20 February 2020 00:44
Caroline Flack wrote an unpublished Instagram post weeks before she killed herself revealing how her "whole world and future was swept from under [her] feet" over claims she assaulted her boyfriend, her family has said. The former Love Island presenter, who was found dead aged 40 on Saturday before she was due to stand trial in March accused of assault, said the domestic incident was an accident. In the message, which Flack's family has released after the star's advisers warned her against posting it, she said she "took responsibility for what happened that night" but insisted she "was NOT a domestic abuser". The star – who ended her Love Island presenting role while she faced trial – also opened up about her inner demons and the pressure of being in the public spotlight, adding that "truth has been taken out of my hands and used as entertainment". The release of the post came as an inquest into Flack's death opened on Wednesday, with tributes pouring in for the presenter and the Crown Prosecution Service facing criticism for its decision to charge her.
The inquest at Poplar coroner's court in east London heard that the former Love Island presenter's body was identified by her sister, Jody Flack. Flack was due to stand trial next month after pleading not guilty to assaulting her boyfriend, Lewis Burton, with a lamp at her London flat. At a pre-trial hearing in December, the court was told that 27-year-old Burton sustained a "significant injury to his head" and had dialled 999. It is understood that Burton, who has said he is heartbroken by her death, had told police and prosecutors he wanted to withdraw his complaint against Flack. In the post, handed by Flack's family to the Eastern Daily Press, which covers Norfolk where the presenter grew up, she wrote of her arrest on 12 December: "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.
No members of Ms Flack's family were present during the four-minute hearing. Caroline had been just a few weeks from standing trial for assaulting her boyfriend 27-year-old Lewis Burton, with the court date set for March 4. Caroline Flack was best known for presenting ITV2 show Love Island for five series from 2015 to 2019 An unpublished social media post written by Ms Flack before she died has been released in which she says the domestic incident involving Mr Burton was an accident. The note - which Flack was advised not to post - has been shared by her family and published in the Eastern Daily Press. It said: "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.
Coroner's officer Sandra Polson said police were driving through Northwold Road, Stoke Newington, London, on Saturday February 15 when they were flagged down and went to Miss Flack's rented home. No members of Miss Flack's family were present at the inquest. Caroline Flack's inquest has heard the heartbreaking details surrounding the Love Island star's tragic death. Coroner's officer Sandra Polson said police were driving through Northwold Road, Stoke Newington on Saturday when they were flagged down. Ms Flack's mother, Chris Flack, today shared the presenter's final unpublished Instagram message in her local paper, the Eastern Daily Press, in Norfolk where the TV personality grew up. She said her daughter was advised not to share the post on social media, but that her family "want people to read it". She said Ms Flack, whom she calls Carrie, sent it to her "at the end of January but was told not to post it by advisers". The ITV2 dating show did not air on Saturday or Sunday as a mark of respect to her family and returned on Monday with a tribute to the TV star, who started hosting the programme in 2015. Caroline Flack hanged herself at home, an inquest into her death has heard. Coroner's officer Sandra Polson said police had been driving through Northwold Road in Stoke Newington, north-east London, when they were flagged down on Saturday February 15. she had apparently been found hanging", the hearing at Poplar Coroner's Court, in east London, was told. No members of Flack's family were present. Flack stepped down from presenting the current series of Love Island after an alleged assault on her boyfriend, Lewis Burton. The TV star pleaded not guilty at a court hearing in December and was released on bail but ordered to stop having any contact with Mr Burton ahead of a trial, which had been due to begin in March. Ahead of the inquest hearing, Flack's family released an unpublished Instagram post she wrote in which she said the domestic incident involving Mr Burton was an accident. The note – which she was advised not to post – said: "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.