Love Island Host Caroline Flack Commits Suicide

Love Island Host Caroline Flack Commits Suicide

Caroline Flack, the former host of reality TV show Love Island, committed suicide at her London home on Saturday. Caroline had been vocal about her mental health struggles on TV and social media

Caroline Flack, the former host of reality TV show Love Island, was found dead at her London home on Saturday. Her family lawyer revealed that the English TV and radio presenter had taken her own life. Her family issued a statement, which said, “We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today, 15 February. We would ask that the press respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time and we would ask they make no attempt to contact us and/or photograph us.” Caroline, 40, was supposed to go on trial on 4th March for assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton.

In December 2019, she was arrested and charged with attacking Lewis, 27, with a lamp at their home. She was released on bail but was restricted from contacting Lewis before the trial. According to reports, Lewis did not support her prosecution. Following her death, he took to Instagram to post a picture with Caroline and wrote, “My heart is broken we had something so special. I am so lost for words I am in so much pain I miss you so much I know you felt safe with me you always said I don’t think about anything else when I am with you and I was not allowed to be there this time I kept asking and asking. I will be your voice baby 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 make you proud everyday. I love you with all my heart.” 

Caroline had been vocal about her mental health struggles on television and on social media. After winning BBC show Strictly Come Dancing in 2014, Caroline had said she felt like she was “being held together by a piece of string which could snap at any time.” In an interview with the Daily Star, she said, “It all started the day after I won Strictly. I woke up and felt like somebody had covered my body in clingfilm. I couldn't get up and just couldn't pick myself up at all that next year. People see the celebrity lifestyle and assume everything is perfect, but we're just like everyone else. Everyone is battling something emotional behind closed doors - that's life.”

Caroline’s friends, colleagues and fans took to Twitter to pay tribute to the entertainer. Some of them also criticised British tabloids and internet trolls for bullying her. Actress Glynis Barber tweeted, “We casually destroy people with our judgement, criticism and thoughtless but vicious words. Social media has awakened a monster that just grows and grows. So so sad. Such a waste. So sickening. RIP #CarolineFlack”

Robbie Fowler wrote, “Horrendous news about #CarolineFlack Many factors aided this, from trolls right through to media, think before you write/tweet, some people aren’t as strong as you think… Power of social media can be can also be shit.”

Elle, sharing an old post by Caroline on mental health, tweeted, “She was open about her struggles with mental health before any sort of allegations. We’re all guilty of something, but please don’t let it be bullying from this day on. #CarolineFlack”

Marie Hall said, “I wonder what she aspired to be as a little girl? I wonder what dreams she had for the future? I wonder how many people she made feel better? How many hands she held, hugs she’s give and kind smiles? An actual person, with actual feelings. #CarolineFlack So sorry Caroline.”

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By Ayesha Hoda
Ayesha Hoda is a senior communications professional and writer, currently based in Dubai, UAE.