Caroline Flack’s Xtra Factor co-host Matt Richardson says star was ‘suspicious of people’
Caroline Flack’s friend and Xtra Factor colleague Matt Richardson, 28, has described her as a “complicated person” while speaking about their friendship. The Love Island presenter tragically died on February 15 after taking her own life.
Matt, who hosted X Factor spin-off show The Xtra Factor alongside Caroline after Olly Murs stepped down from his presenting role in 2013, said she was sometimes “suspicious of people” due to being hurt in the past.
While talking to Barnaby Slater in the Almost Famous podcast, the comedian said: “It’s such a shame that it ended the way it did. I always thought she was dealing with it all, but obviously not.
“I can’t sit here and pretend our working relationship was plain sailing. We argued a lot and fell out a lot.
“But we sit down and we’d really talk it out. She could be difficult and stubborn sometimes. We pushed back against each other.”
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In spite of their occasional arguments, Matt said Caroline was “loyal and super kind”.
He continued: “She was a complicated person. She was very loyal, she was super kind.
“She was very suspicious of people. There were a few times I would be out and she would text me.
“I would say ‘come out’ and she’d be a bit offish with my mates because she didn’t trust them.
“I said ‘look I’ve known them since I was six, it’s OK’ and then she’d be fine.”
Matt then explained: “But it was because she’d been messed around so much, she could be stand-offish with people.”
The TV personality credited Caroline for teaching him how to present, but said he “disagreed” with her tendency to read comments posted about her on Twitter during the ITV2 show’s ad breaks.
He revealed: “You’re getting 50,000 tweets a night, you really become obsessed with it. It’s really easy to get stuck in.
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“Even back then I would really disagree with her with it because as soon as the break happened, she would be on her phone and looking.
‘Whereas I would never bring my phone in “I’ll do the show and then look”.
He admitted: “Caroline always found it and it would really ruin her night, even if we had a great show.
“It was frustrating, she’s always had a thick skin, but there’s only so much you can take before it wears you down.”
Matt also posted an emotional tribute dedicated to Caroline following the sad news of her death.
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He wrote: “I don’t really know what the f**k to write. Caz was a very significant part of my life. I hadn’t seen her in a while and I’m now regretting that hugely. When I first started in telly she took me under her wing and defended me and protected me fiercely.
“She didn’t feel like a friend, she felt like a big sister. We laughed, we fought, we had so many inside jokes I can’t even list them all. She was always there, and rescued me from the depths of terrible relationships.
“The thing that I will miss is her laugh and how making her laugh made me feel. I don’t think I can get my head around her not being here.
“She was the most fun, she always made me feel like I was the best me. And she was always someone I thought I’d have to speak to, to laugh with forever. I’m gutted. I was proud to be her friend, and I hope I made her proud to be mine.”
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