Celebrity / 19-02-2020

Caroline Flack statement in full as family release words she wrote before death

Caroline Flack wrote a statement before she took her own life over the weekend - which her family have released in full

Caroline Flack's family released a statement she penned on Wednesday morning - four days after the presenter took her own life.

The former Love Island host was aged 40 when she was found dead in her London home on February 15 and an inquest into the TV star's death will take place on February 19.

She was due to attend court in March after allegedly assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton, 27, during an early morning altercation in December 2019.

Both Caroline and Lewis maintained her innocence.

The ITV star wanted to share the words on social media but was unable to after being advised to remain silent in the run up to her trial by her representation, her mum Chris told the Eastern Daily Press.

Mrs Flack told the publication that she had received a text with the statement in from her daughter on Friday February 14, a day before her death.

Caroline Flack statement in full as family release words she wrote before death

Caroline Flack took her own life on February 15

Caroline Flack's statement in full

"For a lot of people, being arrested for common assault is an extreme way to have some sort of spiritual awakening but for me it's become the normal.

"I've been pressing the snooze button on many stresses in my life - for my whole life. I've accepted shame and toxic opinions on my life for over 10 years and yet told myself it's all part of my job. No complaining.

"The problem with brushing things under the carpet is .... they are still there and one day someone is going to lift that carpet up and all you are going to feel is shame and embarrassment.

Caroline Flack's mum Chris shared the statment with the Eastern Daily Press

"On December the 12th 2019 I was arrested for common assault on my boyfriend ...Within 24 hours my whole world and future was swept from under my feet and all the walls that I had taken so long to build around me, collapsed. I am suddenly on a different kind of stage and everyone is watching it happen.

"I have always taken responsibility for what happened that night. Even on the night. But the truth is .... It was an accident.

"I've been having some sort of emotional breakdown for a very long time.

"But I am NOT a domestic abuser. We had an argument and an accident happened. An accident. The blood that someone SOLD to a newspaper was MY blood and that was something very sad and very personal.

The former Love Island host had been charged with assault by beating after an early-morning altercation with her boyfriend Lewis Burton

"The reason I am talking today is because my family can't take anymore. I've lost my job. My home. My ability to speak. And the truth has been taken out of my hands and used as entertainment.

"I can't spend every day hidden away being told not to say or speak to anyone.

Her statement explained her struggles

"I'm so sorry to my family for what I have brought upon them and for what my friends have had to go through.

"I'm not thinking about 'how I'm going to get my career back.' I'm thinking about how I'm going to get mine and my family's life back.

"I can't say anymore than that."

* Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at [email protected]



19-02-2020 04:00, source: irishmirror, by James Foster
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