Laura Whitmore slams Strictly Come Dancing for ‘forcing her to spend 12 hours a day with dance partner’

Laura Whitmore has laid into Strictly Come Dancing bosses, claiming they forced her to spend up to 12 hours a day with her dance partner Giovanni Pernice, 29, back in 2016.

The 34 year old opened up about her experience on the dance competition show in an interview on the Private Parts podcast.

Speaking to hosts Jamie Laing and Francis Boulle, who both rose to fame on the hit E4 show Made In Chelsea, she explained: "What I didn't like was being removed from everybody and having to spend 12 hours a day with this one person.

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"It did not become about the dancing. I just wanted to dance.

"I did not want to play the game of doing red carpets with your dance partner and stuff like that, which a lot of people thought you should be doing. I did not want to do that."

However, her time on the show didn't put her off dancing as she later revealed that her 32 year old boyfriend Iain Stirling surprised her with lessons.

She said: "For our anniversary last year Iain got us dance lessons."


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Laura, who recently revealed she made the first move on Iain, went on to gush over her other half as the TV presenter admitted that being in isolation has made her realise just how much she likes him.

She said: "At the start I was worried. We have been living together for about a year but we don't see each other. We don't spend a lot of time together.

"I was a bit worried about how much time we would spend together but what I have discovered is that I quite like my boyfriend. I have worked that out. It is such a relief as I was not sure which way it was going to go.

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"What I have discovered is my dog is a pain in the a**. He just follows me everywhere. I was on the loo the other day and he pushed the door open and chucked up on my lap.

"Iain now does yoga with me in the morning. Boyfriend is okay but dog is a little bit of a nightmare. Isolation, I have enjoyed being at home. Now we are cooking together every night.

"I am sure it will get tiresome. But I am enjoying it. I felt I needed this time. There was a lot of travel so it is nice to work on yourself."

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