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'I talk to mum more than ever since lockdown', says Laura


Laura Whitmore is hoping to return to Ireland for Christmas this year

Laura Whitmore is hoping to return to Ireland for Christmas this year

Laura Whitmore is hoping to return to Ireland for Christmas this year

Love Island presenter Laura Whitmore (35) has revealed she is hoping to get back to Ireland at Christmas for the first time this year.

"I haven't been to Bray since Christmas, which is mad," she told the Herald.

"It's weird, I was saying to my mum the other day, I probably talk to her more, I talk to her about once a day.

"She never did FaceTime before lockdown and now she's on Zoom and on everything.


"I'm really hoping because of what we're going through now that maybe I'll get to Bray at Christmas, but we don't know. We'll play it by ear."

The Love Island presenter is currently juggling a host of projects, including a show on BBC Radio 5, appearances on Celebrity Juice and her first book, No One Can Change Your Life Except For You, out next March.

However, she said she doesn't feel any pressure.

"I love my job and I'm very lucky and I'm very privileged in what I do," she said.

"I've always had a very good group of people around me, my friends, my family keep me grounded.

"I think I'm very lucky for that, I've got a safe home,a lot of people who are working don't really have that.

"I can't really complain. I can cope with whatever the world throws at me."

She said that she's been told to build a thick skin, but that over the years she has realised that even big celebrities are "sensitive".

"I've interviewed so many people over the years and you realise that everyone's human," she said.

"The big A-listers, the politicians, everyone is vulnerable and everyone's sensitive. No one is immune to feeling hurt so I think it's important to remember that."

The broadcaster was speaking in partnership with Just Eat to launch their Just Eat National Takeaway Awards.

Customers are encouraged to nominate their favourite local restaurant until November 15 for a chance to win them a media support package worth €20,000.

Categories for this year's awards include Community Hero, Best Takeaway Cocktails, Best Takeaway Dessert,Ireland's Favourite Dish and Best Takeaway Spice bag.