With her straight talking approach to matters of love, Laura Whitmore is the perfect stand-in for Caroline Flack on winter Love Island .
From dishing about the less than romantic way she lost her virginity to her favourite time of the month to have sex, the 34-year-old TV host isn't one to flinch in the face of an awkward conversation.
But the Irish star, who was raised a Catholic, went to an all-girls school and admitted she was terrified of boys until late into her teens.
She told BBC documentary, Losing My Religion: "I went to a convent secondary school and had sex education taught by a nun – looking back, probably not the best person to learn about sex from!"
Laura was 19 when she lost her virginity to her first love, describing the encounter as "fine".
"You know, it was as good as it could’ve been," she previously told Hot Press magazine.
“It was in a sh***y little bed in my student accommodation in DCU – classy! But I think we attempted to do it the week before and it didn’t go so well.”
And while she's always swerved one night stands, admitting the sex is much better with a long-term partner, she's still "probably done a few walks of shame – from the same house a few times."
When it comes to the best time of the month to do the deed, she told the Girls With Goals podcast that she's all about period sex.
She said: “I can’t believe you don’t have sex during that time. I don’t see it as being an issue, especially when it’s someone you’ve been with a long time.
“You’re at your horniest at that time.”
“As someone who travels a lot, and being someone in a relationship where you’ve only got a small amount of time – you take what you can get.”
After landing a coveted gig presenting for MTV in 2008 she was linked to a slew of heartthrobs including model David Gandy, singer Paulo Nutini and Bodyguard star Richard Madden.
She dated Coronas frontman Danny O'Reilly for three years; Sunset Suns star Rory Williams for 18 months and was even linked to Leonardo DiCaprio at the 2016 BAFTAS.
The pair were seen chatting and whispering into each others ears at an after-party at London's Rosewood hotel that February, with sources claiming Leo was "completely taken" by the Irish beauty.
"She was playing it cool but he made a beeline for her and they instantly started flirting," an onlooker claimed to The Sun.
"Leo made it clear he wanted her to come back upstairs to his suite at the hotel to continue the party afterwards."
Laura – who was hosting the red carpet for EE – apparently headed back to his plush suite at around 3:30am along with several others.
But the blonde presenter was the only one Leo was interested in, according to a partygoer.
"He was all over Laura until after 5am. At one point he held her face in his hand," the insider said.
At the time, Laura was dating Sunset Sons rocker Rory Williams and insisted everything had been above board.
“Everyone was just having fun — there was a lot of dancing," she told Hello! magazine.
And speaking to The Mirror, the 34 year old admitted the gossip had put a strain on her relationship.
Laura said: "I promise I didn’t stay in Leo’s room all night!
"All this attention has not been easy because I am going out with someone."
Then in 2017 she was introduced to current boyfriend, Love Island voiceover guy Iain Stirling at an ITV party.
The pair kept their relationship on the down-low for months with Laura even sneaking out to Majorca to spend time with him during the show.
Last year they shacked up in north London and Laura has teased that babies could be the next step.
But although she's broody, marriage isn't something she feels is essential.
She previously said: “For me, marriage is lovely but happiness is so much better.
“I grew up where my parents weren’t together and that was a time when everyone’s parents were together.
“Now no one’s parents are together. But I felt a little bit… I remember a girl in my class saying my dad wasn’t my dad because I have a different surname.
“But now I realise it’s so much better just to grow up in a happy environment, whatever that is.”
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