In her latest column for OK! magazine, Emily Andrea opened up on her devastation over the tragic death of Caroline Flack.
Peter Andre’s wife said that though she only met former Love Island host Caroline once, she recognised instantly that she was “lovely, bubbly and upbeat.”
The 30 year old believes that social media “has a lot to answer for” after Caroline’s death and said cruel online trolls need to seriously think about their actions.
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Emily wrote: “I was so saddened by the news that Caroline Flack has passed away. I only met her once briefly at ITV, when she popped into Pete’s dressing room to say hello, but she was just lovely, bubbly and upbeat. There have been so many moving tributes, all saying what an amazing person she was.
"It just goes to show how you never really know what’s going on in someone’s head – someone can appear like the strongest person on the outside, but inside they can be in real turmoil.
“I was so sad when I heard the news, so I can’t even imagine what her family and friends are going through.
“I have read all sorts of things about who is to blame for Caroline’s death and other tragedies like this and I know it’s a very complex issue with many different factors.
“For me, though, social media has a lot to answer for. All these keyboard warriors are just awful and people who send horrible messages to people that they would never say to their face need to really think through their actions.
“I think online trolling is a huge contributing factor to today’s mental health issues and it’s why I don’t have social media. I wouldn’t be strong enough to hear negative comments from people.
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“If you are feeling like Caroline was, please don’t suffer in silence. Speak out because you should never have to deal with these feelings alone. Unfortunately, there is a lack of funding in the mental health sector, with long waits for treatments in some parts of the country.
“Suicide is the number one cause of death in men aged 20-49, and I can’t help but feel that if the same was true of a physical health condition, there would be much more being done.
“Something needs to change. The same goes for the rules governing social media. I really hope this is a wake-up call.”
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Emily also opened up on hypnobirthing, writing: “The Duchess of Cambridge has raved about hypnobirthing and how it gave her “huge power” over the pain during labour. If it works for you, go for it.
"I had all these intentions to try hypnobirthing when I had my kids and then when it came to it, I was in so much pain, I was like, “Forget it!” I have heard other people say it is just amazing and it can really focus your energy.
"There is no harm in trying it and you could really benefit, but mums shouldn’t feel any pressure if it doesn’t work for them."
She also opened up on being apart from Pete during the recent half-term break as she continued to write: “I’ve just spent half term away with Millie, Theo and my mum on the Isle of Wight while Pete has been in Australia. We don’t normally holiday separately, but Pete likes to see his family there (below right) every year and I can’t always get long enough off work for such a big trip.
“I don’t find it too stressful going away with the kids on my own because I’m super organised. I pack at least a week before, whereas Pete is always one to pack the night before – but that’s because I’ve already sorted out all the kids’ stuff!
"I have really missed him. We’ve spoken twice a day on FaceTime!”
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