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