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'I'd be surprised if Laura proposed to me', says partner Iain

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Comedian Iain Stirling

Comedian Iain Stirling

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Comedian Iain Stirling

Iain Stirling has admitted he would be surprised if girlfriend Laura Whitmore proposed to him.

The Scottish comedian (32) said he knew he should view her making the move as "brilliant" but said "old habits die hard".

Stirling, who narrates Love Island, has been in a relationship with the show's main presenter Whitmore (35) for three years.

He spoke during Loose Women's first all-male panel to mark International Men's Day, where he was joined by JLS star Marvin Humes, radio presenter Roman Kemp and singer Ronan Keating.

Asked by Humes how he would feel if Whitmore proposed to him, he said: "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."

Pressure

As the panel discussed whether men were still expected to make the first move, Stirling said that "old habits die hard".

"There is still a pressure to be the one that initiates the conversation," he said.

"There is always that awkward thing in a restaurant when it is time to pay. It's that caveman, hunter-gatherer type thing."

Meanwhile, Ronan Keating (43) said he sees a therapist when he is feeling "fragile" and opened up about his mental health struggles on the show.

"It's easy to just ignore it and move away from it. Live your own life. But it's there in black and white," the former Boyzone star said.

"Our generation, we can be at the forefront and make the change and not be scared to speak about it.

"We have young kids in our household and to be able to be more open about it and tell your kids you love them.

"My parents, my dad in particular, he came from a generation where he found it hard to say he loved us.

"But we have very much changed. Please God, today we can be big enough to be able to speak about it in the household."


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