Caroline Flack thought Love Island exit would help mental health before death

Caroline Flack told Laura Whitmore her Love Island exit was for the best while she battled through her own personal issues. 

The 40-year-old host stepped down from Love Island after she was arrested for assault by battery on her boyfriend Lewis Burton, who refused to press charges. 

On February 15, Caroline was found dead by suicide.

Laura replaced Caroline on Love Island and has opened up on one of her final conversations with the late presenter. 

‘I’ve never told anyone this, but one of the last things she told me is that, “This is probably good that it’s happened this way as I have a lot of things I need to deal with and work through,”’ Laura explained on Frankie Bridge’s Open Mind Podcast.

The BBC Radio DJ received horrific backlash from trolls online accusing the 34-year-old of ‘stealing’ Caroline’s job. 

ITV stressed the door was kept open for Caroline’s return to Love Island. Laura told The Saturdays singer she expected her predecessor to come ‘back with a bang’. 

‘I didn’t think it would go the other way,’ she continued. ‘My brain still hasn’t computed it.

‘The decision was made to not talk about Love Island after the winter series. It’s weird as there’s so many ups and downs, there were some wonderful times working on the series.’

Love Island’s future in 2020 remains uncertain during the coronavirus pandemic which has shut down TV productions across the board for the foreseeable future. 

Laura was praised for her first stint of Love Island, which closed with a fitting final dedicated to its leading lady, Caroline. 

Love Island is available to stream on ITV Hub.

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