They may not have been contestants but I’d argue Iain Stirling and Laura Whitmore are the cutest things to walk out of the Love Island villa. From lockdown Tik Tok dances to travelling the world together, they’re goals. It seems they’ve got the balance to be able to work together and recent Instagram posts have confirmed that they got engaged and tied the knot in 2020. The pair are a presenting dream team and here’s a timeline of Iain Stirling and Laura Whitmore’s relationship. They played the long game when they were dating and it seems to have really paid off.
It’s been reported that Laura Whitmore and Iain Stirling first met all the way back in 2016. The Sun says that the pair were introduced by Whitmore’s fellow Strictly Come Dancing competitor Ore Oduba at a party. According to the newspaper, the pair “sparked up a great friendship [while] hanging out with their mutual friends.”
Speaking in March 2020 on the In The Duffle Bag podcast, Whitmore spoke about how they first got to know one another. "He used to send me random messages, DM me and ask me about my dog,” she said. She also revealed that it took nine months before they went on a date. "I was like 'let’s just go for a drink.' I think I had to make the moves on him."
It wasn’t until July 2017 that the first reports about Whitmore and Stirling being a couple first came out. A source told The Sun at the time, “They kept the relationship private to give it the best possible chance, but it's well known in their close circle of friends how happy they are. They are very much in love and are boyfriend and girlfriend."
A month later, Whitmore confirmed in an interview that their romance was very real. She said, "Yeah he’s my boyfriend. He’s lovely. I’ve got him as my screensaver. I’ve known him for ages."
Stirling and Whitmore's relationship finally made it to their Instagram grids in September 2017 while the pair were on a trip to New York. They each shared their pics of their envy inducing travels including a very cute picture of them kissing. The picture wasn’t the first time Stirling has appeared on Whitmore’s grid but there was no denying their relationship now.
The new year brought new exciting travel plans for Whitmore and Stirling. It seems they’re always off on an adventure together and, at the end of January 2018, the couple went away to Iceland to celebrate Stirling's 30th birthday with his family. In the caption for one picture of the whole gang together, Whitmore wrote: "When you go on holidays with your boyfriend’s family and convince them to go to a public toilet that’s been converted into a punk museum. You’re welcome."
Throughout 2018 Whitmore and Stirling went much more public online with their relationship. They shared photos of their trips to the Six Nations, All Points East, Spain, and numerous award shows. Whitmore also posted an incredibly cute Love, Actually parody created by Stirling that will melt your heart.
At the end of 2018 Stirling and Whitmore shared a picture of themselves in the back of a removal van with her dog. They had taken the plunge to move in together and she wrote, “Now taking bookings for all house removals for 2019 #manwithavan #unboxing Mick charges extra.”
July 2019 marked the couple's second anniversary and to celebrate the occasion Stirling shared some very sweet shots of the couple with the caption, “2 years with my best mate x.” I’m not crying, you are.
As the first edition of Winter Love Island was looming and Stirling was set to bring the laughs as voiceover once more, it was announced that Whitmore would take over as host for the coming series. In January 2020 she flew out to South Africa and after it was announced Stirling posted a picture of the two of them, writing,"The new #loveisland host seems nice. I wonder if she’s single..."
The Winter edition of Love Island was explosive but in April 2020 The Sun reported that the pair got engaged in South Africa. Whitmore has since been seen wearing a yellow diamond engagement ring and it was reported that Stirling designed it himself. However, like much of their relationship, they’ve kept thing’s pretty tight under wraps.
A source told the publication, “they couldn’t be happier. We’re thrilled for them. He’d obviously thought about it for a while, as he designed the ring and yellow’s her favourite colour.”
In an interview with fellow comedian Chris Ramsay, Stirling said, “I’ve got someone who’s like me, but much, much better. And Laura’s got someone who’s like her, but much worse. I’ve done well out of it, but I’m dead happy because she’s lovely and stuff” and they’re providing fans with some seriously hilarious content throughout lockdown. From TikTok dances to Star Wars themed Zoom parties it looks like they’re having the best time.
In November, Stirling appeared alongside Marvin Humes in a special episode of Loose Women which aired on International Men’s Day. He was seen wearing a ring which began the speculation that Whitmore and Stirling had tied the knot.
On Dec. 15 The Sun reported that Whitmore and Stirling had got married in a small ceremony in November. The publication obtained a marriage certificate that detailed the pair had a COVID-19 compliant humanist ceremony at Dublin’s City Hall on Nov. 11.
In line with Ireland’s level five restrictions which were in place at the time, the Sun said they had 25 guests and Whitmore’s half-brother and Stirling’s sister acted as witnesses.
I reached out to representatives for Stirling and Whitmore for comment. A source told the publication, “Iain and Laura are so in love, they really wanted to get married as soon as possible. Despite circumstances not being ideal, it was such a romantic day.”
December 2020 (later)
If reports of a wedding weren’t exciting enough, Whitmore and Stirling shared some news to really warm their fans' festive hearts. On Dec. 15, the couple revealed that they are expecting a baby in early 2021. Stirling posted a funny picture on Instagram, saying goodbye to his games consoles and wrote, “sorry to my old babies but there is a new baby coming early 2021.”
Whitmore said having the time to celebrate their news with their loved ones has been so important but they were excited to share with fans. “I’m gonna be honest it’s starting to look like my lock down beer belly is out of control. Iain and I are expecting a baby early 2021. It’s been hard to keep such happy news quiet. Especially the times when I’ve had to run out of live radio to get sick in a bin or my penchant for a bowl of mashed potato in the morning,” she wrote, “I wasn’t hungover like everyone thought. In fact I was completely sober filming the entire series of Celeb Juice, which is quite the accolade! We’d appreciate our privacy respected but just wanted to spread some love and a reminder of the beauty of life.”
On Jan. 1, 2021, Laura confirmed to her followers that the rumours were true: she and Iain did get hitched. In a long caption, the presenter explained that the pair had become quietly engaged and married in a private ceremony in 2020. “We loved having it to ourselves. We had been planning the perfect celebration and I will forever be so thankful that’s what we got,” she wrote. “We have never spoken publicly about our engagement or wedding. Back at the time we never felt the need to say anything as it’s all such a personal experience. We also were too busy enjoying it!”
Later that month, Whitmore also shared another snap from the big day, this time to celebrate her dog Mick’s sixth birthday. “Happy 6th Birthday Mick! There with me every step of the way,” she said, alongside a super cute photo of the pup in-between his owners on their wedding day.
Those hoping for a bump picture update will be thrilled with her post on Jan. 21. Posing in front of a mirror, on set, Whitmore bears her bump, captioned with "Shit got real."
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