Pregnant Laura Whitmore won’t stop working when she has her baby, but pandemic will mean changes to Love Island

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Laura Whitmore knows life will soon change forever when she becomes a mum. But the Irish star insists one thing will still be business as usual – her work.

The Love Island presenter, who’s expecting her first child with hubby Iain Stirling any day now, said in a recent interview, ‘‘When people ask if I’m going to give up work this year because of the baby, I’m like, ‘Why?’”

Due to Covid restrictions, the reality TV series has not aired in the UK since early 2020, when it filmed its first winter series in South Africa – but ITV has now confirmed the villa will reopen this summer. And while details are still up in the air, Laura, 35, is definitely up for it.

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“At the moment, everything is like, knock on wood!” she said. “Applications have been crazy – everyone wants to go to a hot country and get into a villa. The most important thing is to do it safely, so if it can’t be done the normal way, they’ll have to change things. But I’m very hopeful and excited.”

Laura previously said she found the first three months of pregnancy tough due to morning sickness – but she says she’s been embracing the rest.

“It’s been helpful to not have too many expectations and just see how it goes,” she said. “I was talking to a pregnant friend and she said, ’It’s mad to think that our parents had no idea what they were doing when they had us.’ Nobody knows what they’re doing! We’re all just making it up.”

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Laura revealed her pregnancy in December by posting snaps of her bump from a Hunger magazine shoot.

She says she shared the news in her own way because she likes to keep her personal life as private as possible.

“I didn’t want it to come out because a man had followed me down the street and taken a picture, and sold it and made money from my baby. I thought, ‘I’m going to own it and do my own shoot, and show my bump when I choose to,’” she said. “I felt I had taken control of my baby and my pregnancy.”

Laura also spoke of how important privacy is to her while discussing her new book, No One Can Change Your Life Except For You, with Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo. “I’ve always been really private, it takes some time,” she said.

Laura and comic Iain, 33, also kept their wedding under wraps after tying the knot in November last year.

Speaking about their intimate ceremony in Dublin, which was later leaked in the press, she says, “It was just for us and our family. I found it hard that I hadn’t told everyone in my life yet.”

On Lorraine last week – where host Lorraine Kelly appeared to let slip Laura is expecting a girl – she added of her big day, “We were lucky we managed to have it to ourselves.”

Things are clearly rosy for Laura in her personal life and her career – and she’s just getting started. Speaking about where she sees herself in five years, she admits she’s “constantly on the go”, adding, “I’m not good at sitting still. I’m always looking forward to the next thing.

“I love asking questions. My job is to ask questions. I’m a storyteller and I want to keep doing that, whether it’s my story or someone else’s.”

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