Laura Whitmore has admitted that she probably wouldn’t have applied for the Love Island hosting job if her boyfriend wasn’t involved.
The Irish model and presenter has been dating comedian Iain Stirling, who provides the hilarious voiceover for the show, since 2017.
For the first time, they’ll work on the show together, and they’ve already headed out to Cape Town in South Africa together.
As she arrived in town ahead of Sunday’s launch, she told The Sun that she probably would have spent the time sleeping off Christmas instead.
When asked if she’d have applied if Iain wasn’t on the show, she said: “I don’t think I would have. I’d probably spend the whole time sleeping.
“Like any time I go away on a girls’ holiday, I sleep all day. Nobody wants to see that.”
Laura also spoke out against the race row caused when she was announced as the new host.
A string of names were tipped to replace Caroline Flack on the hit ITV2 dating show when she announced she was stepping down, including Rochelle Humes, whose sister Sophie Piper is one of the Islanders, Maya Jama and Vick Hope.
Laura was also in the running from day one.
But when she was hired, some people accused ITV of “swapping one blonde white woman for another blonde white woman” and ignoring calls for diversity.
Laura said: “All of them are brilliant hosts. The most important thing is for everyone to be in the room and everyone to have the same opportunity.”
The star said it doesn’t matter what your gender or race is as long as everyone has equal opportunity.
Laura is reportedly getting paid a whopping £500,000 to host the show.
Caroline stepped down after five series after she was charged with assault following an alleged early-morning altercation with her boyfriend Lewis Burton.
Following her arrest, Caroline, 40, stepped down from her job on Love Island.
Caroline pleaded not guilty when she appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court last month.
She confirmed that she was standing down from hosting the series, writing on Instagram : “There have been a significant number of media reports and allegations in regard to my personal life.
“While matters were not as have been reported I am committed to co-operating with the appropriate authorities and I can’t comment further on these matters until the legal process is over.
“However Love Island has been my world for the last five years, it’s the best show on telly. In order not to detract attention from the upcoming series I feel the best thing I can do is stand down from Series 6.
“I want to wish the incredible team working on the show a fantastic series in Cape Town.”
Laura later took to Instagram to share her delight at being signed up by ITV.
Sharing a snap of her own Love Island water bottle, she said: “I will be hosting Love Island and Aftersun this series. Whhhhaa??? To say I’m excited to be heading to Cape Town to host Love Island, the biggest show on television, is an understatement.
“I want to thank ITV for trusting me at the helm of this huge show. I wish it was in better circumstances; Caroline is a brilliant host and friend. We’ve spoken a lot in the last few days since she stepped down. She has been very kind to me and strongly pushed me for this role. I’ve watched her host every series and know I have big boots to fill. I will try and do it justice.
“Above all, I am a massive fan of this show. I’ve never been to a Love Island villa, and I can’t wait to get in there to meet all the new islanders looking for love. The Love Island team are the best in the business… including the voice and heart of the show, Iain. He thought he was getting a holiday away from me…not a chance”
* Love Island kicks off at 9pm on Sunday, January 12 on ITV2
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