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Lockdown gave Laura Whitmore privacy to grieve Caroline Flack

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Laura Whitmore has said lockdown allowed her to grieve for Caroline Flack in private

Laura Whitmore has spoken about being afforded the privacy of lockdown to grieve for Caroline Flack, following her sudden death in February.

Whitmore earlier replaced her as host of Love Island the previous December after Flack stood down following an assault charge.

Speaking to Women’s Health Going for Goal podcast this week about the effect lockdown had on her life, Whitmore said the beginning of the year was so hectic for her, flying between the UK and South Africa to host the winter edition of the ITV2 dating show, that lockdown forced her to ‘stay still’.

Not only that, it afforded her a chance to mourn her friend Flack away from the public eye, after she died aged 40.

Whitmore said of her friend’s death: ‘I think at the time I didn’t deal with it because I probably wasn’t in a position where I could, because I was still doing this show and I really didn’t know … I’ve never lost someone in my group of friends who is so young.

‘It’s hard, I’d get tagged in something by a fan account of Caroline and I’ll think it’s Caroline and it’s only now it’s hit me that’s not her.’

 Laura Whitmore and Caroline Flack attend the Vanity Fair EE Rising Star Party

Laura and Caroline were friends (Picture: David M. Benett/Getty Images for EE)

She went on: ‘It was so overwhelming, when you do a show like Love Island…getting a show like that, its a great show but it’s in the worst circumstances, and I was very lucky to have the support of Caroline and the team around me, but you kind of have the world looking at ya and everyone wants a reaction.’

Adding that ‘grief is so different to so many people’, Laura said it’s okay to grieve privately and ‘protect yourself’.

She added: ‘I found it really difficult because it was so public, that’s why lockdown was really great if I’m honest because I had that privacy and I had that time.’

Following Flack’s death, there was an online campaign launched to encourage people to #BeKind and think about what they’re posting on social media.

Drawing on that, Whitmore said she has learned the importance of standing up to trolls on social media and added: ‘I feel stronger by talking, by communicating, and realising that we’re all vulnerable.

‘Sometimes you think when you’re in this industry – “oh you need to get a thick skin” – which I probably have built up a little bit.’

She went on: ‘But it’s okay to feel sad and it’s okay for something to knock you, and it’s okay to speak up and say “actually I’ve had enough”.’

The full Laura Whitmore interview is on the Women’s Health Going for Goal podcast, available now.



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Credit: Original article published here.

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