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Dawn O’Porter recalls first time meeting Caroline Flack almost one-year on from ‘agonising’ death

Dawn O’Porter has shared a heartwarming memory of the first time she met her best friend, the late Caroline Flack.

The TV presenter posted an emotional tribute, almost one year after the Love Island host died by suicide, on social media where she cherished the moment they were brought together on the set of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!.

Caroline hosted the I’m A Celebrity spin-off show I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here NOW! for two series in 2009 and 2010 and it led her to her friendship with Dawn.

‘I just went down a YouTube hole to find anything from the week I met Caroline, and here it is. Australia, on a TV set in a jungle somewhere. It was one of the most fun weeks of my life,’ Dawn wrote, alongside a picture of Caroline and her Down Under.

‘I took the job as a free ticket to get to Oz to see my best friend who’d just moved to Melbourne. I didn’t know I’d meet @gemagain and Caroline and gain two more of the best friends you could ever dream of.

‘We laughed ALL week, told each other EVERYTHING and bonded for life. The absolute greatest of times. This week is really hard. Agony, in fact. I can’t shake it.’

Dawn continued: ‘Monday marks a year since Caroline died. That horrible day that changed so many lives forever. I’m dreading it.

‘But there were 14600 + days of Caroline’s excellent life that say way more about her than what happened on that day.

‘Through the heartbreak, I remain grateful for the happiest, most fun and naughtiest memories. There are so many. Probably too many. I’ll never ever stop missing her. My brilliant, gorgeous and funniest friend ❤️.’

Caroline took her life in February 2020 aged 40.

Speaking on a recent episode of That Gaby Roslin Podcast about being told Caroline had died, Dawn said the moment felt like someone had ‘kicked her in the head’, but added her responsibilities as a mother helped her carry on in the wake.

Credit: Original article published here.

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