Dawn O’Porter has paid tribute to Caroline Flack, reflecting on what her close friend would have been up to during the lockdown.
O’Porter, 41, was one of the many people left devastated when Flack took her own life in February and two months on, she has written about the feeling of grief “that a lot of us have to live with now.”
The author posted a picture of her and Flack beaming for the cameras on Instagram.
The snap was taken at the launch of O’Porter’s London pop-up shop in 2015 and next to it, she wrote: “This was a big night for me. Caroline showed up, as she always did.
“I keep waiting for it to feel easier. It doesn’t. I guess this is just a feeling that a lot of us have to live with now.
“Grief shouldn’t feel lonely when so many billions of people have felt it, but still it does. Maybe that’s because no one can replace what you lost, and everyone is someone different to everybody else.”
O’Porter added: “Caroline meant a lot to me.”
“She meant a lot to a lot of people in a lot of different ways,” O’Porter continued, adding that the presenter was “special.”
“That laugh. That humour. That loyalty. I miss it all. To think she didn’t even know about any of what’s happened to the world,” she said.
“She’d still have worn her stick on nails in isolation, I bet. I miss you my love.”
Friends and fans soon shared supportive messages on O’Porter’s post with chef Gizzi Erskine, who was also a close friend of Flack’s, writing: “Awwww Dawn. Miss her so so much. Too scared to write anymore. Everything you write is so perfect. I keep cracking up thinking of her in isolation.”
“Sending you so much love,” presenter Angela Scanlon replied.
Flack died at the age of 40 in February and her family later stated she had taken her own life.
Her death sent shockwaves through the entertainment industry and tributes were paid online, at the Brit Awards and during the Winter series of Love Island.
Two episodes of Love Island were pulled from schedules in the wake of the tragic news and when the show returned, a beach scene played as voiceover artist Iain Stirling sent his condolences to Flack’s family at the start of the show.