Saturday 21 April 2018

'My job isn't that glamorous - men chase me down the street' - Strictly's Laura Whitmore

Laura Whitmore.
Laura Whitmore.
Laura Whitmore, Giovanni Pernice
Laura Whitmore. Photo: PA

Sean O'Grady

Laura Whitmore is gearing up to come back fighting on tonight's Strictly Come Dancing after narrowly avoiding elimination last week.

The TV presenter attempted the quickstep with professional dance partner Giovanni Pernice.

However, the Bray woman (31) gave her partner more than he bargained for at rehearsals this week after she brought along her pet pooch Mick Jagger.

The former MTV presenter was unaware that Giovanni is afraid of dogs but he soldiered on through rehearsals like a true professional.

Laura Whitmore, Giovanni Pernice
Laura Whitmore, Giovanni Pernice

The couple landed in the bottom two last week but escaped elimination after EastEnders actress Tameka Empson (inset) was sent packing.

Since landing her hosting gig on MTV News in 2008, Whitmore's star has continued to rise.

But it has come at a price for the DCU graduate who regularly has to dodge paparazzi following her on the street and waiting for her outside her London home.

Whitmore believes photographers should only be allowed to take pictures of celebrities at events.

Laura Whitmore. Photo: PA
Laura Whitmore. Photo: PA

"Luckily, I haven't got it as bad as other people I know. I can't stand when the paparazzi camp outside your house, that is crossing the line. If I am in a work capacity, then I understand that you have the right to take my picture but never outside of my house," she said.

"I have a photographer guy who has been hanging around near my house. It's weird that that's acceptable. I know we live in a culture where people set up pictures, but I'm just not down for that, never have been.

"Especially when you are a girl on your own at night, in what world is it okay for three men to chase you down the road?"

Speaking to Arcadia Magazine, the presenter said she does not court publicity by discussing her personal life.

"I'm a television presenter. I haven't come from a reality TV show, I don't talk about my personal life, why should people get to see that?

"Those lines have become blurred because of social media," she said.

She also dismissed people's perceptions of TV presenting as a "glamorous" career.

"It's not that glamorous, it's hard work, a lot of waiting around and being tired all the time, losing privacy and having a job and then not having a job," she said.

"If you want to be a presenter you have to love it because it will take over your life."


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