Following the horrific news that Caroline Flack had died by suicide on 15 February, there was a great deal of discussion around whether the current contestants of Love Island, who were not allowed contact with the outside world during the show, should have been informed. However, the show's winners Paige and Finn have since revealed that they were told the tragic news ahead of the series' finale, and said that they were "thankful" for the decision.
Paige and Finn spoke about when they were informed of the news
Speaking to The Sun, Finn said: "We were told just before the final. They wanted to tell us at the best time and the best way and we’re thankful that they did that. We remember her fondly. We loved her as a fan watching it on telly over the past few series, that’s the relationship we had with her." Paige added: "Everybody knew how much she loved Love Island. It’s such a sensitive subject, we just send love to Caroline’s family."
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WATCH: Laura Whitmore's beautiful tribute to Caroline
Laura Whitmore, who took over the series' presenting duties from Caroline, paid an emotional tribute to her at the beginning of the show's finale, saying: "The past week has been extremely difficult, coming to terms with the loss of our friend and colleague, Caroline. We're thinking of her family and everyone who knew her at this time. Caroline loved Love Island. She loved love, and that's why tonight's final is dedicated to her." She has since confirmed that the summer edition of the show will be going ahead, telling viewers: "If you're at home thinking, 'Get me in that villa' then I have a treat for you." She continued: "The next series will be heading back to sunny Majorca this summer, so just pop over to ITV.com/loveisland for all the details of how to apply."
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