Caroline Flack says she’s ‘really, really angry’ Love Island is blamed for Mike Thalassistis’ death and says it’s NOT the show’s fault


CAROLINE Flack says she’s “really, really angry” Love Island is blamed for Mike Thalassistis’ death and insists it’s NOT the show’s fault.

The 39-year-old was left devastated by Mike’s tragic passing in March at the age of just 26.

Caroline Flack says she’s “really, really angry” Love Island is blamed for Mike Thalassistis’ death and insists it’s NOT the show’s fault
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Many were quick to blame a lack of aftercare for Love Island contestants for his death, but speaking to the new edition of Cosmopolitan, Caroline insisted that wasn’t the case.

She said: “It’s dangerous and I’m really, really angry.

“It’s not just that you’re blaming a TV show, you’re blaming people and their jobs.

“In life we all have a duty of care to look out for each other, but I don’t think it’s fair to point fingers of blame.

Mike passed away in March aged just 26
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Caroline speaks about Mike’s death in the new issue of Cosmopolitan
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The pair became friends after Mike appeared on the 2017 series of the ITV2 reality show


“This is a much bigger issue than just a reality TV show, and when something this bad happens – and I’m talking about Mike – when something this horrible and sad occurs, it’s so dangerous to point fingers within hours and minutes of it happening.”

Mike took his own life in parkland near Edmonton, North London, and Caroline said it’s wrong for people to try and guess what was going on in the run up to the tragedy.

She continued: “None of us know what’s going through someone’s mind and we can’t sit there and speculate.

“It’s time to think about the bigger picture, about what’s going on with young men and young people and the pressures of modern life.


Caroline said the tragic Love Island star was always a “total gentleman” to her
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“It’s just too sad and too sensitive to talk about.

“He was always a total gentleman to me and I’m going to be a total lady back.”


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