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girls’ nights in the dressing rooms where she, Louise Redknapp, Lesley Joseph and co raid Daisy Lowe’s snack drawer (‘She has crisps, chocolate and all sorts of goodies’) and tells me how she had to ask a member of the costume department to go to the bathroom with her minutes before the first show was recorded.‘One of my worries was that the costumes would slip off. As we talk, Laura pulls her denim jacket around herself protectively.
She bites her lower lip and there is unmistakable anxiety in her pale blue eyes.
(Georgia’s own love affair with the professional dancer began when he swept her off her feet – and into the finals – during last year’s Strictly.) Love Triangle’ and, despite a supportive tweet from Georgia to her 300,000 or so Twitter followers (‘Please don’t believe the c*** you read.
[Laura’s] a beautiful person’), speculation is rife of a new curse (Georgia’s split) and a new Strictly romance (for Laura). I had a panic because I needed to go to the loo and had to ask one of the ladies to come with me to loosen my dress.’But it is clear something is amiss.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick have been the subject of much gossip recently, with sports fans attempting to read the tea leaves to figure out if the two are indeed dating.
There has been speculation about the two being a couple over the past few weeks, with Patrick having broken up with former boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr. The dating rumors are now really heating up, with the two having been seen dining together on Saturday night.
We climbed over the O2 building and then had a drink and it was brilliant fun. But everything gets blown out of all proportion.’Much of the reason for Laura’s discomfort lies in her Irish background as the only child of her single mother Carmel; her convent-school education and upbringing in the tiny town of Bray, County Wicklow. She wanted me to be strong and independent and to challenge myself.
I’ve got to ignore all the stories and just be myself with Giovanni, but it hasn’t been easy.’As for the story about her friend Georgia May unfollowing her, she shrugs. I was incredibly shy when I was young, so she took me to drama classes to push me out of myself. After that I’d always make myself do things that scared me.’At the age of 23, Laura was hurled full throttle from student life at Dublin City University into a career as a television rock chick when she beat 3,000 other contestants in a joint MTV/Myspace competition (Pick Me MTV) to become a TV presenter.
In the past, Laura made a decision not to comment on speculation about her love life but now she has had enough. Having split in March from her boyfriend of eight months, Sunset Sons rocker Rory Williams, she says: ‘Break-ups are hard. When my friends go through a split I feel their pain, too.
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Even before any celebrity feet had hit the floor on this year’s show, it was Laura who made the news when it was announced that she had been partnered with the sloe-eyed Sicilian Giovanni Pernice – who happens to be the very recent ex of one of her best friends, the actress Georgia May Foote.
For Laura, who had a degree in journalism, it was, as she says, ‘a surreal daydream come true.
The day after I left university I was on a plane to Los Angeles, on my way to cover the MTV Video Music Awards.