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Caroline Flack’s boyfriend says ‘my heart is broken’

Caroline Flack's boyfriend said they had "something special" as he paid tribute to the former Love Island host, who was found dead in her London flat on Saturday.

n an emotional Instagram post, Lewis Burton said: “My heart is broken”.

A lawyer for her family said Flack had taken her own life.

Her management company said the 40-year-old had been “under huge pressure” since she was accused of assaulting Burton – a charge she denied.

She was due to stand trial next month.

In his post accompanying a picture of the couple at a beach bar, Burton promised the star he would “be your voice baby”, and that he would “try make you proud everyday”.

n an emotional Instagram post, Lewis Burton said: “My heart is broken”.

A lawyer for her family said Flack had taken her own life.

Her management company said the 40-year-old had been “under huge pressure” since she was accused of assaulting Burton – a charge she denied.

She was due to stand trial next month.

In his post accompanying a picture of the couple at a beach bar, Burton promised the star he would “be your voice baby”, and that he would “try make you proud everyday”.

Fellow ITV presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly said they were “devastated” by the news.

Honey Lancaster-James, a TV psychologist who worked with celebrity contestants on an early series of Love Island, said it was important not to “point the finger of blame”.

Anger was a natural response to death – particularly in tragic circumstances, she said, but people shouldn’t speculate about what was in Flack’s mind.

“There are often a number of factors, and a number of things that have led to a deterioration in mental health,” she said, adding that she didn’t know Caroline Flack personally.

Flack last posted a collage of images to her Instagram followers on Thursday

Many of those who paid tribute urged for greater kindness towards people going through difficult circumstances.

This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield wrote on Instagram: “You poor darling girl my heart is breaking #BeKind”.

Kady McDermott, who featured in the show’s second series, said: “Devastated to hear the news about Caroline Flack.

“Caroline was nothing but kind to me and that’s how I will always remember her.

“Saddens me so much when people think the only way out is death. My prayers and thoughts go out to Caroline’s friends and family.”

Confirming that Saturday’s episode of Love Island would not air, an ITV spokeswoman said: “Everybody at Love Island and ITV is shocked and saddened by this desperately sad news.”

Meanwhile, Strictly Come Dancing praised Flack’s “infectious energy and passion for dance” in a statement on Twitter.

Flack won series 12 of the show in 2014.

“The entire Strictly Come Dancing family are heartbroken to hear this incredibly sad news,” the tweet said.

Judge Bruno Tonioli said he could not believe the news, and praised Flack as “always so much fun to be around”.

The show’s co-presenters, Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly, both posted messages in tribute to Flack, with Winkleman saying her death was “heartbreaking”.

Flack’s friend Dawn O’Porter posted a string of messages on Twitter, saying: “At some point I will find my words, and I will write the tribute she deserves. My dear friend. I’m lost.”

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