Caroline Flack breaks down in tears as she enters court separately from boyfriend Lewis Burton to face charge of assaulting him – hours after the pair unfollowed each other on Instagram.
CAROLINE Flack sobbed at court this morning after she was charged with assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton.
Love Island presenter Caroline Flack arrived at court today separately to the boyfriend she is accused of beating up.
Flack, 40, was charged with common assault after a 5am bust-up at the flat she shares with her partner Lewis Burton in Islington, North London.
Flack, wearing high black leather boots and a black coat, arrived at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court this morning with a woman, shortly after Mr Burton, who was wearing a winter parka coat.
Flack broke down into floods of tears after she entered the court lobby, and could be heard sobbing as a friend supported her. She appeared before District Judge Julia Newton and the case was outlined by prosecutor Katie Weiss.
It comes after Flack and Mr Burton unfollowed each other on Instagram – and the presenter said she did not know ‘where to go’ or ‘who to trust’ in an emotional Instagram post yesterday.
She wrote: ‘This is the worst time of my life. I don’t know where to go to. Where to look. Who to trust. Or who I even am.’
Police were called to the 40-year-old’s flat in the early hours of December 12 after reports a man had been assaulted. Flack was charged the following day.
Model and ex-tennis player Mr Burton has defended Flack on Instagram describing her as ‘loyal and kind’, and criticised the ‘witch hunt’ following the incident.
The couple, who became an item this summer, reportedly remain together and are going to work through this together.
Following the incident Flack stepped down from the upcoming winter series of Love Island in South Africa.
On Friday ITV confirmed that TV presenter Laura Whitmore will replace Flack as the face of the popular ITV2 programme which sees young singletons find love in the sun.
Flack voiced her support for Miss Whitmore, who is the girlfriend of the show’s narrator Iain Stirling, and told how she is going through a ‘really rough time’.
The 34-year-old also paid tribute to Flack, who she said ‘pushed’ her to accept the role.
She said: ‘I want to thank ITV for trusting me at the helm of this huge show. I wish it was in better circumstances. Caroline is a brilliant host and also a friend.
‘She has been very kind to me and strongly pushed me for this role. I’ve watched her host every series and I know I have big boots to fill. I will try and do it justice.’
Flack, who has presented the series since 2015, wrote on Instagram that she is ‘glad it’s Laura’.
She added: ‘Thank you for your continuous messages of support. It’s a really rough time… but I’m doing all I can to keep my head above water and sort this all out.’
ITV has not confirmed whether Flack will return for the summer series next year.
Miss Whitmore has already replaced Flack in a job before, when she took over I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! NOW! – the programme’s follow on show – in 2011.
In 2018 she hosted ITV’s first attempt at a winter version of Love Island, Survival Of The Fittest, also in South Africa, which included eventual Love Island winner Dani Dyer among its contestants.
It was dropped after one series amid poor ratings. Miss Whitmore has dated Stirling since 2017. Love Island begins on ITV2 on January 12.
About Caroline Flack – WIKI
Caroline Louise Flack (born 9 November 1979) is an English radio and television presenter. She began her career as an actress, starring in Bo’ Selecta! in 2002 and has since presented various ITV2 spin-off shows such as I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! NOW! from 2009 until 2010 and The Xtra Factor from 2011 until 2013.
Flack won the twelfth series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2014 and the following year began presenting main series such as Love Island and The X Factor replacing long-standing presenter Dermot O’Leary.
Flack was born in Enfield, London and attended Great Hockham Primary School and Wayland Community High School in Watton, Norfolk.
In 2002, Flack got her break on television playing Bubbles on the sketch show Bo’ Selecta! She then went on to present the International Pepsi Chart Show, before moving to Channel 4 where, in 2005, she presented links between videos on E4 Music and co-presented The Games: Live at Trackside on E4 with Justin Lee Collins. In 2005, she also had a regular segment in the video games show When Games Attack.
A year later, she co-presented the Saturday morning show TMi with Sam and Mark which aired on BBC Two and the CBBC Channel. Subsequently, she hosted CBBC show Escape from Scorpion Island together with Reggie Yates.
In March 2007, Flack hosted the CBBC coverage of Comic Relief does Fame Academy,commenting on the semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 with Paddy O’Connell.She also hosted Big Brother’s Big Mouth during Week 5 of the 2008 series.
Daily Mirror journalist Rob Leigh noted that “her sharp delivery makes her the best presenter they’ve had on this series”.However, this was not the first time that Flack was linked to Big Brother. Before the series started, it had been reported that she was Dermot O’Leary’s replacement on Big Brother’s Little Brother.
In 2009, Flack replaced Kirsty Gallacher as co-host of Gladiators with Ian Wright for the second series on Sky1. In July 2009, she filled in on the BBC’s Sunday show Something for the Weekend, while Amanda Hamilton went on maternity leave.
In the same year, she began hosting the ITV2 reality show I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here NOW!Filming clashes with I’m a Celebrity meant that she could not film the next series of TMi, leading to her bowing out after three series.
In November 2010, she returned to host I’m a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here Now! on ITV2. Also in 2009, Flack won BBC Three’s Dancing on Wheels with disabled partner James O’Shea and together the pair represented Great Britain in the 2009 Wheelchair Dancing European Championships in Tel Aviv, finishing 16th in their category.
Flack co-presented game show The Whole 19 Yards with Vernon Kay on ITV in 2010. She also modelled for the lads’ mag Maxim. On 16 February 2010, she presented backstage at the 2010 BRIT Awards on ITV2.
In 2011, Flack was a team captain on the ITV2 game show Minute to Win It.
In May 2011, it was announced that Flack and Olly Murs would co-present the eighth series of The Xtra Factor, replacing Konnie Huq. Flack and Murs both returned for the ninth series. Flack returned for the tenth series in 2013, while Murs was replaced by Matt Richardson.
In October 2013, it was announced that Flack would present The X Factor backstage during the live shows on Saturdays.On 12 June 2014, it was confirmed that Flack would not return for series and was replaced by Sarah-Jane Crawford.
In 2014, Flack hosted the ITV2 show Viral Tap. In December 2014, she reunited with Murs to host a Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve programme on British radio station Magic.
On 16 April 2015, it was announced that Flack, along with Murs would replace Dermot O’Leary as the hosts for the 12th series ofThe X Factor from August 2015.
On 22 February 2016, Flack and Murs confirmed that they would not be returning for the 13th series of The X Factor and were replaced by returning host Dermot O’Leary.
She began presenting ITV2’s Love Island in June 2015 and its spin-off show Love Island: Aftersun when the third series aired from June 2017. On 17 December 2019, Flack announced that she would be standing down as host for the sixth series following allegations of assault towards her boyfriend.
On 24 August 2015, Flack announced on her Twitter account that she would release an autobiography titled “Storm In A C Cup” on 22 October 2015.
On 18 December 2015, Flack was part of the presenting team for ITV’s Christmas telethon Text Santa.
On 8 May 2016, Flack began co-presenting Sunday Morning Breakfast from 9 am to noon over the summer with Gethin Jones across the Heart Network.