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Laura's tears for 'vivacious' friend: 'None of this makes sense' - Whitmore pays emotional tribute to Caroline Flack

 

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Laura Whitmore, who had been friends with Caroline for about 10 years, took aim at ‘keyboard warriors’

Laura Whitmore, who had been friends with Caroline for about 10 years, took aim at ‘keyboard warriors’

Laura Whitmore, who had been friends with Caroline for about 10 years, took aim at ‘keyboard warriors’

Laura Whitmore has paid tribute to her friend Caroline Flack, saying "none of this makes sense" following the sudden death of the former Love Island host.

The Bray TV host, who has known Flack for around 10 years and replaced her as host on the current series of Love Island, broke down as she remembered her "vivacious and loving" friend in an emotional tribute on her Sunday morning radio show.

Flack was found dead at her east London home on Saturday after taking her own life.

Respect

Opening her show on BBC Radio 5 Live yesterday, Whitmore said: "Yesterday we lost someone before their time.

"We're going to talk about her and give her the respect that she deserves and that she didn't always get."

Whitmore (34) said that "anyone who knew Caroline knew she was vivacious, loving, and had a passion for life, which is why none of this makes sense".

She said that Flack "loved music, she loved to dance, we shared many a dancefloor at gigs, festivals" as she recalled the start of their friendship 10 years ago at V Festival.

"She was bubbly, and for such a small stature commanded a room," Whitmore said.

"She loved to laugh and had the most infectious chuckle. She also had many struggles.

"I'm not going to pretend she's perfect, but she lived every mistake publicly under the scrutiny of the media."

Whitmore said that Flack "loved to love" and "that's all she wanted, which is why a show like Love Island was important to her because the show is about finding love, friendship, having a laugh".

She also defended the ITV2 programme and said the show was not the problem, but the outside world of keyboard warriors and trolls.

She said that people who are nasty to others on social media "need to look at themselves", and added "to the newspapers who create click-bait, who demonise and tear down success. We've had enough".

"So to listeners, be kind, only you are responsible for how you treat others and what you put out in the world."

Whitmore said she herself has "been harassed for just doing my job and this is where the problem is, and I want to use my platform to call people out because it's gone too far".

"Your words affect people. To paparazzi and tabloids looking for a cheap sell, to trolls hiding behind a keyboard, enough," the presenter said.

"Caroline, I'm so sad for you, for your family. I'm angry that you saw this as your only option as I know how much love and support you had. I'm sorry you didn't know that."

Whitmore's boyfriend - comedian and Love Island voice-over Iain Stirling - paid tribute to Flack on Saturday, sharing a video of her dancing on Strictly along with the message: "Today my friend slow motion walked into heaven.

"I will miss her always. Thank you for everything x."

Other Irish Love Island stars were among those from the world of showbiz and TV who paid tribute.

Maura Higgins, who rose to fame on last summer's series described Flack on her Instagram account as "an incredibly kind and beautiful woman".

"RIP angel...thoughts and prayers to all her family," she added.

ITV cancelled last night's scheduled episode of the winter series of Love Island but confirmed that the show will return tonight.

Devastated

Saturday night's highlights edition of the dating show was pulled, and there had been speculation about whether the rest of the series would air.

A statement from the broadcaster said: "All of us are absolutely devastated.

"After careful consultation between Caroline's representatives and the Love Island production team, and given how close we still are to the news of Caroline's tragic death, we have decided not to broadcast tonight's Love Island out of respect for Caroline's family."

They added that Love Island will return tonight and will include a tribute to Caroline who "will be forever in our hearts".

Meanwhile, former Dancing With The Stars presenter Amanda Byram appealed for people to be kinder on social media and said that she "can't shake the pain that she must have felt and the dark void she faced".

RTE's Eoghan McDermott, who did the voice-over work on Australia's Love Island, said that he was "absolutely shook" .

He said that he was "feeling pretty grim" and appealed for more compassion online.

Virgin Media's Alan Hughes said that he had met Caroline many times and described what happened as "very sad".

"I met her lots of times and she was always fun and bubbly. It's terrible that she felt there was no other outcome," he said.

"The courts and the media in the UK have a lot to think about."


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