The Love Island ‘voice’ talks about fear of failure, the challenges of millennial life and why watching other people’s relationships is so compelling.

No sooner is he back from his two-month foray in Majorca, the quick-witted voice of Love Island, Iain Stirling, is straight into publicising his first book, Not Ready To Adult Yet, a light-hearted guide to millennial life.

But, after being involved in the biggest reality series of this year, is it an anti-climax to be back home?

"No, I think it’s the opposite," the genial Scotsman reflects.

"I’ve just spent forever in a little booth in a German tourist resort in Majorca. It’s nice to have home comforts. I can go to a coffee shop, I can have a curry. I can have all the things I miss."

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The 30-year-old comedian and children’s TV presenter agrees that it’s been quite difficult to get back to normal life following his two months away – although he’s glad to be back home with his girlfriend, and TV presenter, Laura Whitmore.

"There’s a weird adjustment. I keep thinking everyone’s driving on the wrong side of the road. That’s what stresses me out mainly," he quips.

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The Love Island effect
There’s no question that the hit reality show has made a big difference to his life, he agrees.

"I wouldn’t have a book out if it wasn’t for Love Island," Stirling notes. "I’ve got a wider audience, which hopefully I can cultivate and give them something that they want."

He acknowledges his raised profile will help shift more tickets for his U OK Hun? stand-up tour too, which continues in September.

But that’s not to say he hasn’t grafted to reach this point. Stirling recalls how, in the early days, he’d sometimes perform gigs to just a handful of people, and there was very little money in it ("You do it because you need to," he reflects).

"I know I’ll sell more tickets because of Love Island, which has been a platform for who I am. But the ideal is that I will be good enough that people will enjoy it and come again. That’s the challenge," he ponders. "When I started the tour, pre-Love Island going mad, it was in rooms above pubs, so it’s quite nice to take it into proper space and see how it runs."

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Addictive TV
Whether or not you were personally obsessed with Love Island, most people will be aware how gripped fans were. Its winning formula is no mystery to Stirling; being the voice of Love Island has taught him there’s nothing more captivating than relationships, he reveals.

"There is something mesmerising about watching two people fall in love. Like a car crash, but with more French kissing," he writes.

And there’s nothing more comforting than watching a couple have a "total barney", he adds, without you being involved in it whatsoever. Yet, he’s remaining tight-lipped about his own relationship.

"I don’t like talking about the stuff with Laura – that’s a part of my life I like to keep private," says the comic, who’s been dating Whitmore for over a year.

They do post quite a lot on social media, however, but the only mention of Whitmore in Stirling’s book is a heartfelt acknowledgement at the end, thanking her for all her support while he was writing it: "I hope I make you as happy as you make me. I love you."

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Fear of failure
The book explores whether millennials really are self-obsessed, work-shy, mollycoddled egomaniacs, or just a misunderstood generation that can’t grow up.

Stirling, who gained a law degree at Edinburgh University before pursuing his comedy career, writes about his generation’s fear of failure – something he has experienced.

"I fear failure hugely, all the time. When I was in my early 20's and in children’s television (he was a CBBC presenter), which was going quite well, and had a reasonable income and a nice life in London, I would still look at other friends who were comedians and think, ‘Why am I not doing a comedy panel show?’, or, ‘Why am I not doing that tour?’, or, ‘ Why can’t I get people to come and see me live?’

"There was definitely that idea of comparison. Your life has this weird external factor to it, where you are feeling constantly judged. We’ve put this on ourselves."

While he enjoyed success on children’s TV, he still views his inability to enjoy the moment as his biggest failure.

"When I was in kids’ TV, I should have realised how well it was going and basked in it. Instead, I was just constantly trying to trade up and do something more and something better. My whole aim was to do kids’ TV so I could move to London and be a stand-up comedian. My biggest failure is wasting a lot of time thinking I was failing."

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Will he return to Love Island?
So if there’s more Love Island in the pipeline, would Stirling want to be on board? He’s waiting for the call, but if asked, he’s poised and ready…

"I’m hoping it comes back and if it does," says Stirling, "I’m there!"