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Caroline Flack's mother struggles seeing Laura Whitmore as replacement host on Love Island

“Now, it’s horrible when the advert comes up and the girl that’s taken her place is all in almost the same dress, in almost the same pose.”

Love Island host Laura Whitmore (left) with her late friend Caroline Flack at a party before the Baftas in 2019

Esther McCarthy

Caroline Flack’s mother has told how she can no longer watch Love Island and she struggles with seeing replacement host Laura Whitmore in the role.

Flack’s mother Christine also said that her daughter had been struggling with her mental health for a while.

“I watched Love Island because Carrie was in it,” she told The Sun.

“Now, it’s horrible when the advert comes up and the girl that’s taken her place is all in almost the same dress, in almost the same pose.”

Caroline (40) was found dead in her London flat just a day after learning she would face charges following a row with then-boyfriend Lewis Burton.

According to mum Christine, she also learned that she may have had bipolar disorder just weeks before her death.

“It’s so important to me that Carrie is not tainted by those last few months of her life. It’s tragic. I hate the memory of my daughter to be a negative one because she wasn’t negative,” she said in the interview.

Caroline Flack’s mother has revealed her daughter was told she may be bipolar (Ian West/PA)

“She always saw the positive in something. She was so fun, so kind, so funny, so loving; she always tried to be a good role model for young women especially - I want her to be remembered for these things.

“Carrie suffered for a long while, but never showed it because her outgoing personality covered everything. Mainly she was happy, and funny, and brilliant. She just had these terrific down times - and not many people saw those down times.

Christine will accept an award in her daughter’s name at an awards ceremony in London next month, to acknowledge the stigmas that surround mental health.


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