Caroline Flack was a ‘complicated person’ says Xtra Factor co-star Matt Richardson after her tragic death


CAROLINE Flack was a “complicated person” says her former Xtra Factor co-star Matt Richardson.

The comedian, 28, has described the tragic star as “kind, loyal and savvy” but revealed that negative comments from trolls on Twitter could ruin her whole night when they worked together.

Caroline Flack’s former co-star Matt Richardson has revealed Caroline Flack was a ‘complicated person’ following her death

Matt took over from Olly Murs to co-host the X Factor spin-off show in 2013 with Caroline.

“It’s such a shame that it ended the way it did. I always thought she was dealing with it all, but obviously not,” he told the Almost Famous podcast following her death by suicide earlier this month. 

He continued: “She was a complicated person. She was very loyal, she was super kind.”

Matt revealed that Caroline would scroll through Twitter reading trolls’ comments during the ad breaks.

He said she was like a sister to him

They presented Xtra Factor together until it was cancelled

“You’re getting 50,000 tweets a night, you really become obsessed with it. It’s really easy to get stuck in,” he said.

“Even back then I would really disagree with her with it because as soon as the break happened, she would be on her phone and looking.

“Whereas I would never bring my phone in, ‘I’ll do the show and then look’.

“Caroline always found it and it would really ruin her night, even if we had a great show.”

They remained friends after the show was scrapped

He added: “It was frustrating, she’s always had a thick skin, but there’s only so much you can take before it wears you down.”

Simon Cowell axed the show in an ITV shake-up in 2017 but the pair remained firm friends and Matt was often invited on Love Island’s spin-off Aftersun.

After her death, he wrote on Instagram: “Caz was a very significant part of my life. I hadn’t seen her in a while and I’m now regretting that hugely.

Matt says Caroline was ‘loyal and savvy’

He regrets not spending more time with her before she died

“When I first started in telly she took me under her wing and defended me and protected me fiercely.

“She didn’t feel like a friend, she felt like a big sister.

“We laughed, we fought, we had so many inside jokes I can’t even list them all.

“She was always there, and rescued me from the depths of terrible relationships.

“The thing that I will miss is her laugh and how making her laugh made me feel. I don’t think I can get my head around her not being here.

“She was the most fun, she always made me feel like I was the best me. And she was always someone I thought I’d have to speak to, to laugh with forever.

“I’m gutted. I was proud to be her friend, and I hope I made her proud to be mine.”

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