Louise Redknapp hits out at trolls following Caroline Flack’s tragic death and demands ‘real change’
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Louise Redknapp has hit out at cruel online trolls following the tragic death of Caroline Flack.
Singer Louise, 46, was left heartbroken after her Love Island host friend Caroline took her own life age 40 last year.
And now Louise, who recently revealed many celebrity friends dumped her after her split from husband Jamie, has paid tribute to Caroline.
Writing in her new book, You’ve Got This as seen by the Irish Mirror, Louise wrote: “Caroline was a great friend of mine, and she was the most warm-hearted and fun person.
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“She lit up every room she went into with her warmth and energy, and her smile was dazzling.”
Louise was among a number of Caroline’s friends who pushed the message ‘be kind’, which was inspired by the final quote the TV star shared on her Instagram before she tragically passed away. It read: “In a world where You can be anything, be kind.”
But, sadly, trolling is something that has continued online. And Louise has now said: “I’d love to live in a world where this kind of bullying behaviour is not tolerated.
“I know of many women who suffer due to trolling. How many more will die before there is real change?”
Singer Louise, who recently revealed she’s been ghosted on dating apps, also opened up on the #BeKind movement.
She said: “We all talked about being more kind to each other and the hashtag #BeKind snowballed.
“It felt like there was a widespread call to be kinder, both on and offline, because you never know what someone is really going through.
“For a few days it felt like something really might shift, that perhaps people were starting to take stock of the true impact our online behaviour can have.
“But the world kept turning and the trolling and bullying continues.”
Louise added: “We need more than just empty words.
“Online spaces might be a place for free expression, but they’re also often fertile ground for bullying, boorishness and cruelty.
“There are many people out there who are written about in this way and they are deeply unhappy.
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“Something needs to change – and it needs to happen now.”
Louise also opened up on her friendship with the late TV star as she explained: “I never really had any ‘showbiz’ friends. The person I was always closest to was Caroline. We could talk to each other about our relationships and lives and there was never any judgement.
“I also knew I could trust her and that whatever we told each other would stay between us.”
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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