The UK Mainstream Media And Social Media Trolls Were The Real Cause of Caroline Flack’s Unfortunate Death

Former Love Island presenter Caroline Flack committed suicide by hanging on 15th February 2020. Caroline Flack’s death has prompted not just an outpouring of grief, but an overwhelming demand for a turning point in regards to the mistreatment of individuals on social media and  in the press.

She had previously expressed (in 2015) that the reaction to her presenting The X Factor was “quite overwhelming because I didn’t think people would be talking about how I look, how I stand, how I walk or how I laugh.”

Social media and mainstream media have now come under scrutiny in the search of explanations and accountability since Caroline Flack’s death at age 30. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have also been questioned for pressing ahead with a trial after she was charged with assaulting her boyfriend. Caroline’s boyfriend demanded the charges be dropped and Flack had pleaded not guilty however the CPS still went ahead with proceedings. Due to this Caroline wasn’t allowed to see, speak or have any contact with her boyfriend until the trial, she lost her job on Love Island and was facing charges of domestic abuse. All of which was printed in the media. Caroline was slandered, humiliated and bullied.

Many celebrities such as Laura Whitemore, Russell Brand, Joe Swash, Piers Morgan, Cheryl Cole, Harry Styles, etc have called for the world to “be kind” and honour Caroline. Caroline has not been the first person to be a victim of this and sadly she won’t be the last until some significant changes are made.

Caroline Flack’s family released an unpublished Instagram post she wrote days before she took her own life. Caroline’s voice and truth must be heard:

“For a lot of people, being arrested for common assault is an extreme way to have some sort of spiritual awakening but for me it’s become the normal.

I’ve been pressing the snooze button on many stresses in my life – for my whole life.

I’ve accepted shame and toxic opinions on my life for over 10 years and yet told myself it’s all part of my job. No complaining.

The problem with brushing things under the carpet is…. they are still there and one day someone is going to lift that carpet up and all you are going to feel is shame and embarrassment.

On December the 12th 2019 I was arrested for common assault on my boyfriend…

Within 24 hours my whole world and future was swept from under my feet and all the walls that I had taken so long to build around me, collapsed.

I am suddenly on a different kind of stage and everyone is watching it happen.

I have always taken responsibility for what happened that night. Even on the night. But the truth is …. It was an accident.

I’ve been having some sort of emotional breakdown for a very long time.

But I am NOT a domestic abuser. We had an argument and an accident happened. An accident.

The blood that someone SOLD to a newspaper was MY blood and that was something very sad and very personal.

The reason I am talking today is because my family can’t take anymore.

I’ve lost my job. My home. My ability to speak. And the truth has been taken out of my hands and used as entertainment.

I can’t spend every day hidden away being told not to say or speak to anyone.

I’m so sorry to my family for what I have brought upon them and for what my friends have had to go through.

I’m not thinking about ‘how I’m going to get my career back’. I’m thinking about how I’m going to get mine and my family’s life back.

I can’t say anymore than that.”


Read full article here:

Read our next blog post here: