Ferne McCann has broken down in tears as she discussed the tragic death of Caroline Flack, after her family released an unpublished note saying her “world had collapsed”.
Former TOWIE star Ferne, 29, became emotional after Caroline was tragically found dead at her London flat on Saturday February 15 having taken her own life.
Appearing on Sky News, Ferne described the tragedy as “gut-wrenching”.
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She said: “I know how she feels, reading that statement really struck a chord with me and I just want to send my condolences to her family. It's gut wrenching. It's so sad.”
The reality star was then asked if she thinks anything will change in regards to online trolls in the aftermath of the tragedy.
“I definitely think you can be kind. It feels very final with Caroline. I feel like there's so many parts that have played to this,” she explained.
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“It's just horrendous. I mean I know what it's like to be in the eye of the storm. It's not nice and I feel so much sadness about her.”
In the unpublished note, released by Caroline’s mother, the former Love Island host said she was “not a domestic abuser” after she was charged with allegedly assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton.
In it, she explains that she feels her "future was swept from under my feet" as the truth had been "used for entertainment".
In her final statement, the presenter wrote: "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."
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Caroline, whose tragic death has been met with floods of emotional tributes, went on to talk about what happened on the night she was arrested.
She continued: "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."
If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.
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