- Maura Higgins and Curtis Pritchard shocked fans after announcing their split earlier this month.
- The former Love Island star recently opened up on the real reason behind their break up and it really couldn't be more simple.
There's been plenty of rumours surrounding Maura Higgins and Curtis Pritchard's recent split. But after a good few weeks of keeping Love Island fans guessing, Maura has finally set the record straight.
The 29-year-old admitted that while she was once "besotted" with the professional dancer, it just wasn't the same after leaving the villa - and their hectic schedules didn't help.
“Curtis and I barely saw each other," she told The Sun on Sunday's Fabulous magazine. "At the beginning it was very, very hard because I was so besotted with him, and we never got to see each other. When we did, it was really nice because you got the time to miss somebody. But sometimes it would be two weeks. You know when you’re in a relationship and you know someone’s day to day? We were that busy that we didn’t, and it was strange.
“When I started on Dancing On Ice, we were doing really well. He was coming to some of the shows and stuff, but we were still very, very busy and it just took a toll on the relationship in the end.”
And even after eight months together, Maura says she's well and truly moved on. She added: "I fall in love quickly, but I fall out of love even quicker. I tend to get over someone in my head before I actually dump them. It’s good isn’t it?”
The former couple announced they were splitting this month, with Maura telling fans in a heartfelt message shared on Instagram.
After Maura confirmed the news, it was reported that the pair had actually gone their separate ways a lot earlier - in January.
However, the former villa star was quick to hit back at the claims - insisting she doesn't need a man to better her career. And we couldn't agree more!
“If I’m not happy I’m just not going to be with that person, and I can’t fake anything because my face will tell it straight away," Maura explained. "What are you going to gain? Plus, I’m my own brand. I don’t need anyone, there’s no point denying it! I just felt like I’m 29 and I want somebody that I can see a future with. I’m not getting any younger.
“[Curtis] is 24 – maybe he did want that, maybe he didn’t, I don’t know, but I just felt it wasn’t going in that direction. The time apart as well… I want somebody I can be with most days.”
Post villa romances seem tough.
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