Who is Chris Taylor? Your NTK on Maura Higgins’ Love Island ex

He's not your average Islander, that's for sure

Chris Taylor

by Marianna Manson |

There are few Love Island stars who stand the test of time quite like Chris Taylor.

Fans of the show (and let’s be honest, who isn’t a fan of the show?) will remember that Chris joined the 2019 series as a bombshell alongside Francesca Allen, and left just before the final with fellow latecomer Harley Brash at his side.

But despite his late arrival, Chris – thanks in part to his relationship with finalist Maura Higgins and role as a core member of Destiny’s Chaldish (more on that later) – has gone down as one of the standout stars of the series.

Who is Chris Taylor?

As we know, Chris was an Islander on the 2019 series – the same year that made household names of the likes of Molly-Mae Hague, Tommy Fury, Amber Gill and Ovie Soko – and won over the public with his quirky personality and not-your-average-Love-Islander looks.

Before he went on the show, he was a business development manager for a start-up company.

Is Chris Taylor dating Maura Higgins?

Chris missed out on a place in the final with Harley Brash, and after arriving back on UK soil the couple went official for a few weeks. Meanwhile, former ring girl Maura Higgins finished in fourth place with professional dancer Curtis Pritchard.

BUT WAIT.

Maura and Curtis may have been one of the longest surviving couples of the series (the crown going to Tommy and Molly-Mae, who are still together and have recently hinted at a proposal), but they split in March 2020, and months later – after a LOT of speculation and subsequent denials from both parties – Chris and Maura finally went official.

After Chris and Maura FINALLY dropped their “we’re just good friends!” charade, Curtis said, “I feel betrayed by them both — two people I was very close to.

"When I saw the pictures, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel hurt. I was upset. [I thought] How long has this truly been going on for?"

Sadly though, their relationship just wasn't meant to be and Chris and Maura revealed they'd split in May 2021.

Why did Chris Taylor and Maura Higgins split?

Chris announced he'd split from Maura in a candid statement on Instagram. He wrote, "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."

Maura echoed Chris' sentiment in her own statement as she admitted they were better as friends.

"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," she wrote.

“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."

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Is Chris Taylor in Destiny’s Chaldish?

He may not have found love in the villa but Chris made friends for life in Michael Griffiths, Danny Williams and Jordan Hames, who collectively make up Destiny’s Chaldish – a play on girlband Destiny’s Child, natch.

They may not be globally renowned for their incredible vocals (yet) but the crew have certainly earned a lot of fans with their hilarious Instagram reels and TikToks – remember when Danny Williams broke his foot dancing in heels? Classique.

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How old is Chris Taylor?

Chris was born on the 31 July 1990, making him currently 30 years old.

Where is Chris Taylor from?

Chris hails from Leicester in England, but currently lives with Michael, Jordan and Danny in a bloody massive house in Essex, with Jordan’s adorably pupper Kali.

Does Chris Taylor have Instagram?

Duh… is a Love Islander even a Love Islander without the ‘gram? You can follow him @christophertaylorofficial.

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