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Caroline Flack: ‘I’ve been staying in with my cat a lot!’

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Since being announced as The X Factor’s new co-presenter with Olly Murs, Caroline Flack (opens in new tab) can’t leave the house without making tabloid headlines, so she's developed a coping strategy.

Chatting to What’s on TV (opens in new tab) recently about her change in fortunes, the presenter revealed she deals with the relentless media attention by staying in with her cat Waffle!

Caroline told us: “I’ve been staying in a lot lately. I’m happy to go home to my cat and watch telly!"

She added: "I’ve worked in TV for 10 years now so I understand it. I’ve worked really hard and it never happened really quickly for me. So, to me, no matter how big the job seems on a scale, I still work as hard as I did on the last job. So in that way [The X Factor] doesn’t feel like its different… I just feel really lucky.”

Not only is Caroline set to present The X Factor (opens in new tab), she’s also the host of ITV2’s revamped version of old favourite, Love Island. Which means leaving her beloved cat behind when she jets off to Mallorca.

“I really have to sort out a cat-sitter. Because my cat’s not allowed outside no one wants to have him! But I think my friend is going to look after him.”

And fortunately for Caroline, ITV are taking care of her wardrobe for the show.

“I’m so lucky. I get to look at a rail of clothes and pick what I want from it. This is my dream job - doing live television from a beach!”

We had to ask if her first job in TV, playing Bubbles on Leigh Francis’s Bo Selecta! was as much fun as it looked: “Yes! I just laughed all the time. I didn’t have much of a speaking role, did I? Bo Selecta! was my first experience of telly and it was really funny.

“It was actually filmed in my back garden, with my six housemates looking on as I pretended to eat an omelette (opens in new tab) and throw it up with Michael Jackson!”

Reality matchmaking show Love Island premieres on ITV2 from Sunday, June 7.


Elaine Reilly
Writer for TV Times, What’s On TV, TV & Satellite Week and What To Watch

With twenty years of experience as an entertainment journalist, Elaine writes for What’s on TV, TV Times, TV & Satellite Week and (opens in new tab) (opens in new tab) covering a variety of programs from gardening and wildlife to documentaries and drama.


As well as active involvement in the WTW family’s social media accounts, she has been known to get chatty on the red carpet and wander into the odd podcast. 

After a day of previewing TV, writing about TV and interviewing TV stars, Elaine likes nothing than to relax… by watching TV.