Caroline Flack publicly admitted to suffering more from anxiety outside of work, tiring of the pressure of social media, and even considered giving up her career to save her relationship in a series of interviews she gave in the last year of her life.
Videos from the past 14 months show Ms Flack, who died last weekend aged 40, speaking candidly about the state of her mental health, her public image, and her personal life on a number of TV shows from December 2018 on.
In one clip from an interview she gave to ITV’s Loose Women, the former Love Island presenter spoke freely about her growing battle with anxiety.
When asked why she kept challenging herself, Ms Flack – who had taken on a role in musical Chicago – revealed that she grew more anxious the less she worked.
In one clip from an interview she gave to ITV’s Loose Women, Caroline Flack (pictured) spoke freely about her growing battle with anxiety and her hypnotherapy treatment
When asked why she kept challenging herself, Ms Flack – who had taken on a role in musical Chicago – revealed that she grew more anxious the less she worked
She told the popular daytime panel show: ‘Weirdly, the anxiety I get more when I’m not working. So actually, work for me takes away my anxiety. Doing live TV in that moment when you’re consumed by something else, it takes away any of my thoughts. It does, it distracts you. So actually, being on stage, I’m less nervous than when I am being me’
She told the popular daytime panel show: ‘Weirdly, the anxiety I get more when I’m not working. So actually, work for me takes away my anxiety.
‘Doing live TV in that moment when you’re consumed by something else, it takes away any of my thoughts. It does, it distracts you.
‘So actually, being on stage, I’m less nervous than when I am being me.’
Ms Flack also revealed how she underwent hypnotherapy to get her ‘mind in the right place’, adding: ‘I do it more when I need to focus on something.
‘I knew when I had eight days to learn the role, I went and saw him [her hypnotherapist]. He got my mind in the right place. That really works for me’.
In a second video, from ITV2’s Shopping With Keith Lemon of June 2019, the Strictly champion was asked if she had ever considered going ‘under the knife’.
Her answer ‘I would never say never’ shocked comedian Lemon, before she admitted to feeling pressures upon her public image exerted by social media.
In particular, she directed fire at social-media platform Instagram, before revealing how she had once used photo-editing app Facetune in one photo.
Ms Flack told her stunned host: ‘Everyone’s starting to get like the same face on Instagram because of these Facetune things.
‘I will admit it, I’m gonna admit it, I used Facetune once. You can alter the shape of your body, colour in your skin, or get rid of a spot, things like that.
Ms Flack, asked by comedian Keith Lemon on ITV2’s Shopping With Keith Lemon if she had ever considered going ‘under the knife’, answered ‘I would never say never’, before admitting to feeling pressures upon her public image exerted by social media
Ms Flack told her stunned host: ‘ Everyone’s starting to get like the same face on Instagram because of these Facetune things. I will admit it, I’m gonna admit it, I used Facetune once. You can alter the shape of your body, colour in your skin, or get rid of a spot, things like that’
‘I used it once when I was on the beach and I just had this fat back, so I got rid of the line on my back, right – I got rid of my back t**s – and it got so many likes and I felt so guilty. You couldn’t even see my face.’
In a third video broadcast by Channel 4, Ms Flack grew tearful as she told of considering giving up her career to save a relationship.
She told Kathy Burke last August: ‘There has been a point where I did say the words, “I’ll stop working, don’t leave me” because he was gonna leave.
Flack’s boyfriend says his ‘heart is broken’
Caroline Flack’s boyfriend yesterday said he was ‘heartbroken’.
Lewis Burton said that he will be Miss Flack’s ‘voice’ in the wake of her death and would strive to ‘get the answers’ she now cannot get for herself.
The 27-year-old was ordered by a judge to have no contact with his girlfriend, who was accused of assaulting him in December, ahead of her trial on March 4. He asked the CPS not to press charges.
‘My heart is broken, we had something so special,’ he wrote in a social media post, which accompanied a photo of the pair cuddling on holiday.
He added: ‘I know you felt safe with me and I was not allowed to be there this time, I kept asking and asking.
‘I will ask the questions you wanted. Nothing will bring you back but I will try to make you proud every day.’
The pair had been dating since last summer when they were spotted in Ibiza. He posted a loving Instagram message to his other half on Valentine’s Day, hours before she took her own life.
‘My sister said, “Why are you saying that? You’re sacrificing everything you do for him?” and I was like, “Because I really don’t want him to go, I don’t want him to leave.” And he left, and thank God I didn’t leave my job!’
These poignant videos have been unearthed following the announcement of Ms Flack’s death last weekend, which shocked Britain.
She was found dead in her east London flat while her friend ‘popped out to the shops’. Her family later confirmed that she had taken her own life.
Alongside contestants Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis, both of whom died in 2018 and 2019 respectively, Ms Flack, who hosted five seasons of Love Island, is now the fourth person associated with the programme to have died of suicide.
The 40-year-old presenter died of suicide hours after it was announced that she would be charged with assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton, 27.
It was claimed yesterday paramedics had been sent to her home the day before she was found dead, following fears for her welfare, but she was not taken to hospital. Ms Flack was understood to be horrified by the prospect of a ‘show trial’ over an alleged assault and was worried she could not cope with the fallout.
Friends said she was tormented over the idea of a jury being shown police ‘bodycam’ footage taken during the night she was accused of attacking Mr Burton.
She had hoped the trial would not go ahead.
A court had heard last December how police had found the pair covered in blood and that Ms Flack had cuts to her wrist.
The revelations about her mental health prompted questions about whether she was given enough help to tackle her depression and panic attacks.
It has also been claimed by sources close to Ms Flack’s legal team that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) initially decided not to charge her with assault, but senior police officers pressed for a charging decision, according to The Sun.
The CPS declined to comment on the claims today, while a Metropolitan Police spokesman said: ‘The MPS, in line with policing nationally, follows the College of Policing’s APP [authorised professional practice] relating to domestic abuse cases. The APP was followed in this matter. We are not discussing further.’
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