‘Love Island’ Returned to ITV With Emotional Tribute to Caroline Flack

Love Island returned to ITV following the death of Caroline Flack. Although the television presenter was not the host of the winter season, she had been part of the show since the beginning. Narrator Iain Stirling paid an emotional tribute to the late host and brought fans to tears.

Caroline Flack
Caroline Flack | Darren Gerrish/Getty Images

“We are all absolutely devastated by the tragic news that Caroline, a much-loved member of our Love Island family, has passed away,” Stirling is heard saying over images of the coast of Capetown, South Africa. “Like many of you, right now, we are just trying to come to terms with what happened.”

Stirling continued, “My only hope is that we can all be kinder, always show love and listen to one another. Caroline, I want to thank you for all the fun times we had making our favorite show. You were a true friend to me. I’m going to miss you Caz.”

Lewis Burton pays tribute to Caroline Flack

Flack was heavily scrutinized in the media for her love life. The Love Island host had been dating Lewis Burton, who she was accused of assaulting. She was to appear in court in a couple of weeks to start the trial. The couple had been advised to not contact each other and stay off social media. Burton broke the ban on Valentine’s Day when he shared a picture of them wishing Flack the best and saying, “I love you.”

After the devastating news that Flack had passed away, Burton dedicated an emotional post in her honor.

“My heart is broken we had something so special,” he wrote. “I am so lost for words, am in so much pain. I miss you so much, I know you felt safe with me. You always said I don’t think about anything else when I am with you and I was not allowed to be there this time, I kept asking and asking.”

“I will be your voice baby I promise I will ask all the questions you wanted and I will get all the answers. Nothing will bring you back but I will try [to] make you proud every day,” Burton continued. “I love you with all my heart.”

Caroline Flack’s last posts on Instagram

Due to all the negativity, Flack had received online, her presence on social media had been minimal. On Christmas Day she broke her silence to wish all her fans all the best.

“Been advised not to go on social media … but I wanted to say happy Christmas to everyone who has been so incredibly kind to me this year,” she wrote. “This kind of scrutiny and speculation is a lot to take on for one person. I’m a human being at the end of the day and I’m not going to be silenced when I have a story to tell and a life to keep going with.”

Flack ended her post saying she was taking time for herself to think about things and get herself feeling better.

“I’m taking some time out to get feeling better and learn some lessons from situations I’ve got myself into to. I have nothing but love to give and best wishes for everyone,” she ended.

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