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Caroline Flack told she might have bipolar weeks before she died, says mum

Caroline Flack’s mum Christine has opened up about her daughter’s fragile mental health in the weeks before her death. The Love Island host tragically took her own life at the age of 40 in February 2020

Caroline Flack’s mum Christine has revealed her daughter was told she might have bipolar disorder weeks before her death.

Speaking out about the late Love Island host’s tragic final days, Christine told how Caroline was dropped by a children’s cancer charity just 24 hours before she took her own life as her mental health hit rock bottom.

Christine added that Caroline, who was 40 when she died, had tried to cover her struggles as she was ‘ashamed’ of showing her ‘dark side.’

The mum said that by sharing Caroline’s battle she might encourage others to seek the help they need.

“Carrie suffered for a long while, but never showed it because her outgoing personality covered everything. Mainly she was happy, and funny, and brilliant. She just had these terrific down times – and not many people saw those down times.



Caroline Flack’s mum Christine has opened up about her daughter’s final weeks and her ‘shame’ over her mental health struggles
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The last photo of Caroline pictured before she died in February 2020
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“That was the thing; she hid it. The last doctor she saw thought she may have had bipolar. And that’s what I always thought. It was just constant highs, all of a sudden, then the lows,” Christine said in an interview with The Sun.

“Usually something would happen, but it would always eventually pass. I’ve slept so many times in her bed until the thing that was upsetting her passed. But she didn’t even have her own doctor,” explained Christine.

Christine, who is loving mum to Lizzie, 51, Paul, 50 and Caroline’s twin Jodie, 41, said her TV presenter daughter wanted to be seen as a ‘happy go lucky girl’ and was petrified of anyone seeing her down.

According to Christine, Caroline most feared put down was the phrase: “You’re mental.”

The mum has spoken out as it’s revealed Caroline will be honoured at an NHS Awards on September 14, held to shed light on the stigma surround mental health issues in the UK.



Caroline’s mum Christine said she hated the phrase ‘you’re mental’ and wanted to be seen as a ‘happy-go-lucky’ girl
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Caroline took her own life on February 15 2020 just after learning a court case, in which she was alleged to have attacked boyfriend Lewis Burton in a drunk row, was still going ahead.

Elsewhere in her chat with The Sun, Christine shared her upset with ITV2 bosses for axing Caroline from her much-loved Love Island role before a court case had even begun.

Caroline was replaced by her friend Laura Whitmore on the 2020 winter series.



Caroline’s pal Laura Whitmore took over hosting the show
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Christine said she hasn’t watched an episode of Love Island since Caroline’s death
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Whitmore was also brought back to host the most recent series of the show, won by Millie Court and Liam Reardon.

Christine said she has not been able to watch a single episode of Love Island since Caroline’s death.

Before her death, Caroline had touched on her mental health struggles publicly and urged her online followers to ‘be kind’ in a poignant Instagram post.

T-shirts printed with the message were sold and the money raised handed to mental health charities after Caroline tragically took her own life last year.

*If you’re struggling and need to talk, the Samaritans operate a free helpline open 24/7 on 116 123. Alternatively, you can email [email protected] or visit their site to find your local branch



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