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Laura Whitmore opens up about returning to the Love Island set while suffering from mastitis

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Love Island hosts Laura Whitmore said she suffered from mastitis and had a fever when she went back to work after giving birth to her daughter.

Speaking on Angela Scanlon’s Thanks A Million podcast, Ms Whitmore, who has campaigned for tougher laws to limit online abuse, said she was also trolled for going back to work after giving birth to her daughter last year.

The Bray native said she struggled initially to balance life as a young mother and her desire to pursue her career and that it was made even more difficult by the negative comments directed at her.

“I remember getting mastitis. We did the first show of pairing. I had mastitis, so I had a fever. I had big, big, hard breasts, one bigger than the other. In a way it took the pressure off though, there were other things I was worried about instead of the TV side. But yes, it was difficult. It was work and it was ongoing because you balance everything,” she said.

“I’m so grateful to my mom for being there every step of the way so I could breastfeed full time but also do the show. It was hard because I didn’t want any part of my life to be missed or not get my full time and effort. So it’s not like you can do everything, but I had to work to take care of my family, but also to have a little bit of myself.

“But I had to work to take care of my family, but also to have a little bit of myself, but I think we have to be careful how we judge because from the outside everyone’s like, ‘Oh yeah, just go back to work . It’s so easy for you.’ It wasn’t, it was hard. It was really, really hard. It took a lot of planning.”

Ms Whitmore said last year’s Love Island shooting schedule was made even more difficult by the pandemic and she described it as a “crazy time” but added that “most new mums just get on with it”.

She said the support she’s received from her mother and work colleagues during this time has brought her “closer” than ever.

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Ms Whitmore said her mother gave up three months of her own time to help her and it was “one of the best gifts” she has ever received.

“And that’s bigger than any physical gift anyone could give me because it was their time. And now we’re trying to do that when it comes to gifts, especially with family, it’s like doing something together, having time together instead of having an object because I’m a horrible person. I lose stuff all the time… So I always think memories and time are the most important thing to do,” she added.

Ms Whitmore joined the popular reality TV show following the sudden death of former presenter Caroline Flack in 2020.

However, she admitted to judging some of the show’s contestants before joining the program.

“Before I even saw Love Island, I remember thinking, ‘Ugh, what kind of show is this.’ And then I start watching it. And I was captivated by it… I love this show. I’m a fan of the show, have been a fan of this show for years, but I was 100% judging people who attended this show before I saw it.

“And I think we all judge people. I judged so many people before I met them and I hate myself for it, but that’s what we probably do as humans, but one thing I like about myself is that I had the ability to change my mind and meet people,” she said.

She added that 2021 was her “busiest” but also the “happiest year of her life.”

“I think I realized that in March everything kind of fell into place and it didn’t always, and maybe not, I thought I could have had a baby early or there could have been complications or maybe not made it that deadline.

“But it was that support all around me. And I remember feeling really lucky to have come home from the madness and I’m very lucky and I feel very lucky. I feel very lucky for that, for this life,” she said.

Thanks A Million with Angela Scanlon is available on Apple, Spotify and all podcast providers.

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