And Laura Whitmore, 34, stayed in touch with Iain over FaceTime after a whirlwind few weeks, as she relaxed at home in her native Ireland.
The beauty took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a snap of her chatting with her Scottish beau as he spent Christmas at home with his own family.
Festive FaceTime: Laura Whitmore, 34, stayed in touch with boyfriend Iain Stirling over FaceTime on Christmas Day
The TV and radio presenter looked very festive as she pouted while wearing a Santa hat with snowman-themed pyjamas.
She was almost in the Christmas tree as she posed amongst the baubles as Iain smiled widely on the other end of the call.
Laura also shared a series of snaps to her Instagram stories, detailing the fun she’s been having in Dublin.
The festive fun comes after she was announced as Caroline Flack’s replacement on the ITV show.
Love: The beauty took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a snap of her chatting with her Scottish beau as he enjoyed Christmas at home with his family
Following Caroline’s arrest and charge for assault after a fight with her boyfriend Lewis Burton, 27, last Thursday, the star, 40, announced earlier that she was set to step down as presenter for the sixth season of the show.
On Friday morning, Laura was announced as host, with the Irish star, 34, taking to both social media and releasing an official statement to confirm the news, which was revealed exclusively by MailOnline last Wednesday.
Laura shared a snap on Instagram of a water bottle adorned with her name – one of the hallmarks of the show and a prop given to all contestants.
Referencing both her friendship with Caroline and the host’s efforts to get her the job, Laura said in her statement: ‘To say I’m excited to be heading to Cape Town to host Love Island, the biggest show on television, is an understatement…
Family: Laura also shared a series of snaps to her Instagram stories, detailing the fun she’s been having in Dublin while Iain relaxed with his clan at home in Scotland
‘I want to thank ITV for trusting me at the helm of this huge show. I wish it was in better circumstances; Caroline is a brilliant host and also a friend.
‘We’ve spoken a lot in the last few days since she stepped down. She has been very kind to me and strongly pushed me for this role. I’ve watched her host every series and know I have big boots to fill. I will try and do it justice…
‘Above all, I am a massive fan of this show. I’ve never been to a Love Island villa, and I can’t wait to get in there to meet all the new Islanders looking for love.’
‘The Love Island team are the best in the business… including the voice and heart of the show, Iain. He thought he was getting a holiday away from me… not a chance!’
Drama: Caroline Flack, 40, stepped down as Love Island host after she was charged with assaulting her boyfriend, Lewis Burton, 27, after an altercation at her London home
She also spoke on her 5 Live radio show on Sunday about her ‘new job’.
‘I’ve got a new job!’ Laura said on the air, as she played the Love Island theme tune, which she admitted ‘excites’ her now, but will likely cause her to feel ‘terror’ closer to the show’s transmission.
‘It starts very very soon,’ she went on. ‘I am in disbelief and shock. It doesn’t affect this radio show too much. I will be flying back and forth from South Africa, hosting [spin-off show] Aftersun on a Monday, live from London, and then doing this radio show on Sundays.’
Iain also congratulated his girlfriend as he shared a sweet snap of the pair with the added caption: ‘The new #loveisland host seems nice. I wonder if she’s single.’
Head of Digital Channels and Acquisitions, Paul Mortimer, said: ‘I’m delighted that Laura is able to step in this winter on ITV2’s biggest show.
‘She is the best person for the job and is a popular and experienced presenter of live television. Whilst Caroline is away, we know that Love Island will be in very safe hands.’
Woman of the hour: Laura spoke on her 5 Live radio show on Sunday about her ‘new job’
Happy days! Taking to both social media and in an official statement, the Irish star confirmed the news which MailOnline revealed exclusively on Wednesday
Open and honest: Shortly after the announcement, Caroline took to Instagram to pen: ‘I’m glad it’s Laura… She loves the show as much as I do… again’
Caroline has been rocked by scandal since last week when she was arrested and charged with assault after the argument with Lewis.
She has only been pictured out once in the week since she was arrested, seen just outside the Soho hotel in London with her PR Nathan Charles.
The channel has cut her from the Love Island promo ads which she filmed ahead of the show’s confirmed start date on January 12.
Meanwhile, Caroline’s romance with tennis player and model Lewis, appears to have been patched up.
He took to Instagram Stories to call her ‘loyal and kind’ and shared various pictures of her on social media along with a love heart. It’s unclear if Caroline has been able to have contact with Lewis or if her bail conditions dictate otherwise.