'Love Island' host Laura Whitmore calls out invasive paparazzo following Caroline Flack's death

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'Love Island' presenter Laura Whitmore has slammed an invasive paparazzi for photographing her Cape Town reunion with boyfriend Iain Stirling (Photo credit should read Keith Mayhew / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

Laura Whitmore has called out a paparazzo online after he invaded her and boyfriend Iain Stirling’s privacy following the death of their friend and colleague Caroline Flack.

The Love Island host told followers on social media that she had arrived in Cape Town, South Africa - where the ITV2 reality show is filmed - that morning ahead of this weekend’s finale.

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She went on to detail that a photographer wouldn’t stop snapping pictures as she reunited with the series’ narrator Stirling at the airport for the first time since Flack’s passing five days ago.

“It’s been really hard being apart,” she wrote. “We tried to ignore [the paparazzi] but he continued to follow us as we got coffee and left the building.”

Whitmore and Iain Stirling were both good friends with former 'Love Island' host Caroline Flack (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Hard Rock Hotel London)

Whitmore added that she asked the man to stop because he’d obviously already got what he wanted and that the couple needed space because they were mourning a friend.

“He said, ‘Can you give me a reaction? It’s a public place and I can take pictures if I want,’” she wrote.

“I have never courted the paparazzi but understand at work events, it comes with the territory. But this morning was too much. Iain filmed him and he didn’t like it. I don’t like attacking people but we need to call people out when they do things like this.

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“Iain and I just wanted some privacy.”

Flack was found dead in her London home last Saturday. Yesterday, an inquest provisionally confirmed that she had died by hanging. She was 40 years old.

Since then, 700,000 people have signed an online petition calling for a new law to be put in place that could stop the media “bullying” people with their coverage.

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