Caroline Flack’s mum criticises Love Island over ‘lack of respect’ for late host

Caroline Flack’s mum criticises Love Island over ‘lack of respect’ for late host

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Caroline Flack's mother Christine has hit out at ITV over the decision for her late daughter to step down from the ITV2 show Love Island in late 2019 and be replaced by presenter Laura Whitmore.

Opening up over a year on from her tragic suicide, Christine claimed the channel could have handled things "differently".

In an interview with The Sun, she claimed: "I think ITV2 could have done it a little differently. They could have done it out of respect. It's all very well putting these films on saying, 'Oh, we love Carrie blah blah blah. But you know, just have a little bit of respect."

Caroline stepped down as the host of the show in December 2019 following her charge for assault after a drunken row with then boyfriend Lewis Burton. The presenter confirmed the news in a statement posted to her Instagram stories at the time, insisting she didn't want her personal life to "detract attention from the upcoming series."

"There have been a significant number of media reports and allegations in regards to my personal life," she told her 2.3 million followers.

"While matters were not as have been reported, I am committed to co-operating with the appropriate authorities and I can't comment further on these matters until the legal process is over."

She added: "On a really personal level. I have never experienced such kindness and love in my whole life."

Caroline took her own life on February 15, within 24 hours of finding out the Crown Prosecution Service intended to pursue the case.

Speaking about her daughter's mental health battle, Christine revealed that the last doctor she saw before her death believed she was struggling with bipolar disorder.

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"Carrie suffered for a long while, but never showed it because her outgoing personality covered everything," she explained.

Christine's comments come shortly after Caroline's former trainer Bradley Simmonds spoke about his regrets at not being there for the star before her death.

He said: “Even now I feel I could have been there for her, got her training again – all these things go through my mind.”

Before her death, the pair would work out together five times a week which helped improve her both mentally and physically as they built up a close bond during their time together.

He added: "She was hilarious, we had such a good connection and friendship. Shoe got in incredible shape and her mental health was a lot better."

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