Laura Whitmore was mugged twice when she first moved to London

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY)  Laura Whitmore attends The BRIT Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on February 18, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Redferns)
Laura Whitmore (Jim Dyson/Redferns)

Laura Whitmore has revealed she was mugged twice when she first moved to London.

The Love Island host said she was left feeling "vulnerable" when someone swiped her phone not long after she’d arrived in the city, but that when it happened again a few months later she chased her attacker down.

Whitmore, who was born and grew up in Ireland, opens up about the attacks in her book No One Can Change Your Life Except For You.

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In an excerpt in The Mirror, she said when she first moved to London a man on a bike “whacked” her face with his elbow and snatched her phone.

"I felt so vulnerable; not to mention being phoneless in a big city I'd just moved to, which made me feel even more helpless,” she said.

Laura Whitmore attending the National Television Awards 2020 held at the O2 Arena, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Laura Whitmore (Doug Peters/EMPICS)

A few months later Whitmore, 35, was targeted again as she was talking on her new phone as she left King's Cross train station in London.

"I could hear the wheels of a bicycle behind me,” she said.

“A guy reached out and grabbed my phone. I screamed, 'Not f*****g today, pal'. I ran after him for what felt like minutes but was probably only seconds and grabbed the phone back to his utter surprise."

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28:   Laura Whitmore and Iain Stirling attend the 20th anniversary celebration of tailor and fashion designer Gresham Blake at the Hard Rock Hotel London on November 28, 2019 in London, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Hard Rock Hotel London)
Laura Whitmore and Iain Stirling (Getty Images for Hard Rock Hotel London)

Whitmore is now based in London, but she and her fellow Love Island star Iain Stirling headed to Ireland to tie the knot last year.

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The couple are expecting their first baby together.

The presenter confirmed the happy news in December, posting a photo on Instagram of a Guns N' Roses themed baby grow with 'Sweet Child O'Mine' written on it.

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