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New Love Island host Laura Whitmore is joined by narrator boyfriend Iain Sterling in native Ireland


She will replace Caroline Flack as Love Island host and work alongside her boyfriend, narrator Iain Stirling. 

And Laura Whitmore, 34, was joined by the Scot in her native Bray, an upmarket town near Dublin, after the TV personalities spent Christmas apart.   

Laura, who stayed in touch with Iain over FaceTime during the festive period, donned a festive jumper in aid of Save the Children as she posed with her dog Mick during a series of snaps shared by the presenter on Sunday. 

Candid: Laura Whitmore, 34, is enjoying a trip home to her native Bray, an upmarket town near Dublin, with boyfriend Iain Sterling after the TV personalities spent Christmas apart

Candid: Laura Whitmore, 34, is enjoying a trip home to her native Bray, an upmarket town near Dublin, with boyfriend Iain Sterling after the TV personalities spent Christmas apart

‘It is what it is’…jumper in aid of @savethechildren scroll for Mick giving his best side eye. Just waiting for the day dogs allowed in the villa #doonewinter’ she wrote alongside the windswept picture. 

The natural blonde, who will soon fly to South Africa for the launch of Love Island’s new season, wore a long indigo coat over the charitable jumper and added a pair of blue ripped jeans and black boots. 

Her locks were windswept and a touch of lipstick completed her look which served as foreground to her picturesque town. 

Pals: The natural blonde, who will soon fly to South Africa for the launch of Love Island's new season, posed for a selfie with Iain and her mates

Pals: The natural blonde, who will soon fly to South Africa for the launch of Love Island’s new season, posed for a selfie with Iain and her mates

Dog days: Laura, who stayed in touch with Iain over FaceTime during the festive period, donned a festive jumper in aid of Save the Children as she posed with her dog Mick

Dog days: Laura, who stayed in touch with Iain over FaceTime during the festive period, donned a festive jumper in aid of Save the Children as she posed with her dog Mick

Finally together: Taking to her Instagram, she revealed her fellow Celt was on the Emerald Isle by sharing a photo of him alongside a gaggle of her friends as they enjoyed a meal

Finally together: Taking to her Instagram, she revealed her fellow Celt was on the Emerald Isle by sharing a photo of him alongside a gaggle of her friends as they enjoyed a meal

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Taking to her Instagram, she revealed her fellow Celt was on the Emerald Isle by sharing a photo of him alongside a gaggle of her friends as they enjoyed a meal. 

He joined her for an aerial selfie alongside the rest of the six-strong group who looked in high spirits.  

The beauty also took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a snap of her chatting with her Scottish beau as he spent Christmas at home with his own family. 

Festive FaceTime: Laura stayed in touch with boyfriend Iain Stirling over FaceTime on Christmas Day

Festive FaceTime: Laura stayed in touch with boyfriend Iain Stirling over FaceTime on Christmas Day 

The TV and radio presenter looked very festive as she pouted while wearing a Santa hat with snowman-themed pyjamas. 

She was almost in the Christmas tree as she posed amongst the baubles as Iain smiled widely on the other end of the call.

Laura also shared a series of snaps to her Instagram stories, detailing the fun she’s been having in Dublin. 

The festive fun comes after she was announced as Caroline Flack’s replacement on the ITV show. 

Love: The beauty took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a snap of her chatting with her Scottish beau as he enjoyed Christmas at home with his family

Pupper! Laura was pictured with her dog while FaceTiming her boyfriend

Love: The beauty took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a snap of her chatting with her Scottish beau as he enjoyed Christmas at home with his family

Following Caroline’s arrest and charge for assault after a fight with her boyfriend Lewis Burton, 27, earlier this month, the star, 40, announced that she was set to step down as presenter for the sixth season of the show. 

Laura was announced as host, with the Irish star, 34, taking to both social media and releasing an official statement to confirm the news, which was first revealed exclusively by MailOnline.

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Laura shared a snap on Instagram of a water bottle adorned with her name – one of the hallmarks of the show and a prop given to all contestants. 

Referencing both her friendship with Caroline and the host’s efforts to get her the job, Laura said in her statement: ‘To say I’m excited to be heading to Cape Town to host Love Island, the biggest show on television, is an understatement…

Family: Laura also shared a series of snaps to her Instagram stories, detailing the fun she's been having in Dublin while Iain relaxed with his clan at home in Scotland

Family: Laura also shared a series of snaps to her Instagram stories, detailing the fun she’s been having in Dublin while Iain relaxed with his clan at home in Scotland

‘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 also a 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!’ 

Drama: Caroline Flack, 40, stepped down as Love Island host after she was charged with assaulting her boyfriend, Lewis Burton, 27, after an altercation at her London home

Drama: Caroline Flack, 40, stepped down as Love Island host after she was charged with assaulting her boyfriend, Lewis Burton, 27, after an altercation at her London home

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She also spoke on her 5 Live radio show on Sunday about her ‘new job’. 

‘I’ve got a new job!’ Laura said on the air, as she played the Love Island theme tune, which she admitted ‘excites’ her now, but will likely cause her to feel ‘terror’ closer to the show’s transmission.

‘It starts very very soon,’ she went on. ‘I am in disbelief and shock. It doesn’t affect this radio show too much. I will be flying back and forth from South Africa, hosting [spin-off show] Aftersun on a Monday, live from London, and then doing this radio show on Sundays.’

Iain also congratulated his girlfriend as he shared a sweet snap of the pair with the added caption: ‘The new #loveisland host seems nice. I wonder if she’s single.’

Head of Digital Channels and Acquisitions, Paul Mortimer, said: ‘I’m delighted that Laura is able to step in this winter on ITV2’s biggest show.

‘She is the best person for the job and is a popular and experienced presenter of live television. Whilst Caroline is away, we know that Love Island will be in very safe hands.’

Woman of the hour: Laura spoke on her 5 Live radio show on Sunday about her 'new job'

Woman of the hour: Laura spoke on her 5 Live radio show on Sunday about her ‘new job’

Happy days! Taking to both social media and in an official statement, the Irish star confirmed the news which MailOnline first revealed exclusively

Happy days! Taking to both social media and in an official statement, the Irish star confirmed the news which MailOnline first revealed exclusively

Open and honest: Shortly after the announcement, Caroline took to Instagram to pen: 'I'm glad it's Laura... She loves the show as much as I do... again'

Open and honest: Shortly after the announcement, Caroline took to Instagram to pen: ‘I’m glad it’s Laura… She loves the show as much as I do… again’



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