Caroline Flack's family speak about her death

Natalie Cornish
·3-min read
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Photo credit: Getty Images

The following article contains discussion of themes including suicide that some readers may find upsetting.

Caroline Flack's family have spoken out about the weeks leading up to her death for the first time.

The TV presenter died by suicide a year ago. At the time, she was facing trial for assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton. The Crown Prosecution Service decided to pursue the case, even though Burton didn't want to press charges. Flack lost her Love Island presenting job and struggled with the media attention that ensued in the aftermath.

In a new documentary marking the one-year anniversary of her death, which aired on Channel 4 last night, her twin sister Jody and her mum Christine revealed Flack suffered with depression throughout her life. Especially when she was dealing with the breakdown of romantic relationships.

'She struggled emotionally, she was very depressed,' Jody said in Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death.

'That pattern carried on forever. She really did find heartbreak impossible. Each serious boyfriend, she took a lot of tablets, drank a lot, ended up in an A&E situation a lot of times. And she really didn't think she could cope with that feeling. And so I think it was her trying to control it.'

If you are affected by the themes raised in this article and need help and support around self-harm and suicide, contact the Samaritans on 116 123.



Both her sister and her mum say that social media trolling, and negative stories in the tabloids, impacted Flack's mental health.

'You can't get away from it, it follows you home, it follows you on your phone,' Christine said. 'And Carrie was the worst one, she'd look at her phone all the time, it took her over, what was being said.

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

'She was so fearful of anybody knowing anything and printing it. She wasn't perfect, but she didn't have any bad in her. I can't imagine her writing a nasty thing about someone. And everything that was written about her hurt her. And we'd say, "Don't read it." But it's so easy to say, because you do read it, don't you?'

In the weeks leading up to the court case, Flack was terrified her depression and self-harm would be made public, her mum said.

'I think she realised that everything was going to be in the press, and everyone was going to find out she had these dark moments, and she didn't want people to know that... But I think a lot of people with depression don't talk about it. You're either ashamed of it, or you're frightened that they'll think something about you. So I think people are still frightened to say it.'

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

Flack's friends, including Dermot O'Leary and her former X Factor co-presenter Olly Murs, also featured in the documentary.

Murs said her mental health began to suffer when the pair took over presenting the reality TV show from O'Leary: 'The abuse she was getting, it was awful. Them comments did affect her every day - the comments did hurt.'

You can watch Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death on All 4 now.

If you are affected by the themes raised in this article and need help and support around self-harm and suicide, contact the Samaritans on 116 123.

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