Ferne McCann breaks down in tears over Caroline Flack’s unpublished Instagram post
Ferne McCann broke down in tears as she spoke about Caroline Flack’s tragic death while appearing on Sky News on Wednesday.
Caroline took her own life aged 40 in her flat on Saturday afternoon. Ahead of her inquest on Wednesday, her family released an unpublished Instagram post.
Ferne, 29, said Caroline’s words describing how ‘her world had collapsed’ after being charged with assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton, 27, were ‘gut-wrenching and sad’.
Devastated: Ferne McCann broke down in tears as she spoke about Caroline Flack’s tragic death while appearing on Sky News on Wednesday.
Ferne said: ‘I know how she feels, reading that statement really struck a chord with me and I just want to send my condolences to her family. It’s gut wrenching. It’s so sad.
‘It’s just horrendous. I mean I know what it’s like to be in the eye of the storm. It’s not nice and I feel so much sadness about her.’
A heartbroken Lewis Burton posted this photograph of his former girlfriend Caroline Flack after her inquest
Ferne’s reference of being ‘in the eye of the storm’ alludes to when her ex-boyfriend Arthur Collins threw acid over 22 people in April 2017, shortly after she announced she was pregnant with Sunday.
Arthur was jailed for 20 years.
In Caroline’s poignant message, shared by her mother Chris, the former Love Island host explained how her ‘whole world and future was swept from under my feet’ in the 24 hours following her arrest.
Caroline revealed she had been having ‘some sort of emotional breakdown for a very long time’ and she and her family ‘could not take it anymore’.
The presenter had planned to post the message on social media and had shown it to her mother at the end of January, but advisers warned her not to share it with her millions of followers.
Caroline said she ‘took responsibility for what happened that night’ but said it had been an accident and she ‘was NOT a domestic abuser’.
She added: ‘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 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.
‘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.’
If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.
CAROLINE FLACK: A CALL FOR HELP?
Caroline Flack spoke often about her struggles, both in interviews and on social media.
The Strictly Come Dancing 2014 winner has said that she felt depressed following her victory on the BBC show.
After she won the series along with professional partner Pasha Kovalev, she admitted that she felt like she was ‘being held together by a piece of string which could snap at any time’.
In an unearthed interview cited by the Daily Star following her death, Caroline claimed that, ‘It all started the day after I won Strictly. I woke up and felt like somebody had covered my body in clingfilm. I couldn’t get up and just couldn’t pick myself up at all that next year.’
She went on: ‘People see the celebrity lifestyle and assume everything is perfect, but we’re just like everyone else. Everyone is battling something emotional behind closed doors – that’s life.
Ignored? ‘When I actually reached out to someone they said I was draining,’ Caroline admitted in October 2019
‘Fame doesn’t make you happy.’
‘BEING A BURDEN IS MY BIGGEST FEAR’
In an Instagram post she uploaded on 14 October 2019 – to mark World Mental Health Day – Caroline captioned a photo of herself: ‘Some days it’s hard to write your feelings of your not in the right place.
‘The last few weeks I’ve been in a really weird place… I find it hard to talk about it… I guess it’s anxiety and pressure of life… and when I actually reached out to someone they said I was draining.
‘I feel like this is why some people keep their emotions to themselves. I certainly hate talking about my feelings. And being a burden is my biggest fear…
‘I’m lucky to be able to pick myself up when things feel s**t. But what happens if someone can’t. Be nice to people. You never know what’s going on. Ever.’ [sic]
Signs of suicide? She liked tweets about calling The Samaritans over Christmas
Caroline was told to stay off social media following her assault charge in December 2019.
However, she notably liked a string of tweets in the days afterwards, before Christmas, encouraging those feeling lonely over the holidays to seek help.
The tweets – posted by the likes of actress Sheridan Smith, journalist Stacey Dooley and comedian Luke Kempner – included the telephone number for The Samaritans’ suicide hotline.
She also posted to Instagram around the same time: ‘This kind of scrutiny and speculation is a lot to take on for one person to take on their own… I’m a human being at the end of the day and I’m not going to be silenced when I have a story to tell and a life to keep going with…
‘I’m taking some time out to get feeling better and learn some lessons from situations I’ve got myself into to. I have nothing but love to give and best wishes for everyone.’
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