Iain Stirling dedicates Love Island BAFTA nomination to late friend Caroline Flack: ‘This one’s for you’
Iain Stirling has dedicated Love Island's BAFTA nomination to Caroline Flack.
The hit ITV dating series landed the nomination for Entertainment Craft Team at the BAFTA TV Awards ceremony on Thursday, 4 June.
Sharing the news on his Instagram feed, which featured a photo of previous winners Greg O'Shea and Amber Gill, he told his 752,000 followers that he feels "touched" to be considered part of the team.
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"Delighted for everyone involved in the show that we’re up for another BAFTA," he started.
"On a personal note, to be named here and considered one of the team when all I do is talk into a microphone for a few hours has touched me more than anyone will ever know."
Iain ended his short statement by penning a heartwarming message to his late friend Caroline, who was found dead at her home in London at the age of 40 on 15 February.
He wrote: "Well done Love Island! Caroline – this ones for you x". [sic]
Caroline was the presenter and face of the popular dating show for four years before stepping down and being replaced by her pal and Iain's partner, Laura.
Following her untimely death, Iain delivered an emotional and poignant tribute to his "true friend", dropping his familiar witty rhetoric to read out the emotionally charged pre-recorded message, which was played over the opening titles of the reality show.
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The tribute featured scenes of waves crashing near the villa in Capetown, South Africa, before the voiceover star said: "We are all absolutely devastated by the news that Caroline has passed away.
"Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this dreadful time."
Iain, who later paid a heartbreaking tribute to Caroline following her funeral, continued: "Caroline and me were together from the start of Love Island, and her passion, warmth, and infectious enthusiasm were a crucial part of what made the show connect with millions of viewers.
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"Like many of you, right now we're all just trying to come to terms with what has happened. My only hope is that we are try and be kinder, always show love, and listen to one another.
With his voice breaking, he finished with: "Caroline, I want to thank you for all the fun times we had making our favourite show.
"You were a true friend to me. I’m gonna miss you Caz." [sic]
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