‘I’m An Old-fashioned Dater’
We caught up with television presenter Caroline to talk Twitter trolls, her recent relationship detox and whether she’d do Celebrity Love Island…
hatting to Caroline Flack is a lot like catching up with one of your mates – and since Love Island returned to our lives, it’s fair to say our obsession with the show – and Cazza – has spiralled. Finally, the 37-year-old TV presenter is back on form, looking cool AF, totally flawless and giving us a weekly round-up of all the rows, recouplings and muggings off within the villa.
While Caroline seems happier than ever, it hasn’t been an easy year. After admittedly jumping between relationships since her twenties, she put herself on a ‘relationship detox’ – which, during our chat, she says she needed. But while Cazza openly reveals to Look that she’s not seeing anyone in particular, she does have some pretty strong views about online dating – and it’s not what you would expect.
Aside from having a bit of a rough time, she’s feeling better than ever – and FYI, she looks incredible. Is she body confident? Yes – and this time around she’s not wasting her time fretting over Twitter trolls either…
Hi Caroline! We’re loving the new series of Love Island. Do you ever get a crush on any of the guys? No. My professionalism kicks in and I think: ‘This is my job.’ Would you have ever gone on Love Island? I imagine that when I was 18 I’d have looked at Love Island and thought: ‘I’d do that!’ Would you ever have sex on TV? No! I don’t think I could. Not on television. I think, for me, those moments are best left behind closed doors. What about a Celebrity Love Island – would you do that? No. I think this is one of the rare reality shows where it actually works better with people we don’t know. You get to know them and become invested in the show. Do you have a Love Island Whatsapp group? I’m in loads with my friends, weirdly. All my mates climb out of the woodwork this time of year when they want to get the inside gossip. I hear from people I haven’t heard from in a while and they want to know all the stuff that’s going on. You’re looking really good – how do you stay fit? My friend and stylist Fiona has been trying to do Barry’s Bootcamp-style workouts with me. We do planks for five minutes, then we’ll see the sun’s out and go and sit by the pool. I try! Last year you did a sugar detox. Have you done anything like that this year? No, I’ve just kept it up since then. I’ve found a happy balance. I haven’t cut it out completely. I don’t think I could keep that up forever. You’ve been on a relationship detox. How do you think that’s helped you? I needed to do it. I think it was just really healthy to take a break. I’ve jumped from relationship to relationship since my twenties and I needed to reset my brain. I reconnected with girlfriends and friends I hadn’t seen for ages. It sounds really cheesy, but it worked. Did it help you work out what you want in a person? Yeah, exactly that. Do you feel more confident now on the dating scene? Maybe it’s confidence in knowing what I want, rather than confidence in myself – but yes, definitely. Would you ever try online dating? I’m not against it, but I’m much more of a chemistry person. I don’t think you can feel chemistry online. Saying that, millions prove me wrong – I’ve got friends who are married who met online. I’m not dating any one in particular at the moment, but I am dating. It’s fun. There is old-fashioned dating still out there, guys. It still happens! When you worked on The X Factor, people were unnecessarily cruel about your body – are you concerned about that now? No. It gets to the point with Twitter when you realise everyone’s going to have an opinion – and they’re allowed to have one. Are you feeling body confident? Yeah, I feel good. Are you in touch with anyone from last year’s Love Island? I’m still in touch with Olivia Buckland – she’s been on After Sun. I think the new series brings back memories. After all, she met her future husband [Alex Bowen] on the show. When couples break up, does it upset you? Definitely. It’s like one big family, so I feel I’m a part of it. It’s like seeing your friends break up – never nice.
Catch up with Love Island at the ITV Hub and watch Caroline’s live After Sun show on ITV2 at 10pm on Sundays
I don’t think I could have sex on TV
Cazza enjoys the Majorca sunshine in-between filming for Love Island