It wasn’t solely media consideration that Caroline Flack needed to cope with, but additionally trolls. After her dying, there have been calls from MPs for networks like Twitter to do extra to forestall harassment. Laura could be very energetic on social media and posts movies of her BBC 5 Stay present. How does she filter out the negativity? ‘There’s a variety of anger on the market,’ she says, ‘and sometimes the worst factor individuals will say about you is one thing you’ve already thought of your self, so that may be actually arduous.’
For Laura, it’s a case of blocking the trolls and curating her feed. ‘Social media has develop into a nicer place in lockdown,’ she says. ‘Individuals are posting inventive content material and making an attempt to assist one another. So it’s not all dangerous, however simply acknowledge that you just’re by no means going to please everybody,’ she shrugs.
WhatsApp teams have been a lifeline for Laura in lockdown. After I ask about her favourites, she picks up her telephone, grinning. ‘What have I obtained? There’s The LIC, which is the London Irish Crew, I believe Niall Horan’s in there. There’s a bunch for Mick [their maltipoo], for once we need assistance with the canine. And there’s one referred to as Remedy, which is my associates Alex and Ryan. If one among us is feeling down, we use that group to get optimistic power from the opposite two. Fortunately we by no means all really feel down on the identical time.’
She’s frank about the truth that lockdown has handled her fairly effectively, truly. ‘I discuss to my mum extra, which is very nice. She’s in Eire and had by no means used FaceTime earlier than lockdown. Now she gained’t bloody cease FaceTiming me.’ I’m wondering what it’s prefer to reside with the voice of Love Island – does he ever do a comedy narration of their every day life? ‘Oh, that will be horrific!’ she shrieks. ‘It’s been good to see extra of him, as a result of he often has a variety of stand-up gigs, and I’m up early for radio or shoots, so we’d be passing within the night time.’
Publish-Love Island, would she and Iain prefer to work collectively on the rest? ‘We by no means truly labored a day collectively on Love Island,’ she reveals. ‘We had separate resort rooms in Cape City as a result of he labored from 1pm to 9pm, and I wouldn’t go into the villa till about 1am when the voting is available in. To be sincere with you, we’d be cautious about working collectively correctly as a result of it might be… lots.’
Can she affirm that summer time Love Island shall be again this 12 months? ‘I’ve been instructed that it’s coming again,’ she grins. There have been stories that islanders will enter a Covid-secure set in Mallorca in July. And anybody considering she may take this collection off as maternity go away has underestimated her. ‘I really like doing it, it’s such a enjoyable present,’ she says. ‘And I truly suppose it’s been good to have had that break, for everybody who works on it, as a result of all of us went via a loss. It’s good to understand how a lot individuals missed the present. Apparently purposes are loopy this 12 months. Let’s simply pray the vaccines kick in.’
And if not one of the 20-somethings who make up Love Island’s contestant pool have been vaccinated but? ‘I’ve obtained a pal who jokes we must always do Love Island Further Baggage, with individuals who have ex-husbands and youngsters,’ she laughs. ‘Possibly if it’s solely the older individuals which have been vaccinated, we’ll do this.’
‘No One Can Change Your Life Except For You’ by Laura Whitmore (Orion, £14.99), is out on 4 March.