Laura Whitmore Criticises Paparazzi After Incident In South Africa

The Love Island presenter was with her boyfriend, Iain Stirling, for the first time since Caroline Flack died.

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by Bonnie McLaren |
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Laura Whitmore has criticised a photographer for taking pictures of her and her boyfriend Iain Stirling, as they met each other for the first time following Caroline Flack’s death. Writing on social media, she said the paparazzo followed the couple in an Cape Town airport - after she asked him to stop, as she explained that she was grieving.

‘I landed in Cape Town this morning and it is the first time I’ve been with Iain since Caroline passed away,’ Laura wrote on Twitter. ‘It’s been really hard being apart. At the airport a photographer took pictures of us both and we tried to ignore it but he continued to follow us as we got coffee and left the building. So I asked him would he stop as he had what he wanted. I said we were mourning a friend and could he allow us space. He said “can you give me a reaction. It’s a public place and I can take pictures if I want”.'

The Irish host, who is set to appear in Sunday's Love Island final, continued: ‘I have never courted the paparazzi but understand at work events it comes with the territory. But this morning was too much. Iain filmed him and he didn’t like it.’

On Sunday, Laura delivered a poignant tribute to her friend as she hosted her Radio 5 Live show. ‘Caroline Flack made a decision to take her own life and I want to talk about it,’ Laura began. ‘I want to talk about her and give her the respect that she deserves and that she didn’t always get. ‘Anyone who knew Caroline knew she was vivacious, loving and had a passion for life, which is why none of this makes sense.'

For emotional support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email, visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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