Laura Whitmore bravely described one of the conversations she had with her late friend Caroline Flack.
The Irish presenter, 34, took over the role of host of Love Island when Caroline stepped down in December, after she was charged with assault after an argument with her 27-year-old Lewis Burton.
‘She told me it was good that it happened this way’: Laura Whitmore bravely detailed one of the conversations she shared with her late friend Caroline Flack (pictured in 2019)
The former MTV star admitted she suffered some backlash when she was announced as the new face of the ITV2 dating series.
Laura told ex-Saturday singer Frankie, 31, ‘People would say, I can’t believe you stole someone’s job! It is so surreal [I’m] still navigating. ‘
Despite the negativity, the host revealed that Caroline fully supported her support behind Laura’s decision.
She explained, “I’ve never told anyone this before, but one of the last things she told me is that this is probably a good thing that it happened this way because I have a lot of things that I deal with and that I have to work through. “
Candid: The presenter, 34, revealed that her boyfriend appreciated filling her shoes on Love Island (pictured) for “ handling a lot of things ” during this week’s Open Mind with Frankie Bridge
‘It was so surreal’: the former MTV star admitted she had some backlash when she was announced as the new face of the ITV2 dating series
Admitting she still hasn’t coped with her death, the grieving star added, ‘I remember thinking she would come back with a bang, maybe I was naive, but I didn’t think it would go the other way to go. My brain still hasn’t calculated it.
After the winter series, it was decided not to talk about Love Island. It’s weird because there are so many ups and downs, it was a great time working on the series. ‘
Caroline’s private funeral took place on March 10 in Greenacres in Colney, near Norwich, a ceremonial park in a 16-acre forest.
A day after the former X Factor presenter was calmed down, Laura revealed that she nearly had a panic attack from exhaustion while traveling to work.
A friend indeed: Despite the negativity, the host revealed that Caroline – who committed suicide last month at the age of 40 (pictured in 2018) – fully supported her support behind Laura’s decision
“It was the first time that I upset myself”: A day after the former X Factor host was laid down, Laura revealed she was nearing a panic attack from exhaustion (pictured earlier this month)
The Survival of the Fittest star said: ‘I’ve had panic attacks in the past when dealing with things.
“A few weeks ago, a day after Caroline’s funeral, it was the first time I upset myself and I was exhausted.
“We weren’t at the peak of COVID-19 yet, but I remember stepping on the Tube trying to stand 10 meters from everyone, and almost having a panic attack because I didn’t know if I was sick or exhausted from everything .
“I didn’t call Iain [Stirling, her boyfriend] knowing that he would panic me more, I walked around the BBC studios for about 20 minutes. After that day I didn’t really go out again. ‘
‘She told me she was inspired by me’: Frankie – who entered the 2014 edition of Strictly Come Dancing with series winner Caroline – also shared her last words with the native Enfield
Frankie – who entered the 2014 edition of Strictly Come Dancing with series winner Caroline – also shared her last words with native Enfield.
She explained, “We weren’t the best of friends, but we were on Strictly together and we have a group chat where there is still a conversation every day.
“I didn’t send her a message [the assault charge] because I thought everyone would do that.
Heartbreaking: The TV veteran died a day after she was told the CPS was prosecuting her after her feud with Lewis Burton (pictured in October)
“I was this morning talking about my book [OPEN: Why Asking for Help Can Save Your Life], and she reached out to tell me she was really inspired by me. ‘
Caroline died at her home in Stoke Newington, a day after learning that the CPS would pursue a case against her.
Caring Lou Teasdale had looked after Caroline and had come to the shops when the star took her life shortly after she left the building.
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