Maura Higgins’ ‘new footballer man’ revealed and WOW

And he's SO DIFFERENT to anyone we've seen her with before

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by Nathan Katnoria |

After splitting from Strictly hunk Giovanni Pernice just before Christmas last year, Maura Higgins has reportedly bagged herself another hunk in the shape of Milton Keynes Dons footballer Connor Wickham.

The pair are reportedly on holiday in Mykonos together with Maura sharing snaps on her social media. Just of herself though, Connor is nowhere to be seen. We think this is called 'soft-launching' your new boyfriend?

Maura, whose exes include her former co-stars Chris Taylor and Curtis Prichard, is said to be 'totally mad' about the sportsman, 29, after meeting him last month before they headed off to Paris together.

A source told The Sun, "Maura keeps her cards close to her chest but she seems totally mad on Connor.

"A good friend of hers put them in touch and they have been talking for some time.

"Connor and Maura went to Paris last month and it ended up being so romantic."

It's safe to say, Maura really doesn't have a type, as Connor doesn't look like anyone she's previously dated, which is probably a good thing, tbh.

The source added, "They made it official then and have now gone off on their first holiday together as a couple."

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Connor is a professional footballer who kicks a ball around for Milton Keynes ©Getty

While we eagerly watch Maura soft launch her reported new BF, here's everything else you need to know about her dating history...

What happened between Maura Higgins and Roman Kemp?

In February, Maura was linked to TV and radio host Roman Kemp earlier this year when reports claimed they were “all over each other” at a BRIT Awards after party .

However, any romance was quickly ruled out after the reality star and influencer told pals that she and Roman are just friends and there’s nothing romantic going on between them.

A source close to Maura told OK!, “They have worked together and she was on his show on January 19, but they are just friends - there is nothing romantic between them."

A representative for Roman also insisted there was no romance and added, “Roman and Maura are friends."

What happened with Maura Higgins and Curtis Pritchard?

Maura rose to fame on Love Island in the summer of 2019 (the best series, in our humble opinion) and we’ve been in love with her ever since she introduced her iconic “fanny flutters” catchphrase and her no f--ks given approach to bagging the man.

However her journey in the villa wasn’t entirely smooth sailing and it wasn’t until the end of the series that she realised Curtis Pritchard was the one for her.

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Maura rose to fame on Love Island in 2019 ©ITV

However, Maura revealed she’d sadly split from Curtis almost a year after they finished the show in fourth place.

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Maura Higgins' boyfriends: who is she dating?

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Before appearing on Love Island, Maura Higgins dated childhood sweetheart James Finnegan for nine years. Maura and James met at school in Ireland and got engaged in 2013 when the car salesman popped the question. The pair never got married though and their relationship fizzled out four years later as her modelling career took off.

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Maura set her sights on Tommy Fury as soon as she entered the Love Island villa even though he was happily coupled up with Molly-Mae Hague. Despite her best efforts ("Does she turn on you like I do?"), Maura just wasn't able to turn Tommy's head.

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Maura coupled up with late entrant Tom Walker after he joined Love Island two weeks into series five. Things were going well and then Tom went and put his foot in when he now infamously remarked, "It'll be interesting to see if she's all mouth," after winning a night in the hideaway with Maura. It might have spelled the end of their relationship but it also made for one of the most iconic Love Island moments of all time.

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After ending her romance with Tom, Maura coupled up with Marvin Brooks in Casa Amor. However, Maura realised she just wasn't that in to Marvin when they returned to the main villa and proceeded to dump him alongside her pal Lucie Donlan who chucked her man George Rains at the same time.

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In one of the most shocking moments in Love Island history, Maura confessed she fancied Curtis Pritchard after they'd spent weeks in the villa coupled up with other people. They became a proper item when they coupled up on day 46 and ended up finishing in fourth place. The pair went on to date after the show but Maura revealed they'd split in March 2020. Maura insisted things were "amicable" between her and Curtis at the time but the former couple made a number of digs at each other in the months after, with cheating accusations on both sides.

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Maura was spotted on a date with actor Bradley James - who you might recognise from BBC TV series Merlin - in October 2020, just months after splitting from Curtis. It appears their budding romance was derailed when the country went into lockdown though as she later said, "I am still single. I did get back into the dating scene, which was goodu2026 But now obviously we have hit lockdown so I'm not sure I'll be doing that again for a while. It's just not my time!"

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After months of speculation that their friendship had turned into something more romantic, Maura finally confirmed she was in a relationship with Love Island co-star and close pal Chris Taylor in November 2020. At the time, she posted a snap of them on holiday in Dubai on Instagram with the caption, "He's mine u2764ufe0f @christophertaylorofficial." Maura and Chris dated for almost six months but announced they'd split in a shock statement in May 2021. "It breaks my heart to even type this, but I wanted to let everyone know that myself and Chris have made the joint decision to end our relationship," Maura wrote at the time.

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Maura first sparked rumours of a romance with Strictly pro Giovanni Pernice in June 2020 when they both appeared to be enjoying a break at the same hotel in Cornwall before watching an England football match together. They confirmed their relationship a month later when a series of Instagram snaps. But although it looked like she was on to a good thing, reports claimed Gio had dumped Maura in October 2020 as he was too busy focusing on Strictly. The dancer confirmed they'd split in a statement which read, "Great relationships with great people can come to a natural end. This has been the case for me recently. There was absolutely no wrongdoing and this should be the end of any speculation."

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In February 2022, Maura was linked to DJ and TV presenter Roman Kemp after they were spotted "glued" to each other at a BRITs afterparty. A source told The Sun at the time, "They were dancing together and laughing a lot, they seemed to be glued to each other's sides all night."However, Roman's people said that they are "just friends".

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In June 2022, reports emerged that Maura had been dating Milton Keynes Dons footballer Connor Wickham and the pair had even enjoyed a holiday together to Greece.

What happened with Maura Higgins and Giovanni Pernice?

Maura’s most recent relationship was with Strictly professional dancer Giovanni Pernice who she confirmed she was dating in July 2021 after weeks of rumours about their relationship.

But although we had high hopes for the genetically blessed pair, it was reported in October that Giovanni had ended their relationship after just a few months due to his busy schedule on the BBC One show.

Giovanni confirmed the end of his romance with Maura in a statement. He told fans, “Firstly, great relationships with great people can come to a natural end. This has been the case for me recently. There was absolutely no wrongdoing and this should be the end of any speculation. Whilst I respect and understand interest in my personal life, wouldn’t it be fantastic to instead use this space to raise awareness of subjects and issues which need the attention.”

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Following her split from Gio, Maura switched up her look with a hair transformation and jetted off for a girls’ getaway with fellow Islander Lucie Donlan.

It’s onwards and upwards for the Irish star, who recently teased “new beginnings” after inking a deal with a major modelling agency.

We can’t wait to see what’s next to come for her.

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