Maura Higgins pictured snogging TOWIE legend and OMG

They would make a gorge couple 🔥


by Nathan Katnoria |

There's nothing we love more than when two of our favourite reality stars from rival shows hook up and start a love story to rival Romeo & Juliet. We're talking Ferne McCann and Jordan Hames, Vicky Pattinson and Spencer Matthews and Georgia Steel and Callum Izzard, to name but a few.

Now it seems like there could be another cross-TV romance on the cards as Love Island 2019 star Maura Higgins has been caught on camera snogging TOWIE legend Joey Essex.

Maura and Joey were seen locking lips at last night's Pride of Britain Awards in pictures obtained by The Sun before they hopped in a taxi and left the venue together looking rather pleased with themselves.

Neither Maura nor Joey have spoken out about the kiss yet, but we're already obsessed with the idea of this new reality TV power couple.

Maura spoke out about her relationship status back in June, just a few weeks after she was linked to footballer Connor Wickham.

The pair reportedly enjoyed a romantic holiday to Mykonos, with the Love Island star posting a number of snaps from the trip (although Connor was nowhere to be seen).

However, it appears Maura and Connor split soon after as she insisted she “couldn’t be more single” a month after their Greek getaway.

Maura made the revelation on Instagram while taking part in a Q&A with her followers, when one asked, “Are you single??”

“This question just never stops coming up. Every single Q&A that I do, ‘Are you single? Are you dating? Have you a bae?’,” she responded.

“Yes! I’m single! I’m very single. I couldn’t be any more f-cking single. I might as well go on Love Island again.”

We’d be VERY here for that, tbh.

Maura back on Love Island? Yes please. ©Getty

Connor was the first famous face Maura was linked to following her split from Strictly dance pro Giovanni Pernice just before Christmas 2021.

Let's take a look back at Maura's exes from Chris Taylor to Curtis Prichard.

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 a 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.

CHECK OUT Maura Higgins' boyfriends: who is she dating?


Maura Higgins' boyfriends: who is she dating?

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CREDIT: Instagram/Maura Higgins

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 into 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 good… 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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CREDIT: Instagram/Maura Higgins

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 @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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CREDIT: Instagram/Maura Higgins

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.

However, the Irish reality star confirmed she was single just weeks later.

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Maura was pictured kissing TOWIE icon Joey Essex at the Pride of Britain Awards in October 2022. At the time of writing, neither Maura nor Joey has spoken out about their snog.

What happened with Maura Higgins and Giovanni Pernice?

Maura confirmed she was dating Strictly professional dancer Giovanni Pernice 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.”

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.

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