Following Love Island star Maura Higgins’ shock split with boyfriend Curtis Pritchard, it’s been claimed that her relationship with Dancing On Ice partner Alexander Demetriou could have sparked the breakup after a series of rows.
According to new reports, Maura and Alexander have grown “increasingly close” in recent weeks which has caused concern for his wife Carlotta Edwards, who believed he “had his head turned” by Maura and led to her relationship with The Greatest Dancer’s Curtis hitting the rocks.
A source told The Sun, “Maura spent hours and hours with Alex in rehearsals for weeks and they have got really close.
“They have grown very friendly and it’s not gone unnoticed with the rest of the cast and crew — or Carlotta.
“She is furious about their increasingly cosy relationship which has continued despite Maura being knocked out of the competition. There are clearly some feelings there which Maura can’t help.”
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Maura released a statement on Instagram earlier this week to announce she had split from Curtis.
She told fans, "Curtis and I have made the decision to separate. We enjoyed a great experience from our time in the villa and want to thank everyone for supporting our relationship.
"There is no easy way to get through a breakup and no bad feeling on either side. We tried to make it work but it wasn't to be and I wish Curtis nothing but the best for the future."
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It’s since been claimed that Maura and Curtis faked their relationship for three months amid pressure to stay together for work commitments, something a representative for Curtis denies.
“Maura felt pressured to stick with him. They had booked jobs together, parties they had to attend. When they met in Love Island it was genuine. But when the showbiz treadmill started on the outside, it was a sham,” a source told The Sun.
But a representative for Curtis slammed the report as "totally untrue".
They told us, "They didn’t fake their romance. This is all speculation with no evidence."
Maura's representatives have been contacted for comment.