'It'll never be right': Laura Whitmore says Caroline Flack's death 'scared' her
"It did frighten me."
Laura Whitmore has said that Caroline Flack's death "scared her," and that she will "never be OK" with what happened to her friend.
Flack passed away earlier this year during January's instalment of Love Island. She had stepped away from the show not long before following the assault charge made against her.
Whitmore told Cosmopolitan UK that Flack's death "did frighten me."
"It'll never be OK and it'll never be right," she said. "It did scare me."
"She was so strong-willed and feisty and I remember thinking, 'God, I wish I could be as strong as her'. I felt like if people said things, it wouldn't bother her. But obviously it did because everyone is human.
"I don't want to speculate reasons because nobody will ever know. It did frighten me."
Whitmore took over hosting duties of Love Island earlier this year. She said that she was initially reluctant to take the gig due to the high pressure that comes with working on such popular shows.
She said that although there are many positives, "it's also got negative parts too."
"I love doing live TV," she said, "... so it just felt very comfortable. The show was the easiest thing."
"It was everything around it that I couldn't cope with. When I got the call I was like, 'I need to talk to Iain, I need to talk to Caroline.
"Obviously you're delighted that ITV trust you to do such a big show, but a friend of yours is also going through hell (...) Caroline had messaged me first to say, 'I hope you get it', which was really nice."
Whitmore has been dating fellow Love Island presenter Iain Stirling since July 2017. They had met at an ITV part the year before and had "hit it off immediately."
They are currently self isolating together in London.