Caroline Flack wrote an unpublished Instagram post weeks before she killed herself revealing how her “whole world and future was swept from under [her] feet” over claims she assaulted her boyfriend, her family has said.
The former Love Island presenter, who was found dead aged 40 on Saturday a day after she discovered she would stand trial accused of assault, said the domestic incident was an accident.
In the message, which Flack’s family has released after the star’s advisers warned her against posting it, she said she “took responsibility for what happened that night” but insisted she “was NOT a domestic abuser”.
The star – who was stripped of her Love Island presenting role by ITV while she faced trial – also opened up about her inner demons and the pressure of being in the public spotlight, adding that “truth has been taken out of my hands and used as entertainment”.
The release of the post comes ahead of the start of an inquest on Wednesday into Flack’s death, with tributes pouring in for the presenter and the Crown Prosecution Service facing criticism for its decision to charge her.
Flack was due to stand trial next month after pleading not guilty to assaulting her boyfriend, Lewis Burton, with a lamp at her London flat. At a pre-trial hearing in December, the court was told that 27-year-old Burton sustained a “significant injury to his head” and had dialled 999.
It is understood that Burton, who has said he is heartbroken by her death, had told police and prosecutors he wanted to withdraw his complaint against Flack.