There have been countless Love Island contestants over the decade it has graced our TV screens but it's fair to say that Maura Higgins is a fan favourite.
The Irish Islander entered the villa as a bombshell during Love Island 2019 and caused quite a stir with her brutal honesty, flirty antics and most surprising of all - her confession that she fancied Curtis Pritchard.
Since the show ended all those years ago Maura has gone on to become one of the most successful contestants and is now working over in the states on Love Island USA as a social media ambassador for the new series.
Who is Maura Higgins?
Maura is a reality star who first found fame on the 2019 series of ITV2 dating show Love Island. She's since fronted her own one-off show Maura Higgins: You're Joking Me! and appeared on the 2019 series of Dancing On Ice, as well as a hosting role on This Morning.
Outside of her TV career, Maura has launched a make-up collection with Inglot and fanny flutters pyjamas with Ann Summers.
Before appearing on Love Island, Maura worked as a model and grid girl.
Are Maura Higgins and Lucie Donlan still friends?
There is no secrets that Maura's Love Island bestie is Molly-Mae Hague, the duo continued their friendship outside of the villa and Maura recently spend some time with Molly and baby Bambi.
But during her time on Love Island, Maura was also closer to surfer Lucie Donlan.
However, Maura sparked rumours she's fallen out with one of her villa besties after eagle-eyed fans noticed that she's unfollowed Lucie on Instagram.
A quick glimpse at Maura's Instagram profile shows that she no longer follows Lucie, but she does follow Lucie's fiancé Luke Mabbott. Both Lucie and Luke still follow Maura.
While it's not clear why Maura has unfollowed Lucie, fans on Reddit think they may have sussed out the real reason - with some suggesting that Molly-Mae's recent pregnancy announcement may have driven a wedge between them.
"The two used to be very close, even going on holiday to the Maldives for Maura’s birthday this year. Rumours are they have fallen out due to Molly Mae’s pregnancy (as Lucie and Molly do not like each other, while Maura and Molly are super close), but that seems strange," wrote one.
Another added, "Maybe Lucie feels slighted that Maura kept it from her and said something or reacted to the news in a way Maura didn't like, esp seeing Lucie still follows her."
Others claimed that the pair might have fallen out when Lucie signed to Maura's old management, noting that they seemed to start drifting apart around the same time.
Maura's representatives have been contacted for comment.
Maura's close friendship with Lucie dates back to their time in the villa, but they remained pals long after Love Island. Maura even credited Lucie for helping her get over her split from Chris Taylor in an emotional Instagram post as she shared a picture of a bouquet of flowers and a card - which read, "I love you to the moon and back" - that Lucie had sent her in the wake of the break-up.
Maura captioned the post, "I really do have the most amazing friends 🥺. Thank you so much @lucierosedonlan you are truly amazing 🤍.”
How old is Maura Higgins?
Maura's birthday is 25 November 1990, so she's currently 32 years of age.
Where is Maura Higgins from?
She's originally from County Longford in Ireland but now lives in Essex.
When was Maura Higgins on Love Island?
Meme-worthy Maura is without a doubt one of the most unforgettable stars to come out of Love Island and made for fabulous telly.
From cursing BFF Molly for spilling wine when she fell down the steps to confronting Tom Walker for his inappropriate comments, Maura always had something to stay and was guaranteed to bring the humour.
Maura finished in fourth place alongside her now ex-boyfriend Curtis.
What happened with Maura Higgins and Curtis Pritchard?
They were one of Love Island 2019's longest-running couples, but sadly Maura and Curtis' love story came to an end in March 2020 when she announced they'd split.
At the time, Maura 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."
Did Maura Higgins cheat on Curtis Pritchard?
After she and Chris made their relationship public, Maura's ex Curtis accused her of cheating during his controversial stand up comedy routine for Channel 4 show Stand Up and Deliver.
In his performance, Curtis said he likes to drink smooth whiskey and joked, "It’s trusting, the flavour will never cheat on you… unlike my ex-girlfriend.”
Maura has always denied cheating on Curtis and has previously accused him of cheating himself.
Who is Maura Higgins dating?
Maura and Chris became friends after meeting in the Love Island villa and were heavily rumoured to be romantically involved following her split from Curtis. The pair had insisted they were just friends but finally confirmed their relationship with some major PDA on Instagram.
Alongside a snap of them kissing, Maura wrote, "He’s mine ❤️ @christophertaylorofficial."
Chris followed suit and captioned his post, "Turns out I fell in love with my best mate @maurahiggins ♥️."
Although we had high hopes for them, Maura and Chris' relationship just wasn't meant to be and they announced their split in May 2021.
The icon is currently loved up with Bobby Holland Hanton.
Why did Maura Higgins and Chris Taylor split?
Maura confirmed she had split from Chris in a candid statement as she admitted they were better as friends.
She wrote, "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. There is no wrongdoing on either side… we still love, care and respect each other deeply. From the minute we met each other we’ve been very close friends and that will never change.
"There is no regret. Life is about taking chances. We wanted to make this work but we have realised we work better being friends. Whilst I appreciate people may speculate or creates false stories, this is the truth."
Chris echoed Maura's sentiment in his own statement. He told fans, "Hey guys. After some very heart felt conversations over the past few days, myself & Maura have decided to part ways.
"We are both still on very good terms and this was a mutual decision where nobody had done anything wrong. We will remain friends, as we have been since day 1 and I will always be in Maura's corner and have her back."
Were Maura Higgins and Chris Taylor engaged?
Maura and Chris were never actually engaged but did discuss marriage, less than a year after becoming an item. They teased the idea of getting married this year while taking part in an Instagram Q&A back in January.
When one of her followers asked, “When are you getting married?”, Maura let her boyfriend answer the question as she turned the camera towards a surprised Chris and asked, “When are we getting married, Chris?”, to which he replied, “Oh God… erm, next year?”
Maura asked, “Like, as in this year?" before Chris quickly cleared up, “No, next year”.
It seems the 30 year old wasn’t happy with the answer though as she moaned, “That’s ages”, to which Chris replied, “Ok, this year” as she giggled into the camera.
How far did Maura Higgins go on Dancing on Ice?
After weeks of rumours, ITV bosses confirmed on Tuesday 24 September that Maura would be taking part in Dancing On Ice in 2020.
Maura said, "I've skated once in my life for fun, so I've no experience at all. I'm up for the challenge. I'm more excited than scared. I'm competitive so I think that will drive me."
She later posted on Instagram, "Cats out of the bag!!! I’m joining the cast of this years @dancingonice 🙌🏼 and wow... I just can not contain my excitement 😆⛸".
Maura was partnered with professional skater Alexander Demetriou and made it all the way to week seven before being eliminated in a skate-off against Team GB Paralympian Libby Clegg.
What's Maura's make-up brand?
Maura first teased her make-up collection in February but it wasn't actually released until July 2020.
The reality star launched a 34-product collection with Inglot, who had previously worked with the likes of Jennifer Lopez.
"When Inglot approached me to collaborate with them, I didn’t even have to think about it! I literally can’t believe this is happening! I’ve worn Inglot for years and now there’s over 30 products with my name on them – it’s a dream come true," Maura said at the time.
"I’ve handpicked some of my favourite Inglot products for this collection – some of the classics that I’ve used over the years, which I absolutely love still to this day. I’ve also created some amazing new products with Inglot – they are incredible, and I know you’re all going to love them!"
Does Maura Higgins have Instagram?
Yep she can be found Instagram on @maurahiggins.
CHECK OUT: the biggest OMG moments on Love Island 2019
Love Island 2019 most memorable moments
TOMMY STOLE LUCIE FROM JOE
After surfer girl Lucie coupled up with Joe on the first episode of the series, things seemed to get off to a good start... before Tommy entered hours later.Tommy chose to couple up with Lucie, stealing her from poor Joe. He said in the Beach Hut, "At the moment the girl I want to pursue is going to be Lucie. She's a surfer, she goes to the gym. Her body is banging. She has beautiful eyes, a beautiful face, beautiful everything."
ANTON GETTING PIED
At the start of the series, poor old Anton just couldn't get a break! The Scottish hunk was put in the friend-zone by a number of girls, including Lucie, Amy and Elma.
SHERIF WAS REMOVED FROM THE VILLA
In one of the biggest shocks of the series, Sherif was removed from the Love Island villa for 'breaking the rules'.After days of rumours as to why he was removed, Sherif revealed he'd kicked Molly-Mae in the groin during a play fight, before using inappropriate language in a joke.
MOLLY-MAE ENTERED THE VILLA
20-year-old Molly-Mae was the first bombshell to enter the villa, and she quickly made an impression with the boys.
JOE WAS ACCUSED OF 'CONTROLLING' LUCIE
Despite coupling up with Joe instead of Tommy, surfer chick Lucie remained friends with the boxer and struggled to create any relationships with the other girls.After giving Lucie some advice, Joe was accused by both viewers and domestic abuse charity Women's Aid of 'controlling' her.
LUCIE DIDN'T LEAVE WITH JOE
Despite admitting she was really into Joe, Lucie shocked fans when she chose to remain in the villa when Joe was brutally dumped. Joe did tell her to stay, admitting she should enjoy her Love Island experience.
Stunning model Arabella Chi certainly turned some heads when she made her entrance into the Love Island villa in a bikini. Entering the garden whilst the rest of the villa were sleeping, Arabella was chilling in the sun when the Islanders discovered they had a new arrival.
DANNY DUMPED YEWANDE FOR ARABELLA
Despite telling Yewande his head would never be turned, Danny chose to couple up with Arabella, in turn sending the Irish scientist packing.
THAT KISS BETWEEN DANNY AND YEWANDE
Just hours after he dumped Yewande, much to the annoyance of the rest of the villa, Danny kissed Arabella on the garden swing. Yewande's close friends Amber, Anna and Molly-Mae weren't happy with Danny's' actions, laying into him in a heated argument.
TOM PUTTING HIS FOOT IN IT WITH MAURA
After going in for a kiss and showing Maura his confidence, things seemed to be going VERY well for Tom. Things then got even better when Maura won the task, meaning she was able to take one boy of her choice into The Hideaway, obviously choosing Tom.However, the Leeds lad quickly put his foot in it, which resulted in Maura telling him to "go f--k yourself."Whilst Maura was getting ready with the girls, speaking to Danny Williams, Tommy Fury and the rest of the lads, Tom said, "It will be interesting to see if she's all mouth or not."Little did he know, Maura had come downstairs to speak with him, and heard the whole thing! AWKWARD! ud83dude48
This year's Casa Amor was probably the most dramatic in Love Island history! As the girls headed off to the second villa for the first time in the show's history, a number of heads turned, including Anna, Curtis and Michael!
CURTIS GOT HIS HEAD TURNED BY JOURDAN
Whilst Amy was over at Casa Amor sleeping on the outdoor bed, Curtis' head turned for new girl Jourdan Riane.After making the model aware of his feelings, Jourdan turned the dancer down, admitting she didn't want to come between him and Amy.
AMBER WAS MUGGED OFF BY MICHAEL
After staying LOYAL to Michael whilst she was at Casa Amor, poor Amber returned to the main villa to discover he'd coupled up with new girl Joanna.When Michael told Amber he felt like he hadn't been 'himself', the villa erupted!
MOLLY-MAE AND TOMMY WERE REUNITED
Molly-Mae (and the rest of the Islanders) were left in floods of tears during the dramatic Casa Amor recoupling, when she was reunited with Tommy and Ellie-Belly.
OVIE, ANNA AND JORDAN'S LOVE TRIANGLE
Anna forgot all about Jordan when she headed over to Casa Amor and met 6ft 7in basketball player Ovie! However, when she returned to the main villa to find Jordan had remained loyal, her feelings started to come back for the model.Jordan continued to pursue Anna, and his charm worked, with the pharmacist choosing to couple up with him at the next recoupling.
ANNA AND JOANNA'S AWKWARD LUNCH DATE
After Michael chose to couple up with Joanna and dump Geordie girl Amber, the girls were sent on a lunch date to get to know each other.Things got off to a VERY awkward start though, when both of them sat in silence.
When Curtis revealed to Amy his doubts about their relationship, Amy spoke to Jourdan and created a list of things to ask the dancer. Going through them during their serious chat, viewers were left in hysterics.
CRAIG DAVID ENTERED THE VILLA
Pop star Craig David entered the Love Island villa as part of the Islanders' Ministry Of Sound party, performing his new single 'You Know What Love Is'.
CURTIS AND AMY SPLIT
Despite Amy telling Curtis she 'loved him' and would consider giving him a second chance, the dancer was honest and revealed he couldn't promise his head wouldn't get turned again, leaving poor Amy heartbroken.
BELLE SHAVED ANTON'S BUM
Anton previously admitted he gets his mum to shave his bum, so whilst he's been away from home in the villa, love interest Belle was more than happy to take over!
MAURA AND LUCIE'S DOUBLE DUMPING
Despite Maura coupling up with Marvin, and Lucie coupling up with George over at Casa Amor, the girls realised they just weren't into their boys. Instead of taking Marvin and George to one side and letting them down nicely, the girls chose to dump the boys TOGETHER!
MAURA ADMITTED HER FEELINGS FOR CURTIS
Following his split with Amy, Irish beauty left the nation in shock when she expressed she was into Curtis. Taking him for a chat, Maura looked nervous as she told the dancer what she thinks of him.
MOLLY-MAE AND TOMMY WENT OFFICIAL
The cutest couple in the villa, Molly-Mae and Tommy, made their romance official when Tommy asked the model to be his girlfriend.With the help of BFF Curtis, and Molly-Mae's teddy, Tommy created a cute little letter and told her, "On a serious note, you know how much you mean to me and you're the only girl for me. I only want to be with you. Therefore, I was wondering if you wanted to be my girlfriend?"
AMY QUIT THE VILLA
Following her heartbreak over Curtis, Amy made the tough decision to leave the Love Island villa, leaving the nation in tears. She told Curtis, "I came in here and I thought I was going to meet some nice people and I'd probably date one of them and they'd be alright and then I met you and you completely turned my whole world around… We made each other happy… I want us to be best, best friends but we both need to move on and we both need to find someone that is going to make us as happy as we make them. Realistically for me, I'm not going to be ready in the next three weeks to meet someone else. "Realistically for you, you will not be happy all the time here because you'll always put me first because you're such a good person. That's why I love you so much and that's why I want you to be happy. You are not going to be happy whilst I'm still here. So, I'm leaving today but it's a positive thing because I'm going to go and start the rest of my life today… I'm going to let you go and you pursue whoever it is you want to pursue and hope that you find whatever you are looking for. "Once this is all done we will have the best friendship you have ever seen in your life."
MAURA AND CURTIS LOCKED LIPS
Following Amy's departure, Maura made her move on Curtis in the dance challenge. Planting a kiss on him, Maura sent Curtis' heart rate soaring.He later repaid the favour during his dance, picking the Irish girl up and giving her a kiss.
AMBER BROKE DOWN OVER HER FEELINGS FOR MICHAEL
Despite getting pied by Michael, poor old Amber couldn't shake off her feelings for the fireman, breaking down to the girls.
TOMMY AND MOLLY-MAE DROPPED THE 'L' WORD
After making things official, Tommy and Molly-Mae dropped the 'L' word whilst cuddling in bed! Aww!
CURTIS' ICONIC DANCE
During this year's dance challenge, viewers were left in hysterics when Curtis showed of his AMAZING dance skills.A moment that will go down in Love Island history!
FRANCESCA STOLE CURTIS FROM MAURA
After Amy left the villa, single boy Curtis caught the eye of not only Maura, but new girl Francesca.During the recoupling, Francesca was the first girl to chose, coupling up with Curtis, despite the fact Maura had made her feelings very clear.
ANTON GAVE HIS NUMBER TO THE SHOP ASSISTANT
Despite being coupled up with Belle, Anton couldn't resist a cheeky flirt with the shop keeper when the boys went out food shopping.
JOANNA AND MICHAEL WERE SPLIT UP IN SHOCK DUMPING
After Caroline Flack announced that the Islanders had to send either Joanna or Michael home, they collectively chose Joanna, meaning the couple were split up.
MICHAEL DIDN'T LEAVE WITH JOANNA
Despite many viewers thinking Michael would quit the show following Joanna's dumping, the fireman shocked everybody by staying in the villa.Clearly not impressed, Joanna fumed, "If you found what you want then you better leave mate. But you clearly aren't so you're a f---ing snake."
MICHAEL TOLD AMBER TO "SIT DOWN
After admitting her feelings for him, Michael decided to end things with Amber completely, and left viewers fuming when he told the Geordie girl to "sit down", with many saying he spoke to her 'like a dog'.
CURTIS CHOSE MAURA OVER FRANCESCA
Despite being coupled up with Francesca, Curtis made it clear he was open to getting to know both her and Maura. After making his mind up, the ballroom dancer chose Maura, putting Francesca in the friend-zone.
HARLEY, GREG AND INDIA ENTERED THE VILLA
With just two weeks to go, Love Island bosses put three new bombshells into the villa to cause some drama, in the form of Harley Brash, Greg O'Shea and India Reynolds.
MICHAEL TRIED TO WIN AMBER BACK
After Greg entered and cracked on with Amber, Michael decided to tell the Geordie girl that he did still have feelings for her, despite dumping her for Joanna earlier in the series.
AMBER COUPLED UP WITH GREG INSTEAD OF MICHAEL
Admitting it was the 'toughest decision' of her time in the villa, Amber chose to couple up with new boy Greg, instead of giving Michael another chance.
ANNA AND JORDAN WENT OFFICIAL
Anna and Jordan were the second couple of the series to make things official! Jordan asked Anna to be his girlfriend in a cute little scene, which resulted in all of the Islanders celebrating by jumping into the pool!
MICHAEL AND FRANCESCA WERE DUMPED
After being pied by Amber, Michael was put into a friendship couple with Francesca, with the pair finding themselves in the bottom three after a public vote.Their fellow Islanders chose to save Anna and Jordan, and Harley and Chris, in turn sending home Michael and Francesca.
JORDAN'S HEAD WAS TURNED BY INDIA
Despite asking Anna to be his girlfriend just days earlier, Jordan shocked the villa when he pulled India for a chat to express his feelings for her.Of course, this didn't go down well with Anna, who vented her anger at the model and later split with him.
THE BABY CHALLENGE RETURNED
The iconic baby challenge returned, with this year's Islanders giving their little babies some very odd names. Whilst most of the Islanders loved their little ones, Anna refused to look after her baby, admitting Jordan is a 'single dad'.
JORDAN AND ANNA WERE DUMPED
After splitting in the villa, Jordan and Anna were dumped from the Island, with their exit interview incredibly awkward!
THE PARENTS ARRIVED
Just days before the final, the Islanders' parents arrived into the villa! Although Curtis' mum couldn't get Maura's name right, all of the parents seemed to get on well with the Islanders, with Greg's mum even giving Amber a lucky charm!
BELLE AND ANTON MISSED OUT ON A PLACE IN THE FINAL
Anton and Belle were voted out just one day before the big final, after they received the lowest votes from the public.
THE DECLARATIONS OF LOVE
The final four couples were given the chance to tell their partner exactly how they feel in the final, during the Love Island Summer Ball.All of the speeches were amazing, but we have to say Irish hunk Greg O'Shea stole our hearts with THAT poem!
AMBER AND GREG WON LOVE ISLAND 2019
Despite only knowing each other for two weeks, Amber and Greg were crowned the winners of Love Island 2019, ahead of Molly-Mae and Tommy, Maura and Curtis, and India and Ovie.