Caroline Flack’s mother has revealed that she can no longer bear to watch Love Island, admitting it is “terrible” to see Laura Whitmore, her daughter’s replacement, in advertisements in “almost the same dress, in almost the same pose’.
The former dating show host was found dead in her London flat on February 15 last year at the age of 40 – a day after she learned that the CPS would continue a lawsuit after a drunken argument with then-boyfriend Lewis Burton.
And in a new interview, Christine lashed out at Love Island’s treatment of her daughter amid her assault charges, accusing them of being “hypocritical” for firing her when they themselves encouraged fights between participants.
So sad: Caroline Flack’s mother has revealed she can no longer bear to watch Love Island and Laura Whitmore, her daughter’s replacement, on the show after the star’s death
The late TV host was on trial in December 2019 for assaulting her former partner Lewis, 28.
Caroline, however, strongly denied the charges and pleaded not guilty to assault by striking before the Highbury Corner Magistrates Court on 23 December.
And talk to The sunChristine said her daughter valued “loyalty and friendship” above all else, saying that the show she hosted for four years didn’t show her the same when she was fired and replaced by her friend Laura, 36.
Difficult to watch: Christine admitted it’s ‘terrible’ to see her daughter’s replacement Laura Whitmore in ads in ‘almost the same dress, in almost the same pose’
While eagerly watching the ITV2 program when her daughter was at the helm, Christine admitted she “hasn’t watched it” since Caroline died, suggesting it was too painful to see anyone else host the show where her girl ‘loved’ so much.
She said, ‘I was watching Love Island because Carrie was in it. Now it’s horrible when the ad comes out and the girl who took her place, all in almost the same dress, in almost the same pose.’
Laura took over hosting duties shortly before Caroline was scheduled to fly to South Africa for the first-ever winter edition of Love Island in January 2020.
She continued: ‘I think ITV2 could have done it a little differently. They could have done it out of respect. It’s all really good to say these movies, ‘Oh, we love Carrie blah blah blah. But you know, just have a little respect.’
Guy: In a new interview, Christine lashed out at Love Island’s treatment of her daughter amid her assault charge, accusing them of being “hypocritical” for firing her when they self-promoted fights between contestants
Meanwhile, she lashed out at the show’s “hypocritical” bosses for not assisting Caroline to follow through with her feud with Lewis, despite promoting quarrels between the couples on the show.
She explained: “It makes them fight and argue, and that’s what they made them for. And yet they fired Carrie right away [after her row with Lewis]. I haven’t watched Love Island since she died. Carrie loved that show, she loved the crew, she loved the contestants.”
MailOnline has reached out to Love Island for comment.
Tragic: The former dating show host was found dead in her London flat on February 15 last year at the age of 40 – a day after she learned the CPS would continue a lawsuit after a drunken argument with then-boyfriend Lewis Burton
After Caroline’s death, Christine reprimanded a senior Met Police officer for appealing the CPS’s decision to issue a warning to her daughter following her arrest for the alleged assault, despite officers having her at the crime scene found with an injury caused by self-harm.
She accused Detective Inspector Lauren Bateman of treating her more harshly because of her celebrity status.
DI Bateman previously denied having treated the presenter more harshly because she was famous and insisted she would “do nothing else” if faced with the case again today.
Sad: While eagerly watching the ITV2 program when her daughter was at the helm, Christine admitted she ‘hasn’t seen it’ since Caroline died, suggesting it was too painful to see anyone else host the show that her girl ‘ loved so much’
Opinion: “I was watching Love Island because Carrie was in it. Now it’s terrible when the ad comes up and the girl who took her place is all in almost the same dress, in almost the same pose’
Echoing the same sentiments in the interview with The Sun, Christine said the case had been handled “so badly” by the police, claiming that they locked up her daughter for 24 hours after the arrest, while being aware that she had been previously arrested. had tried to commit suicide.
She said someone else might have survived the public debacle, but not Caroline, because her mental health was “so very fragile.”
MailOnline has contacted the Met Police for comment.
Before Caroline passed away, the presenter suffered a social media troll attack by trolls who called her an “abuser” and said she deserved to be fired from Love Island.
No holding back: Christine called out the ITV dating show for their ‘hypocrisy’, after firing Caroline over the alleged assault, despite promoting squabbles on the show (photos of this year’s contestants Faye Winter and Teddy Soares)
The TV personality’s death caused an outpouring of grief from friends, colleagues and celebrity fans, who referred to one of the former Strictly winner’s December social media posts urging people to “Be Kind.”
While Christine acknowledged that the ‘Be Kind’ movement is great in theory, she feels that no one has really learned anything from it or acted nicer since her daughter’s death.
Instead, she feels that many individuals have simply “jumped on the bandwagon” with the social cause.
To prevent Caroline from seeing the snide comments while she was alive, Christine revealed she would have to take her phone because the presenter was “addicted” to reading the negativity.
As a result, she amassed about 20 mobile devices in an effort to protect her, despite Caroline immediately going to buy a new one.
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Incident: The late TV host was on trial in December 2019 for assaulting her former partner Lewis, 28 – and pleaded not guilty to the charges (pictured in October 2019)