The family of tragic Caroline Flack begged her to quit showbusiness because they feared for her life, a new television programme reveals.
In the Channel 4 documentary, the presenter’s mother Christine speaks about her daughter’s emotionally fragile state and how she found it ‘impossible’ to deal with heartache.
And Caroline’s twin sister Jody recalls how she pleaded with her to step off the celebrity treadmill in a bid to give herself some chance of ‘an easy life’.
Caroline, 40, who was facing trial for assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton. Days after being questioned by police, she stood down as presenter of Love Island and was found hanged in her London flat just over a year ago.
The Channel 4 documentary shows the family of tragic Caroline Flack begging her to quit showbusiness because they feared for her life
The documentary, Caroline Flack: Her Life And Death, will be screened next week and reveals how she slit her wrists so badly in the aftermath of the attack on Mr Burton that she needed plastic surgery.
It also features a number of family members and friends speaking publicly for the first time about how life as a celebrity affected her.
While some confide that she wasn’t ‘emotionally wired to deal with fame’, fellow television presenter Dermot O’Leary told programme makers that she was ‘addicted’ [to fame] but ‘couldn’t cope with it’.
Her sister Jody said: ‘I would beg her to change jobs and leave showbiz but she never would, life would have been easier but she wasn’t built for an easy life.
‘She was always scared she’d be ridiculed, she was terrified to admit her mental health struggles.’
Jody also observed: ‘She was fascinated by the subject of suicide – I was prepared that it could happen.’
Caroline is pictured with her twin sister Jody in Norfolk in the 1990s
The twin sister Jody and Caroline are pictured with their mother Christine in the 1980s
Caroline’s mother said ‘she found heartbreak impossible’ and told how she once became distraught over a failed romance with a fairground worker known to the family as ‘Waltzer boy’, explaining: ‘She ran away from home as a teenager after falling for a man who worked at a fair, it broke her heart.’
Christine, 70, also told how her daughter ‘regularly changed doctors so nobody would know the full extent of her problems’.
Mrs Flack, who has previously only spoken to her local newspaper in Norfolk about Caroline’s death, criticised Lorraine Kelly and Graham Norton for ridiculing her daughter for losing jobs.
Kelly remarked ‘that’s showbusiness’ on her ITV morning show when Caroline had to leave Love Island, while Norton joked about her being dropped as a presenter on The X Factor.
‘The documentary made this year bearable – it was therapy for us,’ said her mother, who also begged Instagram and Twitter to tackle the scourge of trolling online abuse. ‘I don’t think they protect anyone – you can’t get away from it, it follows you on your phone.
‘They are making money from it and need to step up.’
For confidential support, call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch. See www.samaritans.org for details
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