Laura Whitmore has said that she feels “much more comfortable” to “call things” in her 30s.
The 37-year-old Love Island host opens up about embracing her 30s, admitting she’s “probably a better person” and “better” at her job now, compared to when she was 20.
Speaking to the Standard, the Irish TV presenter said: “I feel much more comfortable with myself, much more sure of myself. I don’t think I put up with *** bullshit like I did when I was 20, like I was happy to say things I would have accepted in my 20s. I think that probably makes me a better person, a better friend, better at my job.”
Elaborating further, he explained: “The retrospective is a great thing. The first time I worked on television, a photographer pulled my skirt up and it was printed in a newspaper and I thought ‘oh, that’s the way it is’. I should have said something at that time. I think now, as I get older, I’m more confident. Being able to say it’s not okay is important to me.”
He is currently leading the eighth season of Love Island and it is a job he enjoys.
She said: “I think Love Island is something we need right now because the news is not good, right? The world is falling apart around us, so it’s so nice to have a guilty pleasure and that little bit of escapism for everyone.
“I love the unity it brings to the outside. It’s a talk about water coolers, like everyone at work is talking about it, I love how it brings families together. It’s very strange, on paper it’s aimed at younger people, but grandmas watch it and honestly I’ve been approached by a lot of people in their 90s, you know, dads, moms, kids, and it brings people together.
“We all care about these relationships. I don’t think we have many TV shows that do that.”
Fresh from the explosive drama Casa Amor, the TV presenter has her own predictions about the love stories in the village.
Weighing in, he said, “Everyone I talk to has a different partner they want to ask me about. It’s funny how people cling to different relationships.
“We’re at the midpoint at the moment which I think is always really interesting because we still have a way to go.
“You know, right now [Andrew and Tasha] they are in other couples after Casa Amor, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they got back together, stranger things have happened on that show.
“But I can tell you there are real feelings there. You can tell Andrew and Tasha that they care about each other and that four weeks may not seem like a long time, but I know it can feel like a lifetime.”
Away from Love Island, Whitmore is the proud mother of her one-year-old daughter Stevie and released her first book No One Can Change Your Life But You earlier this year.
She also recently launched a true crime podcast Partners In Crime on Spotify with her husband Iain Stirling.
She said: “I love it! I don’t like the brutality of it, but I love the psychology of it, getting into people’s mindsets and the story. Iain is the complete opposite, he feels ‘I need a backstory, I need a why’.”
In addition to Love Island, Whitmore has been working on a new top-secret TV project.
She said: “It’s very, very different, it’s a big thing that I’ve been working on for a while; is awesome.
“I think it is very important to do many things. We love pigeonholing people, but you may be interested in true crime, you may be interested in politics, and you may be interested in watching Love Island. You can do all these things and it’s fine.”
This summer, Blossom Hill is celebrating its 30th birthday with the help of Laura Whitmore. For many people, turning 30 comes with all kinds of social and family pressures to achieve certain milestones in life. And together, Blossom Hill and Laura want to override these tired tropes and help you live life on your own terms. To learn more go to blossomhill.com or search @BlossomHill On Instagram.