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Laura Whitmore makes first public appearance since Caroline Flack's death in 'newspaper' dress at BRIT Awards

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Laura Whitmore poses as she arrives for the Brit Awards at the O2 Arena in London, Britain, February 18, 2020 REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Laura Whitmore poses as she arrives for the Brit Awards at the O2 Arena in London, Britain, February 18, 2020 REUTERS/Simon Dawson

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Laura Whitmore arriving at the Brit Awards 2020 held at the O2 Arena, London. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 18, 2020

Laura Whitmore arriving at the Brit Awards 2020 held at the O2 Arena, London. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 18, 2020

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Lizzo arriving at the Brit Awards 2020 held at the O2 Arena, London. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 18, 2020. See PA story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

Lizzo arriving at the Brit Awards 2020 held at the O2 Arena, London. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 18, 2020. See PA story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

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Billie Eilish arriving at the Brit Awards 2020 held at the O2 Arena, London. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 18, 2020. See PA story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

Billie Eilish arriving at the Brit Awards 2020 held at the O2 Arena, London. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 18, 2020. See PA story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

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Ashley Roberts arriving at the Brit Awards 2020 held at the O2 Arena, London. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 18, 2020. See PA story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

Ashley Roberts arriving at the Brit Awards 2020 held at the O2 Arena, London. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 18, 2020. See PA story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

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Ashnikko arriving at the Brit Awards 2020 held at the O2 Arena, London. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 18, 2020. See PA story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

Ashnikko arriving at the Brit Awards 2020 held at the O2 Arena, London. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 18, 2020. See PA story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

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Laura Whitmore poses as she arrives for the Brit Awards at the O2 Arena in London, Britain, February 18, 2020 REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Irish presenter Laura Whitmore put on a brave face as she made her first public appearance since she paid tribute to her friend and fellow Love Island presenter Caroline Flack.

The Bray host, who replaced Caroline as presenter of the winter series of Love Island, turned out for the Brit Awards at London’s O2 Arena earlier this evening.

She posed on the red carpet in a silver, embellished mini dress with what appeared to be a newspaper print design. She wore her blonde hair in loose waves and carried a black feathered clutch.

Taking to Instagram ahead of the event, Laura posted an image of a pair of towering black heels next to the Brit Awards invite, writing: “Some times you just need to put on your dancing shoes”. She added a heart emoji in the post.

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Laura Whitmore arriving at the Brit Awards 2020 held at the O2 Arena, London. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 18, 2020. See PA story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

Laura Whitmore arriving at the Brit Awards 2020 held at the O2 Arena, London. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 18, 2020. See PA story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

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Laura Whitmore arriving at the Brit Awards 2020 held at the O2 Arena, London. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 18, 2020. See PA story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

The presenter had become emotional on Sunday as she remembered her friend on her BBC radio show, recalling how Caroline loved music and loved to dance.

Caroline (40) was found dead in her London apartment on Saturday after taking her own life. Her inquest is expected to open today in London.

The Love Island Aftersun programme presented by Laura was cancelled on Monday in tribute to the late presenter. The main Love Island show returned on Monday night with show narrator and Laura’s boyfriend, Iain Stirling, delivering a poignant tribute to Caroline, who had worked on the show with him since 2015.

Meanwhile, US singer Lizzo stole the show when she arrived at the Brit Awards in a dress modelled on a Hershey’s chocolate wrapper.

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Lizzo poses as she arrives for the Brit Awards at the O2 Arena in London, Britain, February 18, 2020 REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Lizzo poses as she arrives for the Brit Awards at the O2 Arena in London, Britain, February 18, 2020 REUTERS/Simon Dawson

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Lizzo poses as she arrives for the Brit Awards at the O2 Arena in London, Britain, February 18, 2020 REUTERS/Simon Dawson

The unusual dress even had a huge barcode on the side.

Lizzo, who carried a purse that looked like a chocolate bar, wore her hair in an elegant updo.

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Billie Eilish arriving at the Brit Awards 2020 held at the O2 Arena, London. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 18, 2020. See PA story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

Billie Eilish arriving at the Brit Awards 2020 held at the O2 Arena, London. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 18, 2020. See PA story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

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Billie Eilish arriving at the Brit Awards 2020 held at the O2 Arena, London. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 18, 2020. See PA story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

Young singing sensation Billie Eilish was dressed for the chilly weather in a long beige and tartan coat, top and trousers.

The 18-year-old had painted her long nails with a Burberry inspired print to match her outfit.

Another star getting plenty of attention was Ashnikko, who turned up with her blue hair in such long bunches that she needed assistants to carry them.

The American singer wore a quirky one-shouldered blue outfit and chunky platform trainers, and two long bunches that swept the floor.

She was accompanied by two people in white jumpsuits, who helped to carry her hair.

Tallia Storm looked dramatic in a full, one-shouldered black dress with a long thigh split, while presenter AJ Odudu went for a sequinned and feathered concoction.

Pussycat Dolls star Ashley Roberts braved the cold in a glittering top and skirt that left her midriff bare.

Singer Harry Styles appeared to pay tribute to Flack at the Brit awards, wearing a black ribbon on his lapel three days after she was found dead at her London home.

Styles, who is nominated for best male solo artist and album of the year, was in a relationship with the TV presenter for three months in 2011.

Black ribbons are traditionally worn as a symbol of remembrance or mourning, with some fans believing the pin may be in tribute to Flack.

Styles has not yet publicly spoken about Flack's death.

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