Caroline Flack's family releases unpublished Instagram message she wrote before suicide

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 19, 2020, 09.08 PM(IST)

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The suicide of the 40-year-old former presenter of the hugely popular 'Love Island' dating show has reignited a debate in Britain about the conduct of the tabloid press and social media trolls.

In a shocking development to UK TV presenter Caroline Flack's death news, her family has now released her unpublished Instagram post she wrote days before she died. 

Her mother Chris told EDP, "Carrie sent me this message at the end of January but was told not to post it by advisers but she so wanted to have her little voice heard."

The message reads: "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."

The former 'Love Island' host was found dead in her London flat on Saturday, the day after she had been told that the Crown Prosecution Service was pursuing the court case against her. She committed suicide. Also read: British TV presenter Caroline Flack died by hanging, inquest hears

Also read: Is the media to be blamed for UK TV presenter Caroline Flack's death?