Caroline Flack’s former boyfriend Danny Cipriani will honour her at his rugby match on Friday, with the Gloucester team wearing black “be kind” armbands.
The sportsman, 32, has emotionally paid tribute to Caroline following her tragic death earlier this month, and recently quit social media for Lent before revealing he is “grieving hard”.
According to reports, Gloucester Rugby Club will be dedicating its Premiership Rugby match against the Sale Sharks to shining a light on mental health following Caroline’s devastating suicide.
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The club will also donate £5 from every ticket purchase to Samaritans.
Danny had previously promoted the campaign, which started after Caroline shared a quote urging people to “be kind” one month before her death.
He said: “Caroline was one of the most caring, genuine people I ever met.
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“She endured unimaginable criticism during her years in the public eye but through it all, she just wanted people to show a little kindness to each other. And that’s a message that should be her legacy – be kind.
“We all have spells of self-doubt, anxiety and low points. Nobody needs other people to point out their flaws and make them feel worse about themselves. A little kindness goes a long way.”
Earlier this week, Danny shared his final heartbreaking messages exchanged with Caroline, who he dated briefly last year.
In an emotional Instagram post, the sportsman explained that he was quitting social media for Lent after being left heartbroken over Caroline’s death.
In a screen grab of their WhatsApp conversation, Caroline says: “Hello [smiley face] Black dot. I’m ok. How you?”
To which he replied: “Haha. You look gorgeous in your pic. I’m well. Navigating my way through an industry which has never suited me. But… I’m still being great. Why you just ok? Want you smiling.”
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Caroline then responded: “Well got court case coming up.”
Danny wrote alongside the messages, shared with his 262,000 Instagram followers: “Black dot. Before i start. This is my grieving process. Which is talking. A lot. Which my friends and family and teammates have had to take this last 10 days because I’m grieving. And I’m grieving hard. Hence I’m talking a lot.
“I’m not sure I’d be strong enough if I didn’t understand or see myself in her. Pain is pain. It doesn’t matter if you’ve lost a cat. Or been called a name. No ones pain is worse or less. Because it is individual to them and how they take it. So… Black dot.
“If you judge the first pic you see a black dot. But i didn’t really know what she meant when she called me black dot. Until her best friend told me on Sunday last week. ‘She used to call you black dot, now i know, your WhatsApp pic is a black dot’ – so i changed my WhatsApp pic to a black dot about 5 months ago because i felt there were people who had my number who i couldn’t trust.”
Danny then added: “This story is about the beauty she found in a situation i found uncomfortable. ‘I’m just talking to black dot’ she would say. She was kind beyond belief. And she would think i am crazy doing all this. But i know she would be proud.”
Danny then explained that he would be taking time away from social media for Lent, writing: “Thank you all for the kind messages. And all the lovely response. Thank you for the bad response. It’s my story. And i did it for me.”
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