CAROLINE Flack’s mum opened up about her heartbreaking struggle to remind her daughter she had a “fabulous career” before her tragic death by suicide.
Christine Flack said she would try to remind her daughter of the good things in her life, but the words were “not being heard”.
Despite her personal struggles, Christine said Caroline – who died at age 40 – would tell her off for being judgmental of people on television.
Speaking to ITV Anglia, Christine said: “We tried to talk to her and say you’ve got this fabulous career and you’ve got a nice home.
“But actually, that doesn’t matter, because that isn’t how they feel. I think when someone is in that place, what we say isn’t being heard.
“She was always frightened that the public would find out that she was vulnerable and she had these dark feelings.”
Christine added: “I used to sit with Caroline and watch television, the same as everybody else, and I would say, ‘Oh I don’t like them’.
“And she’d say: ‘Mum, you don’t even know them.’ It made me stop and think, no I don’t.
“We judge people and we don’t know them. We don’t know what they’re going through.”
The Love Island presenter died by suicide in her London flat on February 15.
At Caroline’s inquest, Christine said her daughter’s death had been caused by the Crown Prosecution Service’s insistence on holding a celebrity “show trial” over a fight she had with Lewis.
The CPS decided to make her stand trial for assault despite the fact Lewis did not want charges brought — and knowing Caroline was suffering mental distress.
Caroline, who had a history of depression, denied assault. Her Crown Court trial had been fixed for March.
Her inquest heard that Caroline was distraught in the weeks after her arrest and tormented by the thought of a trial.
In a statement Christine said: “My family and I are totally devastated by the untimely and unnecessary death of my beautiful daughter.
“I believe she was seriously let down by the authorities and particularly by the CPS.
“I believe this was a show trial. I feel the prosecutor was unkind to Caroline and my family.
“I was threatened with arrest when I tried to speak. Being well known should not allow special treatment but should not allow making an example of someone.”
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