Fearne Cotton pays tribute to Caroline Flack

Natalie Cornish
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Photo credit: John Phillips - Getty Images
Photo credit: John Phillips - Getty Images

From Red Online

Fearne Cotton has paid tribute to her friend Caroline Flack, one year on from her death.

In a heartfelt Instagram post, the TV star and podcast presenter said she had 'thought about her and talked to her a lot' in the last 12 months.

Caroline – who presented Love Island and won Strictly Come Dancing in 2014 – was found dead at her flat on 15th February 2020. She had taken her own life, ahead of appearing in court for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton.

In her post, Fearne touched upon the key themes raised in the wake of Flack's death last year: online trolling, press intrusion and kindness. She called on people to understand each other's struggles, reserve judgement and be more compassionate.

Fearne captioned her photo of the morning sky: 'I wish we could say that in the past year there has been more kindness. That we’ve looked at each other with less judgement and more compassion. That online bullying and press intrusion has abated but sadly I don’t think it’s true.

'We have to always remember EVERYONE has s*** going on and most have inner battles they’re dealing with. Assumptions about others are destructive and divisive.
Let’s keep kindness is our hearts and our words soft.'

She then sent Caroline's family 'so much love and strength'.

Many of Caroline's close friends have shared similar tributes on the first anniversary of her death, including TV chef Gizzi Erskine, Love Island's Ian Stirling and fellow Strictly contestant Pixie Lott.

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