Louise Redknapp slams online bullies as she remembers Caroline Flack

‘How many more will die like Caroline Flack before the trolling stops?’ Louise Redknapp hits out at relentless bullies on social media as she remembers her late friend

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Louise Redknapp has hit out at the normalised culture of bullying on social media, as she looks back at the tragic suicide of her close friend Caroline Flack.

The Love Island host took her own life at her north-east London home on February 15 aged 40 – a day after learning the CPS would be pursuing a case of assault against her following a row with boyfriend Lewis Burton.

But Louise, 46, has also linked it to the trolling Caroline faced, writing in her new book You’ve Got This: ‘I know of many women who suffer due to trolling. How many more will die before there is real change?’

Tragedy: Louise Redknapp, left, has hit out at the normalised culture of bullying on social media, as she looks back at the tragic suicide of her close friend Caroline Flack, right

In the excerpt, published by The Mirror, she continued: ‘Caroline was a great friend of mine, and she was the most warm-hearted and fun person. She lit up every room she went into with her warmth and energy, and her smile was dazzling.’ 

Following the TV personality’s passing, #BeKind became a popular hashtag on social media after it was spearheaded by Louise and a number of other public figures. 

‘But the world kept turning and the trolling and bullying continues,’ said Louise. ‘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.’

Demanding an immediate call to action, the former Eternal singer asserted that something needs to change – and it needs to happen now’ – echoing similar recent calls for more robust measures to be taken.

Bullying: Noting the trolling Caroline faced, writing in her new book You’ve Got This, ‘I know of many women who suffer due to trolling. How many more will die before there is real change?’

One day after the TV host’s death, Louise revealed the pair became good friends after Caroline reached out to her when she was going through a tough time after the breakdown of her 19-year marriage to Jamie Redknapp in 2017. 

Sharing a slew of snaps of herself posing with her friend in happier times, Louise wrote: ‘I’m not quite sure where to start with this it is so heartbreaking.

‘Caroline when things were tough for me and you were going through equally such a tough time you reached out to me and it was so nice to have someone that had been there and been through the same emotions and feelings as me even though different circumstances.

‘I always think it takes a certain soul to be able to reach out to someone who they don’t really know that well and speak from the heart but you did that for me and from that moment a close friendship was founded.

‘I feel so proud that I was someone that you felt you could trust and that you could speak to at any time about anything.

Tragedy: Caroline took her own life at her north-east London home on February 15, aged 40

‘I know what really mattered to you was being loved and being cared for and I just wish you could see how loved you were by so many people . You didn’t deserve any of this what has happened.

Louise praised Caroline for giving her the confidence to restart her music career after years out of the industry, and for empowering her during the journey.

She continued: ‘You were the kindest, brightest fun and sincere friend I’ve met in this industry. You turned up to every show I ever did coming back in to the industry you helped me believe I could go back and do something I never thought I could do again.

‘Whether it was a little DJ set, a west-end show or a music gig you were there being the brightest loudest biggest loyalest supporter.

‘We spoke often about the people we wanted to become about being strong women about not letting people hurt us about standing up for what we believe in and supporting each other. 

Pal: She said of her late pal, ‘Caroline was a great friend of mine, and she was the most warm-hearted and fun person. She lit up every room she went into with her warmth and energy’

‘And i’m gonna do my best to be that person that you and I spoke about. I’m gonna try and do this for us for all the good things we said and the positive conversations we had you were an absolute star a nugget of gold.

‘I feel really lucky to have had you as a friend, you were the girl that everybody wanted to be friends with and be in your corner on a night out. We would always have so much fun.

‘I know this will be hard for everyone to come to terms with but all I can say is I will try and speak your messages, I will try and live by all the things that we spoke about and I will try to be your voice and best be person I can be for you . Caroline I was so proud to be your friend you were our girl!’

Caroline tragically took her own life at her home in Stoke Newington, a day after learning the CPS would be pursuing a case of assault against her following a row with boyfriend Lewis Burton at her home in December. 

Her funeral took place on March 10 at Greenacres at Colney, near Norwich, a ceremonial park set in a 16-acre forest.

Change: Demanding an immediate call to action, the former Eternal singer asserted that something needs to change – and it needs to happen now’

The star’s mother Christine revealed details of the private funeral held for the star last year.

She told The Eastern Daily Press: ‘There were lots of memories, smiles but mostly tears as we all remembered Carrie and the joy she had brought to all of our lives.  

‘All the family would like to say thank you so much to all Carrie’s friends who travelled from all over the world to be there that day and who appreciated why we wanted to bring her back home to Norfolk.

‘Friends included all the old pals she had either worked alongside or presented with on Fash FC, I’m A Celebrity, Xtra Factor, Love Island, friends old and new from the world of Strictly, the Bake Off and many many more.’

If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org. 

RIP: Caroline’s death came a day after learning the CPS would be pursuing a case of assault against her following a row with boyfriend Lewis Burton at her home the December before

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