Caroline Flack's family has released a previously unseen Instagram post that the TV presenter wrote in the days before her death but was advised not to post to social media.

In the message, 40-year-old Flack spoke about the night she was arrested over a domestic incident with her boyfriend Lewis Burton, which she described as "an accident".

She said that within 24-hours her whole world and future had been swept from under her feet.

Flack was found dead in her London flat on Saturday, February 15. 

The former Love Island host wrote: "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."

Speaking to Eastern Daily Press, Flack’s mother, Chris Flack, said her daughter was advised not to share the post on social media, but that her family now "want people to read it".

"It was describing how she was feeling and what she had gone through - no more than that.
 
"It was not blaming anyone or pointing any fingers."

She also said that Flack, who she calls Carrie, sent her the message at the end of January and that she felt it was important for people to hear what she had to say.

She added: "Carrie was surrounded by love and friends but this was just too much for her.

"Her friends Molly, Lou, Sam, Liam and Simon need a very special mention and lots of thanks for trying so hard to keep her safe."

Mrs Flack added: "Jody her twin sister was there her whole life for her but this time nothing could take away the hurt of such injustice

"As Carrie would say: 'In a nasty world just be kind.'"

In the post, Caroline Flack wrote: "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."

Flack's inquest opened this morning, four days after the television presenter was found dead at her home in east London.

The hearing at Poplar Coroner's Court was adjourned until 5 August.

Flack's death prompted an outpouring of grief from celebrity friends and members of the public.

She stepped down from presenting the current winter series of Love Island after the alleged assault on Burton.

She pleaded not guilty at a court hearing in December and was released on bail.

But she was ordered to stop having any contact with Burton ahead of a trial, which had been due to begin in March.

Caroline Flack's message in full: 

"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."
 


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