Caroline Flack's ex Danny Cipriani pays tribute to star with Gloucester team wearing 'be kind' shirts tonight
CAROLINE Flack's rugby player ex Danny Cipriani paid tribute to the star by joining his Gloucester teammates in wearing "be kind" shirts for their match.
The sportsman lead the emotional tribute to his former girlfriend tonight almost two weeks after she took her own life.
Gloucester Rugby Club dedicated its Premiership Rugby match against Sale Sharks to shining a light on mental health and promoting kindness.
The team had the words 'Be Kind' across the back above their numbers.
Fly-half Danny ran out with his team at Gloucester Rugby’s home Kingsholm Stadium – with each of his fellow players proudly displaying the words on the back of their cherry and white hooped shirts.
The club will also donate £5 from every ticket purchase to Gloucester & District Samaritans.
Promoting the #bekind campaign, Danny said: "Caroline was one of the most caring, genuine people I ever met.
"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.”
Danny dated Caroline for eight weeks in 2019 and they remained close after their relationship ended on good terms.
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EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
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If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
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He recently revealed he still has a voicemail from Caroline that she left two weeks before she died.
Danny said he hasn't listened to it yet, but will share it "at some point" because "people need to hear it".
He also told fans that he hadn't been able to return the 40-year-old's calls and texts on the night before she died because he was playing for Gloucester against Exeter in the Gallagher Premiership.
In an emotional 18-minute video released last week, Danny explained he had suffered suicidal thoughts himself in the past.
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