Caroline Flack’s model boyfriend Lewis Burton vows to stand by the Love Island presenter after she was accused of attacking him
- Caroline Flack, 40, was arrested for assaulting boyfriend Lewis Burton, 27
- Police were scrambled to Flack’s north London home at 5.25am on Thursday
- Mr Burton still in a relationship with the presenter and declined to press charges
- She will appear at Highbury Magistrates Court charged with assault on Dec 23
The Mail on Sunday can reveal that model Lewis Burton is still in a relationship with the 40-year-old following allegations of a fight at her North London home in the early hours of Thursday, which led to her arrest.
The couple had spent the previous evening at the Bob Bob Ricard restaurant in Soho, Central London.
It is understood that while Mr Burton made the 999 call at 5.20am, he has declined to press charges against Miss Flack.
Model Lewis Burton is still in a relationship with the 40-year-old Love Island presenter following allegations of a fight at her North London home in the early hours of Thursday
She has been bailed to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on December 23. Last night she was staying with family, including her twin sister Jody.
The incident led to Miss Flack being taken to hospital after cutting her hand on broken glass, while Mr Burton, 27, was treated at the scene. Blood spatters on the front door of the property could still be seen yesterday.
Witnesses said they heard Mr Burton, a former professional tennis player, call out: ‘Bruv, I was normal until I met her.’
Flack has been bailed to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on December 23. Last night she was staying with family, including her twin sister Jody
This is the moment Caroline Flack, 40, was arrested for assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton, 27, at their Islington residence in London on Thursday
However, yesterday morning, Mr Burton shared a picture of the couple on Instagram, accompanied by a love heart.
A friend of the presenter told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Caroline is fine and Lewis is fine. They are still together and they are very much boyfriend and girlfriend.
‘They want to make this work and are very much in love.
‘Caroline is upset this situation is happening, but she will go through the process. She is remaining calm and hopes it all comes to an end very soon.
Droplets of what appear to be blood were seen splattered on Caroline Flack’s home following her arrest for assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton
‘Lewis is a lovely man and, unlike some of her exes, is caring and supportive of her.’ The assault allegations have sparked panic at ITV, where Miss Flack is one of its star presenters.
She is due to fly to South Africa on January 2 – just ten days after her court appearance – for the first Winter Love Island. The series is due to begin on January 8.
Sources say there are concerns within ITV that the network may have to find a last-minute replacement if she is unable to travel. Former Strictly contestant Laura Whitmore and Radio 1’s Maya Jama are being considered.
Sources also insist ITV bosses are supporting Miss Flack, adding: ‘ITV is in open dialogue with Caroline’s management team.’