Love Island host Caroline Flack has spoke out on social media to deny reports she snubbed former islander Francesca Allen on Sunday night’s spin off show, Aftersun.
Fans flocked to Twitter to suggest the presenter deliberately didn’t hug the Islander after her interview, after Francesca had supposedly once called her a “dirty paedo” in the street.
Earlier this month, a tweet in 2012 by one of Francesca’s friends was unearthed, in which they shared that they made the slur to Caroline during a day out at Wireless Festival.
It was all in reference to Caroline’s former relationship with singer Harry Styles – who was 17 years old, while she was 31. “Highligh of the dayyy seeing Caroline Flack and calling herrr a dirtyy pedo withhhh @francesca_allen hahaha.”
However, Caroline has denied the reports, sharing on Twitter: “As you know … I hate commenting on stuff… I didn’t snub Francesca .. infact quite the opposite .. made her feel very welcome as soon as she got to the studio.”
As you know … I hate commenting on stuff… I didn’t snub Francesca .. infact quite the opposite .. made her feel very welcome as soon as she got to the studio. I don’t hold grudges.. and the wellbeing of our islanders is important to me. Thought she was a great islander ❤️❤️
— caroline flack (@carolineflack1) July 22, 2019
She added: “I don’t hold grudges.. and the wellbeing of our islanders is important to me. Thought she was a great islander”
A rep for Francesca told The Sun “This was a historic tweet that has not come from Francesca directly. Francesca can’t reply as she is in the villa but she would be mortified if she was judged based on the actions of a 16 year old friend.
She has a lot of respect for Caroline and is looking forward to meeting her.”
Francesca was dumped from the villa along with Michael Griffiths on Sunday night after their islands chose not to save them.
Love Island continues tonight at 9pm on ITV2.