Rugby player Danny Cipriani and his Gloucester teammates are paying tribute to Caroline Flack at their Gallagher Premiership match.
The sports star, who has said he is ‘grieving hard’ following the death of his ex-partner, has joined his teammates for Friday’s home game against the Sale Sharks.
Their shirts are emblazoned with the words ‘be kind’ on the back to raise awareness of mental health.
Miss Flack took her own life at the age of 40 earlier this month. Mr Cipriani, 32, dated her last year, and said that the message ‘be kind’ should be her legacy.
The words were chosen in support of the #BeKind campaign, which encourages people to think twice before posting potentially harmful content online.
Danny Cipriani (pictured) joined his teammates for Friday’s home game against the Sale Sharks
Danny Cipriani is pictured left wearing a Samaritans T-Shirt during the warm up before the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Gloucester Rugby and Sale Sharks at on February 28. Right: His rugby shirt showing the words ‘Be Kind’ on the back
Mr Cipriani, 32, dated Miss Flack – who took her own life at the age of 40 earlier this month – last year, and said that the message ‘be kind’ should be her legacy
He 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.’
The Gloucester Rugby Foundation has also teamed up with the Samaritans to heighten the awareness around mental health.
They will donate £5 from every ticket purchased for Friday’s match to the Gloucester and District Samaritans.
Danny Cipriani of Gloucester Rugby is pictured wearing a shirt with the words Be Kind on the back as a tribute to Caroline Flack during the the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Gloucester Rugby and Sale Sharks at Kingsholm Stadium on February 28
The match tribute comes after Cipriani shared a message Flack had sent him about the court case she was facing before her death.
On Wednesday he posted a screenshot on Instagram of a recent WhatsApp exchange between the pair.
After Flack said she was ‘OK’, Cipriani asked: ‘Why you just OK? Want you smiling’.
The Love Island host replied: ‘Well, got court case coming up.’