Olly Murs fights back tears on stage as he admits ‘regrets’ over Caroline Flack

Chart topper struggled to maintain his composure as he talked about his late friend and his wish to have helped her.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Olly Murs performs on stage during his 'Marry Me' tour at The O2 Arena on April 29, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Gus Stewart/Redferns)
Olly Murs performed at The O2 Arena on April 29. (Photo by Gus Stewart/Redferns)

Olly Murs broke down in tears on stage as he paid a touching tribute to his late friend Caroline Flack.

The chart topping star was performing at London’s O2 Arena when he dedicated a performance of Neil Diamond track Sweet Caroline to the former Love Island host.

Murs, 38, was seen visibly choking back the tears on stage as he sung about his close friend having told the audience he has “regrets” over not being able to save her.

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He said: "Like I said earlier, it’s been an incredible four or five years and I know it’s been a really tough, crazy four or five years for every single one of you in this room.

"It’s going to be hard for me to do this but, in 2020, I lost a very good friend of mine, someone that I love very, very much.

"Her name is Caroline Flack and it is one of the toughest things that has happened in my life and it is really sad to see someone so amazing leave us but she has never left and she is always in my heart."

As he struggled to maintain his composure Murs admitted having “so many questions that I wanted answered and I am never ever going to get them answers".

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He then encouraged all of his 20,000 fans watching the show to make sure they reach out to anyone they know who is going through a hard time and make sure they know someone is there for them.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 29: Olly Murs & Caroline Flack seen arriving for the Pride of Britain awards on October 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Simon James/FilmMagic)
Olly Murs and Caroline Flack were close friends. (Photo by Simon James/FilmMagic)

Murs kicked off his tour last month and at the time vowed that he would dedicate a song to Flack at every show he ever performs.

He told fans at Glasgow’s SSE Arena: “God, I just wish she was here. I thought I would dedicate a song to her at every show for the rest of my career.

Flack tragically died by suicide in February 2020 at the age of 40.