Skip to main contentSkip to footer

Brave Danny Cipriani makes heartbreaking confession following death of ex-girlfriend Caroline Flack

The rugby player remained close to the Love Island presenter despite their split

danny cipriani photo shoot
Aisha Nozari
Online Writer
21 February 2020
Share this:

Danny Cipriani took to Instagram on Friday to post an emotional 18-minute video in tribute to his ex-girlfriend Caroline Flack, who took her own life at her London home on Saturday. The rugby star told his followers that he had been in regular contact with the Love Island presenter over the last few months, and revealed that she had tried to contact him hours before her death. Danny also bravely opened up his own mental health issues, adding that at certain points he had considered taking his own life. The 32-year-old told the camera that he was telling his story because "people need to hear it".

Danny said: "I couldn't do it because I had some fight in me." He continued: "I've worried my whole life what people say about me. I don't care any more. I know who I am." Following the struggles he experienced in his early twenties, Danny said he wanted to share his story now because he knew Caroline believed in him. Danny explained: "I'm telling everyone now what my most embarrassing and shameful moments are because I know she knew I had the strength to do this – and we had spoken about how things had to change."

View post on Twitter

Danny shared the post on social media

He continued: "I'm saying these things out loud so people understand it’s okay to be vulnerable and you can take it any way that you choose, and that is also okay."

MORE: Olly Murs shares poignant message from holiday with girlfriend Amelia Tank

Danny Cipriani playing rugby © Photo: Getty Images

Danny is a talented rugby player 

MORE: Caroline Flack's boyfriend Lewis Burton shares unseen photo of couple

The sportsman also revealed that he had struggled with his skin colour and mixed heritage, explaining that he had "always been made to feel like you're not white enough or you're not black enough," adding that he had "always been different".

Danny ended the video by urging those watching to "be kind" to one another, and saying he does not want Caroline's death to be in vain.

If you've been affected by this story, talk to the Samaritans on 116 123 or email or 

Social media is a brilliant way to connect people and create communities, but it also has a dark side. Join HELLO!'s #HelloToKindness movement to promote positivity on social media. A kind ethos underpins everything we do at HELLO! and we urge our community to think twice before you post. Find out more about the #HelloToKindness movement.

Make sure you never miss a ROYAL story! Sign up to our newsletter to get all of our celebrity, royal and lifestyle news delivered directly to your inbox.

Sign up to HELLO Daily! for the best royal, celebrity and lifestyle coverage

By entering your details, you are agreeing to HELLO! Magazine User Data Protection Policy. You can unsubscribe at any time. For more information, please click here.

More Celebrity News

See more