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Following his shock departure from the ITV2 dating show the island of lovepresenter Laura Whitmore opened up about her painful experiences in the entertainment industry.
The 37-year-old studied journalism at Dublin City University and landed her first job as the new face of MTV News in Europe in 2008.
The mum-of-one then shone as the behind-the-scenes host of the show for I am a celebrity…twirled with Giovanni Pernice on Come dance strictly in 2016 and succeeded Holly Willoughby on celebrity juice in 2020.
But it wasn’t all glitz and glamour, she revealed.
“I won’t put up with bullshit anymore,” Whitmore told The Sunday Times. “At the start of your career, you want to get along with everyone and you don’t want to question things.
“Once you have a child, you question things to make it better for the next generation. Once I accepted people taking pictures up my skirt, now I’m like, ‘Why the hell n ‘didn’t I speak?'”
“Upskirting” involves taking a picture under someone’s clothes without their knowledge, and Laura has spoken out against the practice.
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In 2018 Laura appeared on ITV Lorraine to support the “upskirting” bill and shared her personal story.
“I was outside my house, I had my dog and I was shopping and trying to get out of the car and this guy took a picture up my skirt,” she told Lorraine Kelly.
She added: “It was in print and I was so embarrassed but at the time I didn’t say anything because I thought if I said something on Twitter people would Google that picture and more people would see it.”
Whitmore explained how she was forced to go to “crazy” lengths to avoid being photographed in this now illegal way. She crawled out of cars to avoid the paparazzi taking pictures under her skirt or dress.
“I just don’t want them to get a picture of my pants. It’s crazy,” she told the newspaper.
Watch: Former Love Island stars praise Laura Whitmore after quitting show
On April 12, 2019, upskirting became a criminal offense under the Voyeurism Act.
In the days following his departure from the hit series the island of loveWhitmore spoke candidly about other gender-related issues and also targeted criticism over her salary, reported at £600,000.
Read more: Laura Whitmore hits out at ‘Love Island’ fans who criticize her
“I wasn’t winning that much, but if I did, it’s a fucking game for me. Men don’t get asked about their salary like that,” Whitmore told The Sunday Times last week.
Whitmore also admitted she struggles with not being able to speak out if something is wrong the island of love.
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Now the author of the hit memoir of positivity No one can change your life except you looks to the future and makes a documentary for ITV about sex and power online.
She is also set to make her West End debut on September 6 at 2:22 A ghost story.