Boyfriend of Reality TV Host Who Committed Suicide Speaks Out

Lewis Burton's 'heart is broken' over Caroline Flack's death
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2020 4:37 PM CST
Boyfriend of Reality TV Host Who Committed Suicide Speaks Out
In this file photo dated Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, Love Island TV presenter Caroline Flack, center, is escorted by police as she arrives at court in London, after being charged with assault of former professional tennis player and model Lewis Burton.   (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, FILE)

British former reality TV host Caroline Flack killed herself ahead of a trial for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend—and now that boyfriend is revealing his devastation over her death, the AP reports. Lewis Burton, 27, posted a picture of himself and Flack, 40, to Instagram on Sunday along with a caption saying, "My heart is broken we had something so special." He continued, "I am so lost for words I am in so much pain I miss you so much I know you felt safe with me you always said I don’t think about anything else when I am with you and I was not allowed to be there this time I kept asking and asking." The AP notes that one of Flack's bail restrictions banned her from having any contact with Burton, which Burton objected to. Burton also reportedly objected to Britain's Crown Prosecution Service pursuing the trial.

"I will be your voice baby I promise I will ask all the questions you wanted and I will get all the answers," he posted. "nothing will bring you back but I will try make you proud everyday." Flack hosted the controversial Love Island until her December arrest for allegedly assaulting Burton; Page Six reports he initially accused her of hitting him in the head with a lamp, but later backtracked on that claim. Since her death, critics have questioned why CPS pursued the case without Burton's cooperation, and many have slammed the British tabloid media for negative reports on Flack. A petition calling for the government to investigate the press' treatment of Flack and other celebrities including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle racked up more than 200,000 signatures within its first day online, Variety reports. The Guardian notes Flack had been "catnip" for tabloids for years, but that negative coverage ramped up considerably after her arrest.

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