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Caroline Flack’s trainer and friend Bradley Simmonds has spoken out about his regret of not being “there for her” prior to her untimely death.
The Love Island presenter was 40 when she died by suicide in December 2019.
More than a year on after her death in February 15 2020, her personal trainer Bradley, 27, has spoken out about his regrets after he stopped their training sessions for a work commitment.
The fitness guru, who appeared in her documentary Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death, admitted to the Mirror that he wished he had been around to support her more and admitted that he “could have been there for her.”
He said: “Even now I feel I could have been there for her, got her training again – all these things go through my mind.”
Before her death, the pair would work out together five times a week which helped improve her both mentally and physically as they built up a close bond during their time together.
He added: "She was hilarious, we had such a good connection and friendship. Shoe got in incredible shape and her mental health was a lot better.
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“We would go out, eat well at restaurants, I helped her with her nutrition and she was in a great place.”
When news broke that Caroline had died, Bradley admitted it was a “massive shock” for him and many of those close to Caroline which he found “really tough to swallow” moving forward.
The fitness fanatic explained how "wished he didn't do [his] documentary" after he now he ended his training sessions with the X Factor presenter to film, but he tries not to “blame himself.”
He concluded: “I referred to her a friend and, unfortunately, she didn’t maintain that consistency – she liked training with me. I can’t blame myself but I wish that I didn’t do that documentary.”
This comes as Bradley and several of Caroline’s close friends including Olly Murs, who recently admitted he hasn't watched her documentary as he "needs time to process", and Louise Redknapp prepare for a trek for the late star to raise money for the Suicide prevention charity The Samaritans.
Ahead of the expedition, called Climb for Caroline set to take place this Saturday, the team will hike 12 hours each day across the beautiful mountains in the Lake District and scale England’s highest mountain Scafell Pike.
Bradley said: “I was Caroline's personal trainer and good friend. I was devastated at the loss and still am.
“I know how much exercise helped Caroline with her mental health so I wanted to create a challenge where her family and friends can come together and do something powerful in her memory.
“Hopefully this challenge will raise awareness for others to seek support whilst also raising money for Samaritans.”
If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.
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