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08th Mar 2021

Caroline Flack’s sister “begged” her to quit show business

Caroline Flack wore an unusual dress for her to last night's BAFTAs

“She was always scared she’d be ridiculed. She was terrified to admit her mental health struggles.”

Caroline Flack’s twin sister Jody revealed that she had pleaded with the star to give up show business.

In an upcoming Channel 4 documentary, Jody spoke about her family’s concern for Caroline, who sadly died by suicide last year.

“I would beg her to change jobs and leave showbiz, but she never would,” the late star’s sister said. “Life would have been easier, but she wasn’t built for an easy life.”

Jody also spoke about Caroline’s reluctance to seek help: “She was always scared she’d be ridiculed. She was terrified to admit her mental health struggles.”

In another clip, Jody shares how Caroline’s mental health suffered after her relationships ended. She said: “Each serious boyfriend, she sort of took a lot of tablets, drank a lot, and ended up in an A&E situation a lot of times.”

The TV presenter’s sister also described the lack of control Caroline experienced during these break-ups.

“She really didn’t think she he could cope with that feeling, so it was her trying to control it,” Jody said.

The documentary will feature interviews from Caroline’s friends and family, and will examine the role the press played in the Love Island host’s mental health battle. Caroline’s mother Christine described the project as “therapy”, adding that it made the past year “bearable”.

Christine has also spoken out against online trolling, and has called for social media companies to take action.

“I don’t think they are protecting anyone. You can’t get away from it, it follows you on your phone. They are making money from it and need to stop it.”

Last month, Caroline’s family shared previously unseen photos to mark the one-year anniversary of her death. The touching photos were among a number of tributes made.

Flack’s former fiancé Andrew Brady described her as the person he “loved more than anyone else”.

He continued: “Not a day goes by that I don’t think of her, I have some truly incredible memories of her etched on to my mind for eternity.”

Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death will air next week on Channel 4.