Olly Murs has opened up about the moment he heard of his friend Caroline Flack’s death, saying he’s “still in shock”.
The pair hosted The X Factor and spin-off show The Xtra Factor together.
The pop star was on holiday with his girlfriend Amelia at the time and said that he received a phone call from his manager at 2.23am.
“I heard the news when I was away on holiday,” Murs told The Sun. “My phone went at 2.23am and I’ll never forget it.
“My manager told me and I just stared at my phone for hours, I didn’t know what to do.
“I just didn’t want to believe it. I was numb to any feelings and then I just broke down.”
He added: “Since then I just have constant waves of emotions — one minute I’m OK, the next I’m so sad for her.
“It’s hard, I’ll always miss Caz a lot.”
Murs is one of a wave of famous faces who have urged kindness from the public and media following the Love Island presenter’s death.
Danny Cipriani dated Flack, and his Gloucester teammates paid tribute to Flack during their recent Gallagher Premiership Rugby match against Sale.
The team ran out with the words “Be Kind” printed across the back of their shirts as part of the club’s campaign to raise mental health awareness in partnership with the Samaritans.
Their message referred to a social media post where Flack had told fans: “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”
Cipriani said ahead of the match: “Caroline was one of the most caring, genuine people I ever met.
“She endured unimaginable criticism during her years in the public eye but through it all, she just wanted people to show a little kindness to each other. And that’s a message that should be her legacy – be kind.”
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