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Harry Styles to go ahead with Brits performance days after ex Caroline Flack’s death

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Caroline Flack's ex-boyfriend Harry Styles will go ahead with his performance at the Brit Awards tonight.

A spokesman for the music awards confirmed to Sky News the former One Direction star will still perform at the ceremony.

Flack, who hosted the Brits red carpet show and co-hosted the Brits encore show for ITV in 2010, has been added to the music awards' "In Memoriam" page of people who have died since last year's ceremony.

Image: Caroline Flack was found dead in her east London home

The former Love Island presenter, 40, was found dead in her east London flat on Saturday having taken her own life, her family said.

She dated Styles, 26, for three months in 2011 after they met during the X Factor in 2010 while she was presenting spin-off show The Xtra Factor.

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The singer has not yet commented on Flack's death.

Their relationship came under fire for their 15-year age gap, with Styles being 17 at the time.

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In her autobiography, Storm In A C Cup, Flack defended their relationship, saying: "In the entertainment industry nobody asks what age you are.

"I never felt I was much older than Harry anyway.

"We were both single, we got on well and we had a laugh."

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She also said members of the public started shouting "paedophile" and "pervert" at her after Styles was photographed coming out of her house.

Styles's mother, Anne Twist, posted a poem dedicated to Flack about loneliness and the cruel words of others on Instagram on Monday.

She said: "May you have found your peace @carolineflack."

Nick Grimshaw paid an emotional tribute to his friend Caroline Flack
Image: Nick Grimshaw paid an emotional tribute to his friend Caroline Flack

Radio host Nick Grimshaw, who was good friends with Flack and Styles, paid an emotional tribute to the star on his Radio 1 drivetime show on Monday, saying he feels "really weird… and sad" and is "obviously very shocked".

With his voice cracking, he said: "It's such a tragedy and really brutal news to receive. I'm sure you know she was one of my favourite people to have on the show, one of my favourite people full stop. I just thought she was brilliant, I thought she was so wicked.

"I know a lot of you listening were also big fans of Caroline. It's been very tough for me and her friends, anyone who knew her personally. And anyone who enjoyed watching Caroline and seeing her on the telly and hearing her here on Radio 1."

He also called for people to be kinder to each other.

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