Caroline Flack was searched on Google more times than symptoms for coronavirus, the company has revealed in its 2020 Year in Search results.
While Covid-19 did dominate many segments of the yearly results round-up, the former Love Island presenter – who died in February aged 40 – was one of the most-searched-for on two of the lists revealed today.
In regards to the UK Top Trending Queries compiled by the company, Flack was the third-most searched query, behind coronavirus and the US election.
On that list, people were Googling her name this year more than coronavirus symptoms and coronavirus updates, as well as Boris Johnson, and the Premier League.
The star was also Googled more in the UK than Kobe Bryant, who died in January, as people attempted to learn more about the popular presenter, who, ahead of her death, was facing an assault charge following an incident with former boyfriend Lewis Burton. Both Burton and Flack denied the charge.
Flack also topped the list compiled on the number of searches people had made for people we lost in 2020, with Kobe Bryant, Naya Rivera, Chadwick Boseman, Sir Sean Connery, Maradona, Sushant Singh Rajput, Kirk Douglas, Kelly Preston and Bobby Ball completing the list.
The programme she’d fronted, Love Island, was also the top-trending TV show, according to the search engine.
‘The 2020 Year in Search lists not only reveal the most popular trends from the past 12 months, but also give insight into the biggest events in the news, politics, sports, entertainment and popular lockdown trends,’ said Kirstin Wright, a Google Trends expert.
‘As people continue to look for information in new and different ways, Google Search keeps evolving to make the world’s information accessible and useful to all.’
As well as searches focused on Flack and coronavirus, as the world adapted to new ways of living, searches for ‘How to make a face mask’ and ‘How to make hand sanitizer’ came out on top of the ‘How to…?’ list. This was closely followed by ‘How to make bread’ and ‘How to cut your own hair’.