Caroline Flack thought Love Island exit would help her 'work out' her problems


Caroline Flack thought being forced to quit Love Island could be good for her, Laura Whimore has claimed.

The TV presenter, 34, had replaced Caroline as the host of Love Island after her arrest for assault by beating on her boyfriend Lewis Burton.

In one of the last times they spoke, Caroline told her that having to leave the show might help her “work through” her problems.

Just two months later Caroline took her own life at the age of just 40.

Speaking on Frankie Bridge’s Open Mind with Frankie Bridge podcast, Laura said: “I’ve never told anyone this, but one of the last things she told me is that this is probably good that it’s happened this way as I have a lot of things I need to deal with and work through.”

Caroline Flack thought Love Island exit would help her ‘work out’ problems before tragic suicide

Laura and Caroline were close friends as well as fellow presenters

Laura admitted that she’d faced backlash for taking the job after Caroline left.

She added: “People would say, I can’t believe you’ve stole someone’s job! It’s so surreal, [I’m] still navigating through it.”

The TV star recalled how it took a while for the news about Caroline’s death to sink in.

Caroline presented Love Island

She said: “I remember thinking she’ll come back with a bang, maybe I was being naive but I didn’t think it would go the other way. My brain still hasn’t computed it.

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“The decision was made to not talk about Love Island after the winter series. It’s weird as there’s so many ups and downs, there were some wonderful time working on the series.”

Caroline took her own life on February 15, just weeks before she was due to stand trial for assault.

Laura took over as Love Island host

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Lewis had vowed to stick by her and wanted the charges to be dropped.

After her death, Caroline’s managers slammed the CPS for conducting “a show trial” that caused her “significant distress”.

However, a police investigation into the case ruled that there is no indication of causal link between police actions and her death.

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