Caroline Flack, 32, is the host of ITV2 show Love Island, but prior to this, the TV personality claimed victory in the BBC series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2014 which saw her lift the Glitterball trophy with professional partner Pasha Kovalev. But the presenter has since admitted despite being crowned champion, off-screen she was feeling the total opposite as she battled through depression. Speaking to The Sun previously, the former X-Factor host revealed she struggled to “get up” and felt “so sad”. She told the publication: “It all started the day after I won Strictly. I woke up and felt like somebody had covered my body in cling-film.
“I couldn’t get up and just couldn’t pick myself up at all that next year. I felt ridiculous, being so sad when I’d just won the biggest show on telly and had such an amazing job.”
Caroline added: “People see the celebrity lifestyle and assume everything is perfect, but we’re just like everyone else. Everyone is battling something emotional behind closed doors — that’s life. Fame doesn’t make you happy.”
Shortly after this, the small-screen star said she was prescribed medication but decide to stop taking them after six months.
Instead, she opted for a “juice retreat in the Mediterranean” to help her well-being.
She said: “Anti-depressants helped me get up in the morning, and stopped me from being sad, but what they also do is stop you from being happy.
“So I was just in this numb state. I stopped laughing at jokes, and that’s just not me.”
On the show back in 2014, the TV star stunned audiences with her dance moves and was crowned the winner of the series.
More recently, she took part in the Christmas Special of the show alongside Ann Widdecombe, Aston Merrygold, Jake Wood, Michael Vaughan and Anita Rani.
Elsewhere, the Love Island star is back in Mallorca to front the new Love Island series.
It comes after ITV revealed the official lineup for this year’s series, which includes five girls and seven boys.
According to reports, six more contestants are due to enter the villa very soon, but viewers will have to wait and see once the show airs.
A source told The Sun: “The current line up isn’t going to stay the same for long – and the newbies are super-hot.
“They are being called ‘bombshell arrivals’ and viewers will see why when they see them.
“They are currently holed up in a secret location and will make their appearances as the series goes on. It’s going to make amazing TV, and it’ll be a real twist for those who start the show.”
Caroline will be back to introduce the singletons into the villa when the returns on Monday night.
Love Island 2019 returns to ITV2 on Monday at 9pm and Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One later this year.