Matt Richardson shares the grief that Caroline Flack can’t see him in Dancing on Ice.
The 29-year-old TV star, who hosted Extra Factors with the late Caroline, was announced as a replacement for Rufus Hound on the ITV Skate Show.
41-year-old Rufus was forced to leave the show after testing positive for the coronavirus.
And now Matt is going to make his debut on the ice, and his best friend Caroline, who tragically took his life last year, will not see him, confessing that his experience has been tainted with grief.
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Matt said: “Obviously we worked a lot together, but she was a really good friend with me.
“As if she was the best friend in the world. And it’s weird. In fact, when I got the call to attend the show this week, she was probably one of the first people I cried.”
Matt remained good friends with Caroline, who was 40 when she died, and it was after spending time at The Xtra Factor until her tragic death.
He added to The Sun Online: “So I was so sad that this wasn’t something I could talk to Caroline and it would have made a really good laugh.
“Like how I look in costumes and all kinds of fun and silly things. And she would have been surprisingly supportive.
“She is amazing. Through tough relationships, she used to help me in my life.
“She is amazing. She was more than someone who helped me in my career. She helped me in everything.”
Matt We named his debut on the ice on Sunday, February 7. He said he had to adapt to the costume.
He joked, “I can’t lie. Of all the elements of it, the costume is the most difficult for me to understand.
“They gave me a jacket to wear and I said,’Oh, this is pretty normal… oh, it was covered with rhinestones…’. So it’s not my clothes.
“But who wants to dress cool and fashionable? There is no one because you look like a fool.
“So the more Lycra, the more rhinestones they hit me, they will make me look as attractive as possible.”
Matt was trained as an undergraduate for the show and was ready to skate with professional Vicky Ogden.
But he admitted that his skating skills were not yet complete. “I had a session with coaches on Thursday and one of them told me:’Your problem is your limbs!’
“How can I do it? Similarly, I cannot remove or replace them. I am just limbs. When you skate, you’re like a drunk giraffe.”