Caroline Flack fought celeb culture with kindness as she battled her own demons

Caroline Flack fought celebrity culture with kindness while she battled her own demons.

The former Love Island presenter always took time to perform many acts of kindness – no matter how big or small – despite the fierce swim-or-sink nature of the spotlight.

Behind closed doors, the television host was battling with her own demons as she was searingly honest in her final statement about her emotional breakdown spanning more than 10 years.

Sadly unable to conquer her demons, Caroline took her own life aged 40 at her flat in London over the weekend just weeks ahead of her trial on March 4.

During her lifetime in the limelight, the television host put aside her own mental health battles while doing her job as she wanted people feel as comfortable as possible.


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The troubled star went above and beyond her job at ITV when she went out of her way to make sure the islanders felt at ease before the cameras started rolling.

Caroline took it upon herself to offer a "duty of care" to up-and-coming reality stars who were sky-rocketed to fame overnight, fresh out of villa life.

Ahead of last year's Love Island, Caroline said: "I have never been the kind of presenter to make someone feel awkward and actually I make it my duty to make them feel as comfortable as possible.


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"I am always mindful of this when I ask them questions. That’s my job to have a duty of care. I take that really seriously.

"I go and meet them before they come on the show and I would never have an islander just walk on without me going into their dressing room first and telling them exactly what I am going to ask them. I might ask you this or that but it means I am on your side."

Former Love Island 2018 contestant Amy Hart has openly spoken about Caroline's acts of kindness which put her at ease during her villa stint.


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The former Love Island host knew the cabin crew member's boyfriend of four weeks Curtis Pritchard had chosen to recouple with Jourdan Raine during Casa Amor.

In the main villa, the former air hostess discovered she had fallen head over heels for the ballroom dancer while they were parted.

Blissfully unaware, the islander launched into a spiel about how much she loved Curtis yet little did she know he was about to bring a new bombshell back.


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The Celebs Go Dating star remembered how Caroline squeezed her hand tightly during her speech to hint to her she needed to keep quiet.

She told GMB hosts: "Obviously, when I come back from Casa Amor, she [Caroline] was squeezing my hand, basically telling me to shut up because I was baring my soul when I shouldn't have been."

Also, former 2018 contestant Curtis spoke out to share Caroline always had time for people as he reminisced on the first time he met the presenter on Lorraine.

He told Christine Lampard: "She was such a big part of the show. I remember the first time I met her in a recoupling. We didn't get a lot of time to talk but she was so professional at what she did.


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"We got to meet her after the final. Lovely, bubbly, great personality. She didn't push anyone away. She was there for you."

Other islanders also noted Caroline's kindness as Zara Holland remembered when the TV host was always "kind" to her and her family.

The model had been stripped of her Miss GB title for having sex in the Love Island villa in 2016.


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She said: “Caroline Flack you supported me always, you were so kind to me & my family, I will never forget that.”

Despite her outwards kindness and sparkle, Caroline was weighed down with her emotional woes behind closed doors.

The Strictly Come Dancing winner confessed in her 2015 autobiography Storm in a C Cup she shared she was going through one of her lowest moments despite lifting the Glitterball trophy in 2014.

Her win coincided with a break up which plunged her into a year-long depression.

She wrote: “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. Fame doesn’t make you happy.”

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