Laura Whitmore struggled to hold back her tears while bringing an emotional tribute to her friend Caroline Flack during her BBC Radio Five Live show on Sunday morning.
The presenter, 34, who replaced Caroline in the latest Love Island series, appeared a few hours after the news appeared that Caroline took her own life.
And it was clear that Laura was struggling with her grief as her voice broke while praising her friend.
Tribute: Laura Whitmore struggled to hold back her tears while bringing an emotional tribute to her friend Caroline Flack during her BBC Radio Five Live show on Sunday morning
She fought the tears and said, “I wish we could talk under better circumstances and I had debated whether I should, should or could come today.” But this is not about me, we lost someone yesterday for their time.
‘At the age of 40, Caroline Flack decided to take her own life and I want to talk about it. I want to talk about it, I want to talk about her and give her the respect she deserves and that she didn’t always get. Everyone who knew Caroline knew that she was lively, loving and passionate about life, and that is why it makes no sense at all.
“Caroline loved to dance. Angels by Robbie Williams always reminds me of her because she danced so beautifully on Strictly and I will play that song after I say what I want to say. Caroline loved music, she loved dancing. We shared many dance floors at performances and festivals.
‘I met her 10 years ago at the V festival and then we became friends. She was bubbles and ordered a room for such a small figure. She loved to laugh and had the most contagious smile. She also had many struggles. I’m not going to pretend she was perfect, but is there anyone?
Devastated: The presenter, 34, who replaced Caroline in the latest Love Island series, appeared several hours after the news that Caroline took her own life appeared on her show
“Caroline loved love. That’s all she wanted. That is why the Love Island show was important to her because it is about finding love, friendship, laughter. The problem was not the show, the show to work on was loving and caring and safe and protected. “
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.
It only came a few hours after she was told that she would be tried for alleged abuse of her friend Lewis Burton, something she denied.
Her management struck the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for pursuing the “show process” after Lewis said he did not want to file a complaint.
He said she hit him with a light in her former home in Islington in December before asking the CPS not to file a complaint.
Caroline was described by friends as the feeling “she was alone” and “could not see a way out,” according to The mirror.
It was also understood that she was struggling with her mental health prior to her death and taking antidepressants.
The death of the TV presenter was confirmed by a family lawyer. The Flack family said in a statement: “We can confirm that our Caroline died today on 15 February. We want to ask the press to respect the privacy of the family during this difficult time. “
Too soon disappeared: Caroline committed suicide at her new flat in Islington, North London, hours after she found out she would be tried over friend Lewis Burton’s alleged attack last year (shown in February 2019)
A worried producer friend stayed with the star, but discovered that after her return from the stores she could not return to her flat, a source said. She called Caroline’s father Ian who had access to the flat where he found the body of the star.
Love Island also made a statement, they said, “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.”
After Caroline’s death, many fans went to social media to demand that Love Island be assisted, after she was the third person involved in the show to take their own life.
Former participants Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon, took their own life in March 2019 and June 2018.
One of the fans that brought out the show was Eamonn Holmes presenter who paid tribute to Caroline and insisted that there should be ‘repercussions’.
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”
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]
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. “
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. “
He wrote on Twitter: “Caroline Flack …. Dear God. Incredibly shocked. May they have found peace. #Rip Should it now certainly have an impact on Love Island? ‘that generated more than 27,000 likes.
Eamonn added later: “Meaning out of respect, can the series continue?” (Sic)
A spokesperson for the CPS made a statement and said: “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.”
If you are struck by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.