Maura Higgins and Curtis Pritchard have officially split, MailOnline can exclusively reveal.
The former grid girl, 29, and professional dancer, 24, who met during Love Island season five, have called time on their romance after just eight months of dating – and 20 weeks of being in a committed relationship.
A source exclusively told MailOnline: ‘It’s going to be a tough time for Maura. She really tried to make things work with Curtis but unfortunately they’ve gone their separate ways.
Parted ways: Love Island’s Maura Higgins and Curtis Pritchard have split after just eight months of dating, MailOnline can exclusively reveal
‘Most of her family and close friends are in Ireland, which will make this even more difficult for her.’
A representative for Maura confirmed the news to MailOnline.
The Dancing on Ice star took to her Instagram stories on Monday evening to explain it had been a joint decision for the pair to part ways.
She said: ‘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.
Difficult breakup: ‘It’s going to be a tough time for Maura. She really tried to make things work with Curtis but unfortunately they’ve gone their separate ways,’ a source told MailOnline
Not meant to be: ’Most of her family and close friends are in Ireland, which will make this time even more difficult for her’ the source added (pictured on January 15)
‘There is no easy way to get through a break up 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,’ followed by a broken heart emoji.’
Curtis, who’s the brother of Strictly professional dancer AJ, is yet to comment on the split.
The former couple only made their romance ‘official’ in October 2019, meaning they were in a committed relationship for just 20 weeks in total.
Their split comes the same day The Sun alleged the reality stars were ‘still together’ despite the pair not being pictured together for over a month.
Love Island fans suspected they had called it quits after Maura and Curtis enjoyed separate nights out in London over the weekend.
Over: Maura took to her Instagram stories on Monday evening to explain that it had been a joint decision to part ways
Throwback: The former grid girl and professional dancer began dating after they met during the summer of 2019 on Love Island season five
Maura partied at London nightclub Luxx with former Love Island co-stars Chris Taylor and Joe Garratt while Curtis was spotted at Freedom bar with brother AJ and a group of professional dancers.
It was feared their relationship could be in trouble at the point of the National Television Awards when it was reported that the ex-couple had a heated argument behind-the-scenes.
Insiders said the dancer claimed him and Maura only secured the red carpet presenting gig at the ceremony because of his fame, despite the pair both rising to prominence on last year’s Love Island.
The Irish star is said to have told friends she felt ‘used’ and ‘like a d*** for trusting him,’ before leaving the party in tears.
Bronze: The exes came in third place on the ITV dating show after Maura’s feisty personality led viewers to keep them on air
20 weeks later: The former couple only made their relationship ‘official’ in October 2019, meaning that they were boyfriend and girlfriend for just 20 weeks in total
Final appearance: The Dancing On Ice star and Greatest Dancer receptionist hadn’t been pictured together since hosting the NTAs’ backstage interviews on January 28 (pictured)
Ouch! Insiders said the Curtis claimed the couple only secured the red carpet presenting gig at the ceremony because of his fame despite their joint pull
The insider also insisted minders attempted to escort the ballroom pro out the bash, with Curtis refusing to leave and letting loose with his pals instead.
They added: ‘Things were clearly very frosty between them. Curtis seemed to be so drunk he had no idea Maura was just meters away from him.’
Since their stint in the villa, the media personalities have gone on to lead successful careers in their own right.
Used? According to sources, the former ring girl confided in her friends that she felt ‘used’ and ‘like a d*** for trusting him’, before leaving the star-studded bash while Curtis refused to leave
Frosty! ‘Things were clearly very frosty between them. Curtis seemed to be so drunk he had no idea Maura was just meters away from him’ added the insider
Until recently, the model was competing on this year’s Dancing On Ice, and often serves as a showbiz correspondent on This Morning.
She is a brand ambassador for fashion retailer Boohoo, lingerie company Ann Summers, and luxury tanning brand Bellamianta.
Choreographer Curtis, meanwhile, starred as a receptionist on BBC One’s The Greatest Dancer and was a guest judge on Ru Paul’s Drag Race last year.
TV star: Since their villa stint, the model has competed on this year’s Dancing On Ice, secured major brand ambassadorships and often serves as a showbiz correspondent on This Morning
The final photo: On Valentine’s Day, Curtis shared this snap of himself and Maura, along with the hashtag #loveyou, but she failed to wish him a Happy Valentine’s Day on social media
Earlier this month, their romance was rocked by cheating claims on Curtis’ part but he firmly denied the rumours.
Appearing on Lorraine, he addressed a video which emerged of him hugging a woman in a club on New Year’s Eve.
Curtis said at the time: ‘[The] new year photos [are] nonsense, you can’t hug somebody or talk to somebody in this day and age without something coming out!’
A case of the ex: Prior to dating Maura, Curtis was coupled up with Amy Hart in the Love Island villa and famously had his head turned leaving the blonde beauty devastated
‘Me and Maura are completely fine. I was there watching her on Dancing On Ice yesterday.’
During a recent appearance on Heart Radio’s Capital Breakfast, Maura outlined the three main reasons why they have managed to stay together.
She said: ‘I think trust one another, don’t believe everything you read in the press and one main thing – don’t let fame get to your head. You just need to stay grounded.’
Prior to coupling up with Maura, Curtis was in a relationship with Celebs Go Dating star Amy Hart.
But he broke her heart after returning from Casa Amor claiming that his feelings had changed and it wasn’t long before his attention turned to Maura – causing Amy to walk from the villa.
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