Caroline Flack’s mother Christine has revealed her daughter was ‘really hurt’ by Lorraine Kelly and Graham Norton’s jokes about the star before her death.
Caroline died by suicide in February 2020, soon after she was charged with assault by beating following an altercation with her boyfriend at the time, Lewis Burton.
He refused to press charges and she denied them.
She subsequently lost her job presenting Love Island, and during the upcoming Channel 4 documentary, Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death, Lorraine is shown laughing at the star’s misfortune.
‘As Caroline Flack steps down from Love Island, we’re finding out who’s going to replace her. Yes, that’s showbiz!’ she told viewers, chuckling away.
During the film, Christine said: ‘Just to laugh when it was the worst time in Carrie’s life and say, “That’s showbusiness.” It should not be showbusiness.’
Graham also comes under fire for a joke he made in 2016 when Caroline and Olly Murs were replaced as main presenters of The X Factor – which Olly himself said was ‘their downfall’.
‘I’m not saying the writing was on the wall for Caroline Flack,’ Graham said. ‘But you could get better odds of Anne Boleyn returning for the second series of Wolf Hall.’
‘That really hurt her,’ Christine explained. ‘I knew that was going to make her feel so bad. And that’s when I worried about her.’
During the hour-long documentary, Caroline’s family explain they ‘begged her to quit showbiz’ as they were well aware of her battle with mental health.
Her twin sister Jody said: ‘I would beg her to change jobs and leave showbiz but she never would, life would have been easier but she wasn’t built for an easy life.
‘She was always scared she’d be ridiculed, she was terrified to admit her mental health struggles.’
Metro.co.uk has contacted representatives for Graham Norton and Lorraine Kelly on this story.
Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death will air on Channel 4 at 9pm on March 17.
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