OK! looks back on beautiful first photoshoot with Caroline Flack following star’s tragic death at 40

OK! looks back on beautiful first photoshoot with Caroline Flack following star’s tragic death at 40


In the days following her death, social media was filled with heartfelt tributes to Caroline Flack. Her passing touched everyone, from those close to her, to those who felt they knew her and her infectious laugh and bubbly personality that made her TV gold.

Fronting shows like The X Factor and Love Island meant she became a regular fixture in all our living rooms. She was the kind of star you felt could be one of your mates and you could enjoy a giggle and a glass of wine with.

OK! first met Caroline back in March 2017 when we did an exclusive interview and shoot with her. She had been presenting shows such as TMI With Sam and Mark, The Games but was yet to breakthrough.

Former OK! editor Christian Guiltenane recalls: “Caroline was a delightful mish mash of shy and extravert. When she arrived at the location house in north London she was really excited about about doing a photo shoot. When the clothes rack was set up she couldn’t wait to gleefully pore over the outfits and picked out the ones that she liked most.

"Chatting to her during the shots, Caroline was open and when we started talking about lads and love she was refreshingly honest about what she wanted in a fella. She laughed off the idea of dating her mate Russell Brand and branded Kate Moss’s beau Pete Doherty too scruffy to date, which I was very relieved to hear!

“She spoke about wanting to be as successful as Fearne Cotton, Holly Willoughby and Davina McCall, who were the hot presenters at the time.

"I had a feeling we would see a lot more of her in the future, though could no way have predicted the amazing career path she would eventually take.

"After that shoot, OK! worked with Caroline a lot over the years. And although I didn’t interview her again for the magazine, we kept in touch from time to time via social media and I would send her my best wishes when she had some exciting news.

“When the news broke at Christmas she had been arrested, I dropped her a DM, telling her to ignore the coverage and to assure her it would pass and hoped she was being smothered by her friends’ support.

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"She replied thanking me for the message and assuring me she had people around her but ended it with a broken heart emoji. The news of her death hit hard.

"We weren’t friends, but I think because she was someone who we all believed to live a gold tinted life but had in fact felt so alone and so broken to do what she did made us all question our own lives and how we live them.

"It's incredibly sad to imagine that never see more form this talented lady.”

Caroline's life in pictures

Growing up in rural Norfolk with twin sister Jody, brother Paul and older sister Liz, under the loving care of parents Ian and Christine, Caroline Flack enjoyed an idyllic childhood.

Her autobiography, Storm In A C Cup, paints a happy picture of sunny days catching tadpoles with her dad, petting pigs on the local farm with her animal-mad sister and memorising pop songs on the radio.

Referring to Jody, Caroline later revealed: “From the moment I woke up until the moment I went to sleep I never knew what it was like to be alone.” She added, “I’m very lucky to have a twin. We’re very close. We shared a bed until we were four… but we’re quite different.”

Initially, they both attended the local drama society, but it was Caroline who pursued her love of performing. She went on to win a place at the Bodywork Company dance studios in Cambridge, where she had “the best years of my life”.

She got her big break on TV starring with Leigh Francis in his comedy sketch show Bo’ Selecta! and the pair became close friends.

Jody, meanwhile, stayed out of the limelight. “She’s a mum with three beautiful children, so we have completely different lives, but we each enjoy the other’s life vicariously,” said Caroline.

As her fame grew, it was always Jody she turned to for support. Sharing many warm messages about “the good twin”, Caroline wrote: “We will always look after each other and not let ANYONE or anything come between us”.

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