Caroline Flack finally addresses romance rumours with Muggy Mike

Love Island host was linked to contestant after series wrap party

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Caroline Flack has said her exit from The X Factor showed her how “tough the industry can be”.

Flack, 37, and Olly Murs replaced the ITV show’s long-time host Dermot O’Leary in 2015, but both she and Murs announced they would not return after just one series.

Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2017 – London
Caroline attending the Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2017 (Credit: PA)

She told The Sun’s Fabulous magazine: “It taught me that the industry is tough. It’s tough!

“It doesn’t matter who you are, it’s never just a walk in the park. You win some, you lose some.

“It’s probably gonna happen to me again somewhere down the line with another job. But I can’t walk away. I’m not a quitter.”

Thank you Fabulous for putting me on the cover of your BRAND NEW magazine … out NEXT Sunday ❤️

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The television presenter said she had no regrets about her time spent on the main show or when hosting the spin-off series The Xtra Factor for three years prior to that.

She said: “Honestly, I’m so grateful to all of the production team and to Simon (Cowell) for the opportunities that changed my life.

“I can’t go back and moan about The X Factor because Xtra Factor was so brilliant.

X Factor Media Launch – London
Caroline with X Factor co-host Olly Murs (Credit: PA)

“Some shows are perfect for you, some aren’t, and if you look back and be angry and bitter, you’re not going to enjoy the rest of your time.”

Flack was recently seen on screen fronting ITV2’s reality dating series Love Island.

She dismissed rumours linking her to one of the show’s contestants, Mike Thalassitis, who was nicknamed Muggy Mike.

Muggy but Huggy

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Following an Instagram picture she posted of them hugging with the caption: ‘Muggy but Huggy’, there was speculation she was romantically linked to him.

“I’m not talking about bloody Muggy Mike! Do you honestly think if I was having an affair with Mike I would put it on Instagram?”, she told Fabulous.

Caroline added that she is friends with all of the contestants from the series.