The X Factor host tells the new issue of Cosmopolitan magazine that she relies on her network of famous pals for support when the job gets tough, as they all know what each other is going through.
She explains: "It's a lot harder to be a woman on TV. We have to face more criticism. I have a private message group with Dawn O'Porter, Gemma Cairney, Laura Whitmore and Gizzi Erskine, and we support each other."
Caroline started her career in kids' television before landing her big break in Bo Selecta in 2002. She went on to present I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here NOW! and Xtra Factor before landing the coveted X Factor main show hosting job – not that it's always been easy.
The star tells the mag that her winning role in Strictly Come Dancing that really changed her life: "Before Strictly I kept my feelings locked up. My dance partner Pasha taught me to be more open and I surprised myself. I took myself less seriously and gained confidence."
And she added: "Work is not my life. You have to separate the two. Things happen every now and then, like a friend being upset, to remind you that getting a line wrong isn't too bad."
Caroline Flack will be crowned Ultimate TV Personality of the Year at Cosmopolitan's Ultimate Women of the Year Awards on 2nd December.
The full interview appears in the January 2015 issue of Cosmopolitan, on sale 1st December
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