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Who is Maura Higgins and is the ex-Dancing on Ice star still with her Love Island boyfriend Curtis Pritchard?

MAURA Higgins had been tipped to win Dancing on Ice 2020 but bowed out of the competition in week seven.

She had earned herself a legion of fans following her stint on Love Island but is she still with ex co-star d Curtis Pritchard?

Are Maura Higgins and Curtis Pritchard still together?

Curtis hinted in December that their relationship may be a bit of trouble.

With his career going from strength to strength and Maura spending every spare minute practising for Dancing on Ice, the Love Island stars haven't had much time to actually spend with each other.

Admitting he was too busy to see Maura, Curtis told Lorraine Kelly: "We haven't had time to spend with everyone, and Maura. I haven't seen Maura in a little bit.

"We're lucky because we have mobile phones so we can stay in contact so easily but it is a shame."

However, Curtis has previously explained that time apart has helped their relationship to blossom.

"I allow her to do all of the things that she wants to do and she allows me the same. That gives us space," he said.

"Then when we come and see each other, we really miss each other."

Maura supported Curtis when he starred in Dick Whittington at High Wycombe's Christmas panto over Christmas.

Their relationship appeared to be going well, as they attended the NTA Awards together in February.

The couple placed fourth on Love Island 2019.

They got together about two thirds through the show after Curtis dumped Amy Hart.

How much is Maura being paid for Dancing on Ice?

We don't know exactly how much Maura has been paid for DOI.

But we do know that celebs appearing on the show will pocket anything between £20,000-100,000.

The highest-ever paid celeb contestant was Pamela Anderson who walked home with £150,000 for appearing in the series in 2013.

On September 24, it was announced on This Morning that Maura Higgins would be taking part in the latest series of Dancing On Ice.

The reality TV star even made an appearance on the show to share the exciting news with ITV viewers across the nation.

Maura stood in a giant inflatable snow globe as Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby hyped up the reveal.

The Love Island beauty made it known that she wanted to pair up with a strict professional partner in order to keep her tantrums in place.

"I need someone strict to keep me in line, " she shared. "Otherwise I’ll just throw a strop and lay on the floor."

"[Headbangers] frighten me a lot. I’m more excited than scared, though. I'm brave and competitive so I think that will drive me."

Has Maura Higgins had surgery?

Rumours have been swirling that Maura has had cosmetic surgery, as she looks starkly different now to photos taken during her youth.

However, her mother, Sharon, has vehemently denied her daughter had any work done, stating she has simply "matured".

Speaking to the Longford Leader, Sharon said: "She never got plastic surgery ever. The only thing she ever got done - and she never hid it, she had it up on her own Instagram - was she got some lip filler.

It also turns out that Maura is very talented when it comes to applying makeup.

During her Christmas break back in Ireland, she shocked fans by posting a picture of herself wearing no makeup or fake tan - because she look

Pulling a cheeky smile and with her hair tied loosely back, Maura looked fresh as a daisy without a scrap of mascara or fake tan in sight.

Her au naturale look was in stark contrast to the Dancing on Ice launch earlier this month, which saw Maura suitably glammed up to the nines.

Perhaps this just goes to show her looks are all natural.

What is Maura's official Instagram page?

Her official Instagram tag is @maurahiggins.

And given that she’s a model who has worked with plenty of famous faces - and it isn’t surprising to know that her social media page already has over 2.5million followers.

Maura uses the platform to showcase her modelling work while also giving fans a glimpse into her fabulous life, having recently flown to Palm Springs, California, for the annual Coachella music festival.

How did Maura Higgins become famous?

Maura Higgins is a 28-year-old model and grid girl from County Longford, Ireland.

And she’s no stranger to being around celebrities, revealing that she’s worked with plenty of athletes throughout her booming modelling career.

She has worked with brands like Monster and at events such as Bellator MMA and FIA World Rallycross.

In 2017, Maura also starred in Liam Payne’s music video for his single Get Low and has met pop princess Ariana Grande.

However, it wasn't until last year that she found fame after entering the Love Island villa where she met her now boyfriend Curtis.

Before meeting Curtis, her longest relationship lasted a whopping nine years.

Was Maura Higgins a presenter on This Morning?

Yes - Maura landed a hot spot to dish out no-nonsense relationship advice on the staple morning show.

The Love Island runner-up landed the role just a week after leaving the villa – and fans think she has already mastered it.

Speaking about the decision to cast her, This Morning editor Martin Frizell described Maura as this year's "stand out contestant."

And discussing her role beforehand, Maura said: “I’m getting flutters about joining This Morning. I can’t believe it. It’s beyond my wildest dreams.

“I’ve grown up watching Phillip, Holly, Eamonn, Ruth and the team. Mad to think I’m now part of that iconic family. Can’t wait to crack on.”

What happened to Maura Higgins on Love Island?