Laura Whitmore hits back at trolls as she opens up about deleting Instagramby Tamara Davison, https://www.mirror.co.uk/authors/tamara-davison/
Laura Whitmore has opened up about deleting her Instagram account as she reflected on the pressures of social media.
The 35-year-old television star, who started presenting Love Island this year, admitted that she spent too much time on her phone particularly at the start of the lockdown.
Speaking to OK! Magazine, the blonde bombshell revealed that she went as far as deleting Instagram so she could take a break from the online world.
She has also learned not to be so hard on herself as she hit back at trolls who had been critical on social media.
Laura revealed to the publication that her use of social media all came down to balance.
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"I was on [social media] a lot but I guess that was my connection to the outside world so I didn’t want to be too hard on myself," she said.
"But it is nice every now and again to take a day off. It’s crazy how much of a routine it is.
"I was on a break recently and found myself logging on to Instagram in the morning out of habit. I had to delete it in the end to ensure I stayed off. It’s a balancing act."
During her interview, Laura also revealed that she was glad social media didn't exist when she was younger.
"I’m so grateful social media wasn’t around when I was a teenager.
She added: "When I first started on MTV, it was easier because if someone didn’t like me they just didn’t like me.
"I didn’t have to read about it all over Twitter. It meant I could really enjoy the start of my career without worrying what other people thought.
As for trolls, she said: "There’s a lot of anger in the world at other people. But if someone is a d**k, you can’t stop them but you can change how you respond to them. "
While Laura is back on social media, the television star is much more mindful of her online use.
Just over a week ago, the presenter also joined a host of celebrities that went offline for the whole day in a bid to raise awareness for mental health.
At the time, she shared a picture of her hand with the word 'off' written on it.
"Well done @iamwholeuk I support a day of switching off for my own mental health. Tomorrow Saturday 5th September I’m taking a day off online. #iamwhole#digitaldetoxday," she wrote in the caption.
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