Louise Redknapp has brought an emotional tribute to Caroline Flack, while the two-week anniversary of the death of the former Love Island host is approaching.
Louise, 45, posted a photo of her on Instagram during a night out with Caroline and comedian Keith Lemon and another friend.
She and Caroline looked relaxed and happy in the throwback, which Louise endorsed: ‘Memory of one of my most favorite nights with this special lady and some of my favorite people.
“Always think of you”: Louise Redknapp has brought an emotional tribute to Caroline Flack, while the two-week anniversary of the death of the former Love Island host is coming closer
“So grateful for my friendships @littleblondebear @keithlemon ❤️ I always think of you #BeKind”
Keith answered: “Ah beautiful times x”
Caroline died at the age of 40, the day after Valentine’s Day, in her new flat in Stoke Newington, London, hours after she was told that she would stand trial for friend Lewis Burton’s alleged attack last year – while the producer-friend who was staying with her went to the stores.
In a message the day after the news came out, Louise revealed that the couple became close friends after Caroline contacted her when she was going through a difficult time after the failure of her 19-year marriage to Jamie Redknapp in 2017.
Tribute: Louise posted a photo of her on Instagram during a night out with Caroline [pictured in 2016]
Louise endorsed her snap: “Memory of one of my most favorite nights with this special lady and some of my favorite people”
Louise wrote: ‘I am not sure where to start with this, it is so heartbreaking.
“Caroline, when it was hard for me and you were going through such a difficult time, you contacted me and it was so nice to have someone who had been there and experienced the same emotions and feelings as I did, though different circumstances.
“I always think it takes a certain soul to reach someone they don’t know very well and speak from the heart, but you did that for me and from that moment a close friendship was established.
‘I am so proud that I was someone who felt that you could trust and that you could talk about anything at any time.
She added: “So grateful for my friendships @littleblondebear @keithlemon ❤️ I always think of you #BeKind”
Best friends: Former Eternal singer Louise, 45, revealed that the couple became close friends after Caroline reached her when she was going through a difficult time after the failure of her 19-year marriage to Jamie Redknapp in 2017
“I know it was really important for you to love and care for you and I wish you could see how loved you were by so many people. You have not earned all this what happened.
Louise praised Caroline for giving her the confidence to restart her music career after years in the industry, and to support her during the journey.
She continued: “You were the friendliest, smartest, and most sincere friend I met in this industry. You came back to the industry at every show I ever did, you helped me believe I could go back and do something that I never thought I could do again.
‘Whether it was a small DJ set, a West-End show or a music performance, you were the smartest loudest biggest loyal supporter there.
“We often talked about the people we wanted to be, about being strong women, because they didn’t let us hurt by standing up for what we believe in and support each other.
She wrote: “Caroline when it was difficult for me and you were going through such a difficult time that you contacted me and it was so much fun”
There for you: Louise praised Caroline for giving her the confidence to restart her music career after years in the industry, and for her empowerment during the journey
“And I’m going to do my best to be the person you and I talked about. I’m going to try to do this for us for all the good things we said and the positive conversations we had with you were an absolute star, a nugget of gold.
‘I feel really happy that I had you as a friend, you were the girl everyone wanted to be friends with and wanted to be in your corner during a night out. We would always have so much fun.
“I know this will be hard for everyone to come to terms with, but all I can say is that I will try to speak to you, I will try to live by all the things we have talked about and I will try to to be a voice and the best I can be for you. Caroline, I was so proud to be your friend, you were our girl! ”
Caroline took antidepressants in her fight against mental health problems and was terrified of the prospect of her upcoming trial.
The distraught TV presenter was supposed to be shocked by the prospect of a “show trial” about an alleged attack on her boyfriend and was afraid she could not handle the fall-out.
Career revival: Louise and Jamie are shown at the Brit Awards in 2016
Friends said she was harassed by the idea that a jury would see images of the police body cam taken on the night she was accused of attacking Lewis Burton, 27. She had hoped the trial would not would continue.
A court had heard that the police had found the couple covered in blood and that Miss Flack had cut her wrist. The revelations about her mental health raised questions about whether she received sufficient help to tackle her depression and panic attacks.
The images would have shown that the presenter is in a state of emergency and undressing.
On the night of her arrest it was also reported that the police were concerned about “deep self-inflicted wounds” and that Flack had been taken to the hospital for urgent treatment. It was reported that Flack had been treated for 12 hours before she was deemed fit enough to be interviewed by officers under caution.
ITV canceled planned Love Island episodes the weekend she died, but the show continued to run the following week until the scheduled final last Sunday.
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. “