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Laura Whitmore and Iain Stirling’s relationship timeline – from the first date to their Love Island takeover

LAURA Whitmore and her boyfriend Iain Stirling are going to see a lot more of each other in January now the presenter has replaced Caroline Flack as the host of Love Island.

But what do we know about the couple who are now about to work together on the hit ITV show? Here's a look at their love story so far...

How their romance began

Laura and Iain met in 2016 but things did not turn romantic until the following summer.

In July 2017 The Sun Online exclusively revealed that Iain found love with Laura after meeting her at an ITV party.

The pair were both hanging out with mutual friends and struck up a connection.

Since then, they have famously kept their relationship out of the spotlight.

Going public

After months of staying coy about the romance, Laura confirmed the romance in August 2017.

She said: "Yeah he’s my boyfriend. He’s lovely. I’ve got him as my screensaver. I’ve known him for ages."

And Iain opened up in March 2018, saying: "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 the pair slowly started sharing posts together on social media as their relationship progressed.

Home, sweet home

In June 2018 it was revealed that the couple are planning to move in together.

A source said: “Because of their busy jobs they don’t get to spend a lot of time together but this will mean they will see a lot more of each other.

“They are very steady as a couple and it is the natural next step.”

In December 2018, Laura shared a rare photo of the couple together as they settled into their new home.

They have an elegant two-room lounge containing shelves of books, ornaments, framed photos and even a miniature globe.

The couple that travels together...

The happy duo jetted off to New York together in September 2017, before they enjoyed a break to the States in May 2019.

Not only did they get to spend time together before Iain had to jet off to Majorca for filming – but they also celebrated Laura’s 34th birthday.

First they went to Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando, then they popped into the stunning Versace Mansion, the one-time home of murdered fashion designer Gianni Versace.

The pair also dropped in at a wedding in sun-drenched Lake Nona, posting a picture of them together with the happy couple locked outside.

Back in October the couple went on the holiday of a lifetime when they travelled from the west to the east coast of America.

Iain shared a super sweet selfie from the road - but explained why he had posted the rare image.

He wrote: "Last night I went to a winery in California and didn’t drink so I could drive Laura home afterwards.

"I am posting this picture in memory of the biggest sacrifice I will ever make for another person for the rest of my life."

Love Island takeover

The show's voiceover man, 31, revealed he is "delighted" to have the Irish presenter join him in South Africa for the show's upcoming winter edition.

ITV confirmed today that the 34-year-old will be taking on the coveted job when the show kicks off on the 12th of January.

Iain wrote on his Instagram Stories: "Delighted to have @thewhitemore join the #loveisland team."

Following the announcement, Laura said: "To say I’m excited to be heading to Cape Town to host Love Island, the biggest show on television, is an understatement.

"I want to thank ITV for trusting me at the helm of this huge show. I wish it was in better circumstances; Caroline is a brilliant host and also a friend. We’ve spoken a lot in the last few days since she stepped down.

"She has been very kind to me and strongly pushed me for this role. I’ve watched her host every series and know I have big boots to fill. I will try and do it justice."

She added: "Above all, I am a massive fan of this show. I’ve never been to a Love Island villa, and I can’t wait to get in there to meet all the new Islanders looking for love.

"The Love Island team are the best in the business… including the voice and heart of the show, Iain. He thought he was getting a holiday away from me… not a chance!"

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