- Bang Showbiz
- 19 November 2020
‘Love Island’ star Iain Stirling admits he wouldn’t mind if Laura Whitmore proposed to him – providing it’s what she wanted
Iain Stirling thinks it would be “great” if Laura Whitmore proposed to him.
The ‘Love Island’ narrator – whose girlfriend hosts the ITV2 dating show – admitted there is a stigma about women making the first move in a relationship, and he would want his partner to be certain she wanted to be the one taking such a big step.
Appearing on ITV’s ‘Loose Men’ on Thursday (19.11.20), he said: “Old habits die hard.
“There is still a pressure to be the one that initiates the conversation, there is always that awkward thing in a restaurant when it is time to pay… It’s that caveman, hunter gatherer type thing.”
Iain joined Marvin Humes, Ronan Keating and Roman Kemp on an all-male version of ‘Loose Women’ this week, which was part of the programme’s ‘Stand By Your Men’ initiative, in turn part of the ‘Lighten the Load’ mental health campaign.
Asked by Marvin if he’d mind Laura popping the question, he explained: “It’s funny you should say that. I should immediately go, ‘That would be brilliant’.
“But again, there is an initial reaction as a man of like, ‘No’ but then I think it would be great, as long as she wanted to do that and it wasn’t her going, ‘Will you hurry this up please?’
“I think it’s whatever works for you as a couple.”
Meanwhile, Marvin – who is married to Rochelle Humes – admitted “it completely threw him” when he was asked out on a date 13 years ago.
He added: “It’s the first time it has ever happened to me and it completely threw me.
“I am quite old school in thinking it should be me chasing, me sort of pushing for a date. I didn’t know how to react to it. I was like, ‘Where do we go? Should I pay?’ “
However, Ronan revealed his wife Storm refused to let him pay on their first date, and radio DJ Roman insisted also he wouldn’t be phased by a girl making the first move.
He explained: “That hasn’t actually happened yet – but I have grown up with my mum and sister, very strong, confident women.
“I have learnt from their behaviours, if you look at dating apps like Bumble, that encourages women to make the first move.
“I think there is something a little bit sexy about it, it’s that confidence that you enjoy.”