No one should rely on me to be a match­maker...

Bangor Mail - - The Big Interview -

LOVE Is­land has re­duced Caro­line Flack to tears. Mar­ion McMullen learns how the 39-year-old pre­sen­ter feels the urge to help those with heart­break in the villa.

HOW emo­tion­ally in­volved do you find your­self get­ting once the show is un­der way?

I’M A viewer first, pre­sen­ter se­cond but I’m re­ally just a pro­fes­sional viewer. I sup­port them.

I can’t be a ro­bot when it comes to the show, oth­er­wise I wouldn’t be the right per­son to do it.

How good are your match­mak­ing skills? Have you ever spot­ted a Love Is­land ro­mance be­fore it’s hap­pened?

I CAN’T even match­make my­self! So no, no one should rely on me to match­make them. I will just host the show and talk all about it!

Are there any sit­u­a­tions the Is­landers have gone through where you’ve re­ally felt for them?

THE Camilla (Thur­low) and Jonny (Mitchell) sit­u­a­tion in se­ries three.

I’ll al­ways re­mem­ber that. I watched it on my phone in the ho­tel be­cause I didn’t have a TV and I re­mem­ber cry­ing in re­cep­tion.

I just felt for Camilla, when she went and hid in the larder and she just cried and I’ve been there, when you can’t hold back the tears. But now she has found love with Jamie and she’s fine.

Do you find it dif­fi­cult keep­ing se­crets when you know there’s a big bomb­shell com­ing?

ALL of my friends add me to What­sapp groups. I’m in so many! And I have to re­move my­self from it be­cause I’m like ‘I’m not go­ing to tell you what’s hap­pen­ing’.

I get in enough trou­ble keep­ing se­crets to my­self, don’t try and get it out of me!

I’m re­ally well be­haved when it comes to talk­ing about the show be­cause it’ll ruin it.

If you could give the new Is­landers any tips on how to sur­vive a re­la­tion­ship in the villa, what would they be?

DON’T panic about be­ing the sin­gle per­son in the villa, don’t worry and think you need to set­tle down with some­one that you don’t think is right for you be­cause peo­ple are com­ing in and go­ing out all the time.

Make friend­ships be­cause a lot of those friend­ship cou­ples end up stay­ing un­til the end and then some­one comes in for them.

Don’t panic so much at the be­gin­ning if there is no one there for you. Love doesn’t hap­pen eas­ily, it hap­pens over time and don’t worry if you don’t fancy some­one at the be­gin­ning, you might by week two.

Peo­ple of­ten talk about how they re­late to the dat­ing dilem­mas they see in the villa. We all feel that we’ve been there at some point.

What’s your favourite part of the job?

DO­ING the Flack At­tacks! I love it. I feel like I’m in such a priv­i­leged po­si­tion to do them be­cause it’s the sort of stuff I’d be speak­ing about any­way as a viewer.

I feel like a viewer that’s get­ting to go in the villa. To de­liver that news and be part of the nar­ra­tive is re­ally ex­cit­ing.

Love Is­land is on ITV2 at 9pm. Spin-off show Love Is­land: After­sun re­turns on Sunday, June 9.

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