They both stayed silent about the reason for their split at the time, but three years on Laura Whitmore has opened up about the heartbreak of parting ways with Danny O'Reilly.

Laura split from the Coronas frontman in 2012, and says the break-up was a "massive" shift in her life.

The pain of ending a two-year relationship wasn't helped by the fact that the Bray native was in Australia at the time, working on I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here.

"Break-ups are hard but I couldn’t even go out and get drunk with my girlfriends," she recalls. In the end, Laura's mum flew from Ireland to be with her on set.

Although Laura is still keeping tight-lipped about why things went sour wth her ex, she stresses that ending the relationship was the right thing to do.

"We broke up for a reason. I broke up with him for a reason." she tells The Mirror.

"I went through that massive break-up while I was doing live TV on the other side of the world.

"People could write about it, people could guess about it, and at the end of the day I was just a girl who was really hurt."

Back in May, a reconciliation seemed imminent when Laura and Danny were spotted kissing in London's Primrose Hill Park. But while the couple are definitely not an item these days, the presenter says they do remain on good terms.

"I’m actually good friends with Danny, shockingly. I actually got a text from him today.

"So, for me, there’s no bad feeling."

Back in July, the MTV star was pictured on holidays in Ibiza with Sunset Suns rocker Rory Williams, just weeks after being papped kissing him on a London street.

It's unclear whether the pair are still together, but either way Laura says being in the spotlight certainly doesn't help her with new relationships.

"It’s a bit s**t. You could be on a first date and it is awkward, and I’m a girl who is nervous and thinking, ‘Do I like this boy?, and suddenly everyone gets a picture and they write about it.

"You’re mortified because you’ve just met someone. You’re just a girl at the end of the day."