Laura Whitmore shares one of her last chats with late Caroline Flack
‘She told me it was good that it happened this way’: Laura Whitmore reveals Caroline Flack appreciated her stepping in for Love Island as the late star ‘had to deal with a lot of things’
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Laura Whitmore has bravely detailed one of the conversations she shared with her late friend Caroline Flack.
The Irish presenter, 34, took over the role as Love Island’s host when Caroline stood down in December, after she was charged with assault by beating following a row with boyfriend Lewis Burton, 27.
‘She told me it was good that it happened this way’: Laura Whitmore has bravely detailed one of the conversations she shared with her late friend Caroline Flack (pictured in 2019)
The former MTV star admitted she faced some backlash when she was announced as the new face of the ITV2 dating series.
Laura told ex-Saturdays singer Frankie, 31: ‘People would say, I can’t believe you’ve stole someone’s job! It’s so surreal, [I’m] still navigating through it.’
Despite the negativity, the host revealed Caroline fully threw her support behind Laura’s decision.
She explained: ‘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.’
Candid: The presenter, 34, revealed her pal appreciated her filling in her shoes on Love Island (pictured) as she ‘had to deal with a lot of things’ on this week’s Open Mind with Frankie Bridge
‘It was so surreal’: The former MTV star admitted she faced some backlash when she was announced as the new face of the ITV2 dating series
Admitting she still hasn’t come to terms with her passing, the grieving star added: ‘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.
‘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’s private funeral took place on March 10 at Greenacres at Colney, near Norwich, a ceremonial park set in a 16 acre forest.
A day after the former X Factor presenter was laid to rest, Laura revealed she nearly suffered a panic attack from exhaustion as she travelled to work.
A friend indeed: Despite the negativity, the host revealed Caroline – who took her own life aged 40 last month (pictured in 2018) – fully threw her support behind Laura’s decision
‘It was the first time I let myself get upset’: A day after the former X Factor host was laid to rest, Laura revealed she nearly suffered a panic attack from exhaustion (pictured earlier this month)
The Survival of the Fittest star shared: ‘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 let myself get upset and I was exhausted.
‘We weren’t at the height of COVID-19 yet, but I remember getting on the Tube trying to stand 10 metres away from everyone, and almost having a panic attack as I didn’t know whether I was sick or exhausted from everything.
‘I didn’t call Iain [Stirling, her boyfriend] as I knew he’d make me more panicked so I paced 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 competed on the 2014 edition of Strictly Come Dancing with series winner Caroline – also shared her last words with the Enfield native
Frankie – who competed on the 2014 edition of Strictly Come Dancing with series winner Caroline – also shared her last words with the Enfield native.
She explained: ‘We weren’t the closest of friends, but we were together on Strictly and we have a group chat, where there’s still a conversation every day.
‘I didn’t message her about [the assault charge] as I thought that everyone would be doing that.
Heartbreaking: The TV veteran passed away a day after she had been told that the CPS was pursuing the court case against her following her row with Lewis Burton (pictured in October)
‘I was on This Morning and was talking about my book [OPEN: Why Asking for Help Can Save Your Life], and she reached out to me to tell me that she was really inspired by me.’
Caroline passed away at her home in Stoke Newington, a day after learning the CPS would be pursuing a case of assault against her.
Caring Lou Teasdale had been taking care of Caroline and had popped out to the shops when the star had taken her life shortly after she left the property.
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