blocked from speaking to her boyfriend through a restraining order after allegations of assault and had to be tried on trial on March 4 in less than three weeks.

She first appeared at the Highbury magistrates court in December and received bail prior to her trial. Flack’s mother Christine was pictured as she hugged and kissed her daughter.

During the trial, it was reported that Flack cautiously said she would commit suicide and also “I did it” when she was asked if she had beaten her boyfriend.

Despite the ban on contact, her friend Burton posted a photo of herself and Flack on Instagram on Friday and wrote: “Happy Valentine’s … Love You.”

The snap followed the latest message from his girlfriend on Thursday – of herself playing with her beloved French Bulldog Ruby.

In a now removed reaction, her friend Lewis Burton said below the photo: “You are both useless” alongside an emoji of a love heart, although Caroline had been ordered by a judge not to have any communication with him.

She was pictured laughing with a friend while she was on a climbing wall in London earlier this week.

Last month Flack threatened to break her silence about her personal life and wrote that she would ‘tell everything’ in an Instagram post. However, one source said that she made the post “without thinking” and then changed her mind and vowed that she would remain silent until the time was right.

“I’m going to speak today … my and my family’s life is no longer suitable for entertainment or gossip,” she wrote.

ITV canceled the episode of its island highlights last night and replaced it with a double bill from You’ve Been Framed. A spokesperson said in a statement: “Everyone on Love Island and ITV is shocked and saddened by this desperately sad news. Caroline was a very popular member of the Love Island team and our sincere thoughts and condolences are with her family and friends. “

Channel 4 also finished the series The Surjury, which Flack presented. “We are shocked and saddened to hear the tragic news about Caroline Flack,” a spokesperson said. “Our deepest sympathies go out to Caroline’s family and friends. Under the given circumstances, we have decided not to broadcast The Surgery. ”

Love Island host Caroline Flack leaves Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court in North London with two police officers. She appeared there on December 23 to be granted bail prior to her trial on March 4

Love Island host Caroline Flack leaves Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court in North London with two police officers. She appeared there on December 23 to be granted bail prior to her trial on March 4

Love Island host Caroline Flack leaves Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court in North London with two police officers. She appeared there on December 23 to be granted bail prior to her trial on March 4

Burton posted a picture of himself with Flack on his Instagram

Burton posted a picture of himself with Flack on his Instagram

Flack did not plead guilty to attacking friend Burton

Flack did not plead guilty to attacking friend Burton

Burton posted a picture of himself with Flack on his Instagram after the court case with the comment: “It’s heartbreaking that I can’t see my girlfriend at Christmas.” “What I experienced today was terrible. Arguments happen every day in every relationship. “Dismissed, I can’t protect her now.”

Flack receives a kiss from her mother Christine Flack

Flack krijgt een kus van haar moeder Christine Flack

Flack knuffelt haar moeder Christine Flack

Flack knuffelt haar moeder Christine Flack

Flack krijgt een kus en een knuffel van haar moeder Christine Flack na de zaak aan het Highbury Corner Magistrates Court

Presentator Laura Whitmore van Love Island leidde gisteravond eerbetoon aan Flack toen ze op Twitter postte: ‘Ik probeer de woorden te vinden maar ik kan het niet’ met een gebroken hart-emoji en een gedicht over verlies gepost.

Ze plaatste ook een video van het paar dat samen op Instagram danste met het hartverscheurende bijschrift: ‘Tot ziens op de dansvloer’.

Beroemdheden en voormalige deelnemers aan Love Island overspoelden sociale media met eerbetoon aan de sterpresentator, die haar beschreef als ‘zeer geliefd’ en ‘een van de grappigste, warmste mensen’.

David Walliams staat tegenover Twitter-reactie over ‘goedkope’ grap over Caroline Flack tijdens het uitreiken van de National Television Awards

David Walliams kreeg te maken met een Twitter-reactie over een ‘goedkope’ grap over Caroline Flack die hij maakte tijdens de uitreiking van de National Television Awards van dit jaar.

Tijdens de prijsuitreiking zei hij: 'Het is leuk om Caroline Flack terug te zien op tv.' Zijn opmerking werd opgewekt door het publiek '

Tijdens de prijsuitreiking zei hij: 'Het is leuk om Caroline Flack terug te zien op tv.' Zijn opmerking werd opgewekt door het publiek '

Tijdens de prijsuitreiking zei hij: ‘Het is leuk om Caroline Flack terug te zien op tv.’ Zijn opmerking werd opgewekt door het publiek ‘

De Little Britain-ster en Britain’s Got Talent-rechter werd fel bekritiseerd voor een opmerking die hij maakte over de carrière van wijlen Love Island presentator.

At the time, Flack had stepped down from hosting the ITV2 reality show and had retreated from public life after she was charged with assaulting boyfriend Lewis Burton.

During the awards ceremony in London last month, the Hedgehog character from ITV’s The Masked Singer appeared on stage and Walliams insinuated that Flack was inside the costume.

He said: ‘It’s nice to see Caroline Flack back on TV.’ His remark was met with boos from the audience.

After Flack’s death was announced, thousands of Twitter users demanded that Walliams should apologise to Flack’s family about the jibe.

Former contestant Wes Nelson said she is an ‘absolute diamond’ and that he is devastated by the loss.

Series three contestant Chris Hughes who said: ‘Words can’t sum this up. Such a pity. Another amazing person taking from this cruel world… Can’t believe to imagine the pain. God bless Caroline and her family. Rest tight.’

Series five finalist Molly-Mae Hague said: ‘I’m utterly shocked and heartbroken. Caroline you were such a special woman. Your huge smile will stay with me forever… Rest in peace.’ And Series five contestant Maura Higgins posted: ‘Heartbreaking news. In a world where you can be anything, be kind.’

TV presenter and columnist Piers Morgan tweeted: ‘Caroline was a fun, bright and sparky person whose whole world collapsed recently, both professionally and personally.

“She told me that it had been the worst time of her life and that she was clearly struggling to lose everything she held dear. This is so sad, terrible news. “

Strictly Come Dancing also paid tribute  to the presenter, who won the series in 2014, saying: ‘The entire Strictly Come Dancing family are heartbroken to hear this incredibly sad news. Caroline had an infectious energy and passion for dance, she shone brightly in the Strictly ballroom every week and became an incredible champion.

‘Words cannot express our sadness, she was simply one of a kind. We are sending our love to all her family and friends during this difficult time.’

Series Two contestant Kady McDermott, who featured heavily in the show, paid tribute to the presenter’s kindness. ‘Devastated to hear the news about Caroline Flack,’ she posted. ‘Caroline was nothing but kind to me and that’s how I will always remember her.

‘Saddens me so much when people think the only way out is death. My prayers and thoughts go out to Caroline’s friends and family. Heartbreaking’.

Love Island presenter Laura Whitmore led tributes to Caroline Flack last night, posting online saying she didn't know what to say. She also uploaded a photo of them both together at a party with the caption: 'See you on the dance floor'

Love Island presenter Laura Whitmore led tributes to Caroline Flack last night, posting online saying she didn't know what to say. She also uploaded a photo of them both together at a party with the caption: 'See you on the dance floor'

Love Island presenter Laura Whitmore led tributes to Caroline Flack last night, posting online saying she didn’t know what to say. She also uploaded a photo of them both together at a party with the caption: ‘See you on the dance floor’

Strictly Come Dancing also paid tribute to star Flack and used a picture of her winning the competition in 2014

Strictly Come Dancing also paid tribute to star Flack and used a picture of her winning the competition in 2014

Strictly Come Dancing also paid tribute to star Flack and used a picture of her winning the competition in 2014

TV presenter and columnist Piers Morgan paid tribute to the Love Island presenter and described her as a 'fun, bright and sparky' personality

TV presenter and columnist Piers Morgan paid tribute to the Love Island presenter and described her as a 'fun, bright and sparky' personality

TV presenter and columnist Piers Morgan paid tribute to the Love Island presenter and described her as a ‘fun, bright and sparky’ personality

Series two contestants Olivia Buckland and Malin Andersson paid their respects to the presenter while series three contestant Amber Davies tweeted: ‘My heart is actually broken’.

Last summer’s series participant Joe Garratt wrote: ‘Feel so sad, can’t believe what I’ve heard! Bless her heart… such an amazing woman with so much more life to live. RIP Caroline xx.’

‘You never know what others are going through’: Coleen Rooney pays tribute to Caroline Flack hours after star was found dead in her flat at the age of 40

Coleen Rooney has shared a poignant tribute to Caroline Flack hours after the Love Island host was found dead in her flat aged 40.

Heartbreak: Coleen Rooney has shared a poignant tribute to Caroline Flack hours after the Love Island host was found dead in her flat aged 40

Heartbreak: Coleen Rooney has shared a poignant tribute to Caroline Flack hours after the Love Island host was found dead in her flat aged 40

Heartbreak: Coleen Rooney has shared a poignant tribute to Caroline Flack hours after the Love Island host was found dead in her flat aged 40

The former Love Island host, 40, was found dead at her London flat on Saturday, February 15, just weeks before she was due to go on trial for assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton, 27.

Coleen wrote: ‘Heartbreaking people really don’t know what others are going through or feel. Thoughts and prayers are with Caroline’s family and friends. Rest in PEACE Caroline.’

Caroline took her own life after a worried friend who was staying with her went to the shops and left the former Love Island presenter alone in her London apartment.

Her management struck the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for pursuing the “show process” after Lewis said he did not want to file a complaint.

Shocked Davina McCall said in a statement: ‘I might be quiet tonight on social media… just doesn’t seem right.’

Comedian and actor Jack Whitehall described Flack as a ‘fun, kind beautiful person’ in a tribute last night and said it was ‘so unfair that this has happened’.

‘Let’s pray we learn from this and remember to be a little bit more compassionate to people when they are down.’

Fellow ITV presenter Phillip Schofield shared one of Flack’s previous posts to his Instagram story. It read: ‘In a world where you can be anything, be kind. You  poor darling  girl my heart is breaking. #BeKind.’

This  Morning presenter Holly Willoughby shared a picture of herself with Flack and wrote: ‘Utterly heart breaking… life is so precious and yet so fragile.’

Stand-up comedian Keith Lemon posted a picture of himself with Flack on Instagram and wrote: ‘Shocked. I’ve known Carolne all my telly life. I have no words. Love her family.’

TV presenters Ant and Dec tweeted: ‘We are both devastated by the  news about Caroline Flack. It is beyond sad. Beyond words. So tragic. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. Rest in peace Caroline.’

Kelly Osbourne posted on Instagram: ‘Words are way more powerful than you think… never forget to tell your loved ones that you love them. What a special person Caroline was. She lit up every room because she shined so bright.’

Cheryl posted on Instagram that the news of her death was ‘just so utterly gut wrenchingly tragic’.

‘I can’t even find my words,’ she said. ‘Rest in peace Caroline. I wish we could just be kinder. I wish we could just be open minded to  each other  and I wish  we could be more understanding  and mindful of one another and what issues  people may be struggling with beneath the  surface. We’re all human!’

This Morning presenter Eamonn Holmes, 60, tweeted: ‘Caroline Flack …. Dear God. Incredibly shocked. May they have found peace. #Rip Has to be repercussions for Love Island now surely?’

A message left on a London Underground noticeboard read: ‘Rest in peace caroline flack. May you find the peace in heaven that you couldn’t find on earth; you will always be loved, forever missed and never forgotten. If only you could see your true worth. Thoughts and prayers to you, your family, you friends and your fans.’

A rose and bunch of flowers were also laid outside her former address in Islington.

Her death has sparked calls for ITV bosses to pull the plug on Love Island as it follows the suicides of two former contestants of the reality show

Her death has sparked calls for ITV bosses to pull the plug on Love Island as it follows the suicides of two former contestants of the reality show

Her death has sparked calls for ITV bosses to pull the plug on Love Island as it follows the suicides of two former contestants of the reality show

Flack’s personal woes began when police were seen outside this Islington residence, where she lived with Burton, during the early hours of December 14 after reports emerged that a man had been attacked.

The day before, photos of the blood-splashed front door of the Flack appeared. It was reported that Burton shouted ‘I was normal till I met her’ as she was arrested by police.

Witnesses described ‘total chaos’ outside Flack’s home as police arrived to diffuse the situation with her boyfriend.

Flack is said to have needed hospital treatment after she accidentally cut herself on broken glass during the incident.

Burton, who has been banned from contacting Flack, was recently forced to deny claims that the couple had split and that he had been texting another woman while she was on a recent trip to LA.

Her death has sparked calls for ITV bosses to pull the plug on Love Island as it follows the suicides of two former contestants of the reality show.

If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org

Sophie Gradon, 32, and Michael Thalassitis, 26, hanged themselves after going on Love Island

Sophie Gradon, 32, from Newcastle. Died on 20 June, 2018

The former Love Island contestant hanged herself in her home in Newcastle after drinking  alcohol and taking cocaine two years following her appearance on the ITV2 show.

The former reality star and Miss Great Britain, 2009, was tragically found dead by her boyfriend Aaron Armstrong, who shared a picture of them together with the words: ‘I will never forget that smile I love you so so much baby your my world forever ever and always’.

Ms Gradon’s inquest heard the former contestant had been battling with crippling anxiety and depression in the months leading up to her death.

The inquest heard the last person she spoke to on the day of her death was friend Sondeep Gill, whom she told she was having ‘suicidal thoughts’ since the death of close friend Paul Burns, who had previously ‘saved her from suicide’.

Paying tribute to their daughter, her parents said in 2018: ‘Sophie spent an idyllic childhood in Gosforth, Newcastle, and then moved at the age of 10 to Ponteland in Northumberland.

‘Sophie told us she had just met someone new and had been on a lunch date with him.

‘She was excited at the prospect of starting a new relationship and it was her fullest intention to introduce us to him when the time was right.

‘At the time of Sophie’s sudden and tragic passing, she had only been involved with Armstrong for five weeks.’

The former Love Island star, right, was found by boyfriend Aaron Armstrong, left, who himself was found dead at home 20 days later

The former Love Island star, right, was found by boyfriend Aaron Armstrong, left, who himself was found dead at home 20 days later

The former Love Island star, right, was found by boyfriend Aaron Armstrong, left, who himself was found dead at home 20 days later

Miss Gradon was a former Miss Newcastle and competed in Miss Great Britain, pictured, in 2009

Miss Gradon was a former Miss Newcastle and competed in Miss Great Britain, pictured, in 2009

Miss Gradon was a contestant in the 2016 series of Love Island, coupling with barman Tom Powell and then glamour model Katy Salmon in the show's first same sex relationship

Miss Gradon was a contestant in the 2016 series of Love Island, coupling with barman Tom Powell and then glamour model Katy Salmon in the show's first same sex relationship

The former beauty pageant winner, left, competed on Love Island in 2016,right, and was involved in the show’s first same-sex coupling with Katy Salmon

Mike Thalassitis, 26, from North London. Died on 16 March 2019

The former Love Island star hanged himself in a park near his home after his alcohol and cocaine binge.

Mr Thalassitis, 26, was found dead by a woman out jogging near his home in Edmonton, north London. He had left a harrowing note to his family in a  book next to his body which ‘clearly set out his intention that his life should come to an end’, his inquest heard.

His death was ruled a suicide after a toxicology report found he had taken a lethal amount of cocaine, alcohol and paracetamol before hanging  himself.

His family paid tribute to the star as a ‘wonderful son and brother’. They attended his inquest along with all contestants on Love Island 2017.

Paying respect: Mr Thalassitis appeared on season three of Love Island in 2017 (pictured)

Paying respect: Mr Thalassitis appeared on season three of Love Island in 2017 (pictured)

Paying respect: Mr Thalassitis appeared on season three of Love Island in 2017 (pictured)

According to Montana Brown (pictured this morning), Mr Thalassitis had been in a 'dark place' in the months before he died

According to Montana Brown (pictured this morning), Mr Thalassitis had been in a 'dark place' in the months before he died

Mike Thalassitis left notes to his family before taking his own life

Mike Thalassitis left notes to his family before taking his own life

According to Montana Brown (pictured left this morning), Mike (right) had been in a ‘dark place’ in the months before he died

CAROLINE FLACK: A CALL FOR HELP?

Caroline Flack often spoke about her struggles, both in interviews and on social media.

Caroline said, after her strict success: “Fame doesn’t make you happy”

STRICT COURSE?

The winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2014 said she felt depressed after her victory at the BBC show.

After winning the series together with professional partner Pasha Kovalev, she admitted that she felt she was “held together by a string that could break at any time.”

In an unearthed interview by the Daily star After her death, Caroline claimed that: “It all started the day after I won Strictly. I woke up and felt that someone had covered my body with cling film. I couldn’t get up and couldn’t pick myself up next year. “

She went on: ‘People see the lifestyle of celebrities and assume that everything is perfect, but we are just like everyone else. Everyone fights against something emotional behind closed doors – that is life.

Ignored? “When I actually contacted someone, they said I was tapping,” Caroline admitted in October 2019

“Fame doesn’t make you happy.”

“BEING A BURDEN IS MY BIGGEST FEAR”

In an Instagram post she uploaded on October 14, 2019 – on the occasion of World Mental Health Day – Caroline kept a photo of herself: “On some days it is difficult to write your feelings that you are not in the right place.

“I’ve been in a very weird place for the last few weeks … I find it hard to talk about it … I think it’s fear and pressure of life … and when I actually approached someone, they said I was tapping.

“I feel that this is why some people keep their emotions to themselves. I certainly hate to talk about my feelings. And being a burden is my biggest fear …

“I’m lucky that I can pick myself up if it feels like it. But what happens if someone can’t do that. Be kind to people. You never know what’s going on. Ever.’ [sic]

SOCIAL SILENCE

Signs of suicide? She loved tweets about calling the Samaritans during Christmas

Signs of suicide? She loved tweets about calling the Samaritans during Christmas

Signs of suicide? She loved tweets about calling the Samaritans during Christmas

Caroline was told to stay out of social media after her attack in December 2019.

However, she especially liked a series of tweets in the following days, before Christmas, to encourage those who felt lonely during the holidays to seek help.

The tweets – posted by actress Sheridan Smith, journalist Stacey Dooley and comedian Luke Kempner – contain the telephone number for the suicide hotline of The Samaritans.

She also posted on Instagram around the same time: “This kind of research and speculation is a lot to undertake for a person … I am a human at the end of the day and I am not silenced when I have a story have to tell and a life to continue with …

‘I take some free time to feel better and to learn some lessons from situations that concern myself. I have nothing but love to give and the best wishes for everyone. “

SELF-HELP?

Reportedly Caroline had decided to write a book during her recent free time.

“Caroline has found the process incredibly cathartic,” one of her friends told Mail. ‘She wants it to be more than just a story about her. She wants to talk about the problems she has encountered and how she has overcome them.

“She hopes to be able to help others who may have similar problems. Partly self-help, partly memoir is the style that Caroline is looking for. “

From CBBC star to household name: How Caroline Flack became one of the most famous faces on TV after landing I’m A Celeb job before earning army of fans by winning Strictly Come Dancing

By Laura Fox for MailOnline

Caroline Flack was the presenter of Love Island who gained enormous fame, but her dream job lost only a few months before she was found at the age of 40.

The star first became known as a CBBC presenter in the mid-2000s, before he got a job as host of The Xtra Factor in 2011.

After being crowned Strictly Come Dancing champion in 2014, Caroline landed the ultimate job as host of Love Island in 2015, but resigned last year after being arrested for mistreatment.

Career: Caroline Flack was the presenter of Love Island who had a huge turnout, but lost her dream job only a few months before she was found at the age of 40

Career: Caroline Flack was the presenter of Love Island who had a huge turnout, but lost her dream job only a few months before she was found at the age of 40

Career: Caroline Flack was the presenter of Love Island who had a huge turnout, but lost her dream job only a few months before she was found at the age of 40

Caroline grew up in Great Hockham near Norwich with her twin sister Jody and got a place at a Cambridge school just 16 years old.

She first became known in the mid-2000s when she appeared in the CBBC series TMI with Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes, and in 2008 took over the acquisition of Kirsty Gallacher as host of Gladiators.

In 2009 the star received the work as host of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Here Here Now! and in 2011 she joined forces with Olly Murs as host of The Xtra Factor to replace Konnie Huq.

The couple took over as the main hosts of The X Factor in 2015, but were replaced by the returning Dermot O ‘Leary after a mixed reaction from viewers.

TV star: She first rose to fame in the mid 2000s when she hosted the CBBC series TMI, and in 2008 (pictured) took over from Kirsty Gallacher as the host of Gladiators

TV star: She first rose to fame in the mid 2000s when she hosted the CBBC series TMI, and in 2008 (pictured) took over from Kirsty Gallacher as the host of Gladiators

TV star: She first rose to fame in the mid 2000s when she hosted the CBBC series TMI, and in 2008 (pictured) took over from Kirsty Gallacher as the host of Gladiators

Dynamic duo: In 2011 she took over as host of The Xtra Factor alongside Olly Murs (above in 2012) and they went onto present the main show in 2015

Dynamic duo: In 2011 she took over as host of The Xtra Factor alongside Olly Murs (above in 2012) and they went onto present the main show in 2015

Dynamic duo: In 2011 she took over as host of The Xtra Factor alongside Olly Murs (above in 2012) and they went onto present the main show in 2015

Caroline went on to earn a whole new army of fans when she was crowned the winner of Strictly Come Dancing in 2014 alongside professional partner Pasha Kovalev.

Four years later, she talked about the difficulties she faced after lifting the Glitterball Trophy, telling The sun that she felt as though her body was ‘covered’ in ‘clingfilm’ the morning after her dancefloor triumph, adding that she felt ‘ridiculous’ feeling so low.

She added, “I couldn’t get up and couldn’t pick myself up that next year.”

In March 2019, Caroline took part in an episode of Channel 4’s charity show The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer alongside other celebrities including journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy, actor Greg Wise and boxer Nicola Adams.

Caroline made her West End stage debut playing Roxie Hart in Chicago in 2018 having previously appeared on stage in a touring version of Crazy For You.

In 2015, she released an autobiography called Storm In A C Cup.

Aside from her career, Caroline’s love life has made headlines over the years thanks to romances with the likes of Harry Styles and Prince Harry.

In 2011, she was linked to One Direction star Harry, who had been on The X Factor the previous year, when he was 17 and she was 31.

Out: Caroline and Olly only hosted The X Factor for one series, but they were replaced by Dermot O'Leary after earning a mixed reaction from viewers

Out: Caroline and Olly only hosted The X Factor for one series, but they were replaced by Dermot O'Leary after earning a mixed reaction from viewers

Out: Caroline and Olly only hosted The X Factor for one series, but they were replaced by Dermot O’Leary after earning a mixed reaction from viewers

In her autobiography, Caroline went into detail about how she met Prince Harry on a night out in 2009 through mutual friend Natalie Pinkham after she had split with a boyfriend.

She said they ‘spent the evening chatting and laughing’, but ‘once the story got out, that was it. We had to stop seeing each other.

‘I was no longer Caroline Flack, TV presenter, I was Caroline Flack, Prince Harry’s bit of rough.’

Caroline became engaged to former Apprentice and Celebrity Big Brother star Andrew Brady in April 2018, but the pair split a few months later.

Most recently she had been in a relationship with former tennis player Lewis Burton.

But in December last year, Caroline denied assaulting him in an incident that left them both covered in blood in scenes likened to a ‘horror movie’.

The alleged incident saw Flack step down as host of the winter series of Love Island, after it was alleged she hit Burton, 27, over the head with a lamp, causing a head injury.

But former professional tennis player and model Lewis said he did not support the prosecution and insisted he was not a victim, Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court was told.

He spoke out in defence of Flack, saying she has become the subject of a ‘witch hunt’ following her arrest.

Riding high: Caroline earned a new army of fans when she was crowned the winner of Strictly Come Dancing in 2014 alongside professional partner Pasha Kovalev

Riding high: Caroline earned a new army of fans when she was crowned the winner of Strictly Come Dancing in 2014 alongside professional partner Pasha Kovalev

Riding high: Caroline earned a new army of fans when she was crowned the winner of Strictly Come Dancing in 2014 alongside professional partner Pasha Kovalev

Bubbly, mischievous and admired by millions, Caroline Flack was a troubled romantic who never did find true love, writes KATIE HIND

By Katie Hind  for The Mail on Sunday

Caroline Flack took on the mantle of Cilla Black as Britain’s favourite matchmaker yet she was never able to find true happiness for herself. While Cilla relied on a sliding screen, puns and homespun contestants to dominate TV in the 1980s and 1990s with Blind Date, Caroline’s show – Love Island – was much more sexually charged, packed with highly visible wannabes with barely-there bikinis, spray tans and chiselled jaws.

What both Caroline and Cilla had in common was likeability – and millions of TV viewers tuned in.

On screen, Caroline was funny and mischievous and wore her heart on her sleeve. Off-screen she battled demons, driven in large part by an unfulfilled desire to find love and her looming court case, carrying with it the threat of prison.

She had found success relatively late in life. She did not become a household name until 2014 when she won Strictly Come Dancing, but Love Island propelled her to a different level.

It is perhaps unsurprising therefore that being forced to step aside for the current series of the ITV show – after being charged with beating her boyfriend Lewis Burton – was a hammer blow.

Caroline Flack and Andrew Brady. The pair got engaged in April 2018 after dating for three months

Caroline Flack and Andrew Brady. The pair got engaged in April 2018 after dating for three months

Caroline Flack and Andrew Brady. The pair got engaged in April 2018 after dating for three months

Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev were crowned the winners of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing in 2014

Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev were crowned the winners of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing in 2014

Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev were crowned the winners of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing in 2014

Her love life was complicated and often chaotic, yet she always insisted her search for ‘the one’ would continue.

‘Even though I’ve had ups and downs in my love life, I do still adore love,’ she said recently.

Early in her career, Caroline was romantically linked to Prince Harry, although she never confirmed the rumours.

In 2011, she began dating another Harry – Harry Styles, the One Direction singer. She was 32, he was 17 but she laughed off continuous teasing about dating such a young man.

She didn’t share the prevailing view that the relationship would not last and the pair moved in together.

Styles adored her fun-loving personality and lifestyle and she found him utterly handsome. Sadly, the pessimists were right and the relationship fizzled out.

In 2014-15, Caroline dated music manager Jack Street, but his work with chart-topping singer Sam Smith, which took him regularly to Hollywood while she was competing on Strictly, put a strain on the relationship.

They tried to move in together, but their romance ended when Street was rumoured to have grown close to Glee actress Dianna Agron.

Witty Caroline took to social media to write: ‘Fill yourself with GLEE Jack.’ She quickly deleted the message, though it indicates her often impulsive character.

There were always rumours that she and her X Factor co-star Olly Murs had secretly dated, though they both denied it.

Caroline's boyfriend Lewis Burton leaving Highbury Corner Magistrates Court in December

Caroline's boyfriend Lewis Burton leaving Highbury Corner Magistrates Court in December

Caroline’s boyfriend Lewis Burton leaving Highbury Corner Magistrates Court in December

Then Andrew Brady came along, a model 12 years her junior, and he soon moved into her London flat where she was found dead yesterday. Their relationship was turbulent, with regular rows. One report said Brady called police after she threatened to commit suicide. Finally, after taking advice from friends, she dumped him.

Next came Lewis Burton, a tennis player turned model, who at 27 was 13 years younger than Caroline. They met last August and she quickly fell in love with him.

Ever optimistic, she moved him into her bachelorette pad on the outskirts of trendy Islington. He remained there until the fateful night of December 12 when police were called in the early hours of the morning after the pair had enjoyed a meal with friends at Soho bar Bob Bob Ricard.

That was their last date and would be the last time they saw each other because, following a 999 call to police by Burton, Caroline was arrested on suspicion of assault.

Subsequent bail conditions meant they were unable to see one another or even communicate personally. Instead they used social media to share their love.

Caroline was extremely close to her family, particularly her twin sister Jodie. They both lived in London and spent much time together. Born and raised in what she described as the ‘middle of nowhere’ in Norfolk, Caroline’s first tilt at showbiz came when she sent a VHS video made on her dad Ian’s camcorder to talent agent John Noel.

She admitted to being ‘that girl’ at school who would persuade teachers to let her perform a dance routine in assembly, recruiting whoever in her music class was best at the keyboard to provide accompaniment.

After leaving school at 16 to attend a dance academy in Cambridge, she moved to London, aged 19, with the aim of acting, dancing or getting her name in lights. She landed a part in a 2001 film called Is Harry On The Boat? and would laugh about her one-scene role that she described as ‘the blonde who snogged Danny Dyer.’

Caroline Flack pictured with Jack Street. The pair dated for 18 months before breaking things off in 2014

Caroline Flack pictured with Jack Street. The pair dated for 18 months before breaking things off in 2014

Caroline Flack pictured with Jack Street. The pair dated for 18 months before breaking things off in 2014

In her autobiography Storm In A C Cup, she described how, after experiencing several knockbacks, she switched her dream to TV presenting. She recalled landing the role of presenter on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now! – a spin-off show supporting the main TV event – as the moment she felt she had ‘made it’ at the age of 30.

She also hosted ITV’s popular X Factor sister series The Xtra Factor in 2014 but after being unceremoniously dropped, the BBC offered her the chance to take part in that year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing.

She won – and her success alongside professional dancer Pasha Kovalev prompted X Factor mogul Simon Cowell to take her back – this time as host of the main show alongside Murs. The partnership only lasted one series – but then came her big break, when she landed Love Island.

Caroline was bubbly but tough as old boots when she needed to be. She rolled with the punches like nobody else I had ever met.

I remember once writing an opinion piece in a former job in 2014 where I was a little too critical about her departure from the Xtra Factor. Just a few weeks later I was having dinner in Soho club the Groucho when she arrived with a friend and carrying bags full of shopping. She sat down at a table opposite me and stuck her middle finger up at me.

She gave me a wink, I went over, we embraced and she said: ‘Don’t worry, Katie. I’m thick-skinned by now. You must know that. I have got no choice.’

To friends she was loyal – she would help anybody if she could. She was a giver, a person who wanted to put a smile on other people’s faces. A perfect example of this came when one of her closest friends celebrated her 40th birthday at the end of 2018.

Caroline had just joined the West End production of Chicago where she played the lead role of Roxie Hart, and had two weeks to get show-ready.

Her friend had long planned her celebrations in Margate and Caroline was gutted that she just couldn’t make it.

The birthday girl and the rest of the party fully understood, knowing Caroline would never miss a party if she didn’t have to.

However, at 11pm that night she turned up out of the blue, exclaiming: ‘I just couldn’t miss it!’

She stayed for two hours before getting a car home.

I last saw her in June at the House Festival at Kenwood House, North London. She was in a joyous mood, knocking back the vast array of drinks available and holding court with a bunch of journalists.

I will for ever remember her laughing – she had a loud giggle, and an equally loud voice.

Unlike many celebrities, she was an open book, she hid nothing from us and that’s why we loved her.

Her friend, the much-loved Love Island contestant Mike Thalassitis, had recently died and her beloved show was under attack, along with ITV. She was asked how she felt about the situation, and whether she thought the programme should be cancelled. She backed it to the hilt, insisting that it was her life.

How tremendously sad it is that perhaps a reason behind her tragic passing is that she was no longer allowed to be a part of it.

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