Dawn helped her friend through a tough time

Caroline Flack knew she could rely on friend Dawn Porter for support when she was slammed for dating One Direction‘s Harry Styles earlier this year.

Dawn told the Xtra Factor presenter that she shouldn’t worry about the people who were making comments about the couple’s 14-year age gap.

‘My job as her mate was just to say: “It’s all going to blow over – enjoy everything that you’ve got and screw all those a*seholes who get you down,’ says Dawn, 33.

‘But she handled it so well and was a real Trojan.’

Caroline, 32, received death threats on Twitter from angry One Direction fans after news broke of her romance with Harry, 18.

But Dawn – who’s about to marry Bridesmaids actor Chris O’Dowd – helped to cheer her up by writing a humorous blog post voicing her approval of the relationship.

‘It felt nice that someone came out publicly and supported me because not a lot of women did,’ says Caroline.

‘She isn’t afraid to voice her opinions, and she speaks out for womankind.’

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