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Maura Higgins and Curtis Pritchard are officially boyfriend and girlfriend. The couple revealed their relationship news in an interview with OK! Magazine.

The couple, who met on Love Island this summer, decided to date after they left the villa, instead of rushing into a relationship.

Curtis explained why he waited until now to ask Maura to be his girlfriend.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“I want something that's going to last forever. There's no point in rushing things. We've only known each other a short amount of time,” the professional dancer explained.

Curtis and Maura were certainly right to take things slow.

Numerous Love Island couples quickly called it quits after leaving the villa, including the winners of the show, Amber Gill and Greg O’Shea.

They may not have won the show but Maura and Curtis seem to have a pretty great relationship. Irish model Maura couldn’t help but gush about her new beau.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She even spilled the details on how Curtis asked her to be his girlfriend.

“He took me away for a weekend break, and he asked me out over dinner in London the next day,” the 28-year-old shared.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The pair have happily dated for the past couple of months, but people continue to doubt their relationship, but Maura said it doesn’t bother her because “opposites attract”.

Sure we’re only delighted for Maura and Curtis. The true winners of Love Island 2019.

 

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Love Island star Maura Higgins isn't one to withhold vital information, including about shenanigans from the Spanish villa that she may have caused.

The reality star has fast become a fan favourite due to her frank and honest nature, though she has now admitted to skirting around the rules to get some extra wine. Mad respect.

"I should never tell, but I'm gonna…" she revealed during an Instagram Q&A after an appearance on The Late Late Show last Friday night.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"Some nights you get one glass of wine, some nights you get two, you either get a choice of beer or wine, I always choose wine," Maura explained.

"One night I went into the larder where the drinks get prepared and there's like a water dispenser there. I went in before everyone else and I downed everyone's wine and I filled it up with water.

"And I got in really big trouble. The whole island got punished the following night because I got really drunk. I shouldn't have probably said that. I'll get in big trouble now!"

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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We can relate to the struggle of craving some vino, especially if we were on a stressful reality show fighting off other gals to find love.

The Longford native has also divulged on other behind-the-scenes secrets from the reality show, admitting that some scenes were reshot.

"Yeah, we did re-shoot," Maura said. "Just say, for instance, if a text came through and you weren't loud enough or if you stumbled on your words, you'd have to re-take obviously." 

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Didn't Amber Gill, AKA Queen of the Love Island villa, inform us that she was "booked and busy"? Our girl doesn't lie.

The 22-year-old Geordie beautician announced this morning on her Instagram account that she's landed a huge brand ambassador gig with retailer Miss Pap;

She captioned the post; "Oh hey it’s just me, your NEW MISSPAP babe. I honestly cannot believe it!! Soooo excited to be a part of the fresh Miss Pap brand."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She continued; "It’s been a long anticipated announcement by me and I’ve been dying to tell you all.

"However I wanted to take my time in the design process so my collection is perfect, embodies my style and more importantly is inclusive for girls of all shapes and sizes. I cannot wait for you to see what I’ve been working on you know it’s going to be GOOOD."

Of course, she had to drop the long-awaited discount code for her 'huntys': AMBER50. Yas girl, slay away.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Fans online have been berating Amber for not sharing her business deals, after Molly-Mae Hague, India Reynolds and Maura Higgins landed coveted deals with PrettyLittleThing and Boohoo. 

One Twitter user asked the star; "Maura joining boohoo, Ovie joining ASOS and Molly Mae having her own collection with PLT. What is Amber doing please?"

Amber shot that sh*t down faster than you can say 'MESSAGE'.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"Sis please don’t tell me you think I’m out here doing nothing? I always do the most. Be patient."

Patience has paid off, it seems. We're delighted for her, she deserves to be a Miss Pap babe more than anyone after dealing with Michael Griffiths and Greg O'Shea.

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Kevin Clifton isn't holding his opinions back about his Strictly Come Dancing co-star AJ Pritchard, suggesting that the fellow professional dancer tried to steal Stacey Dooley for himself last year.

Appearing on a one-off Strictly special, which will air on Saturday night, Kevin speaks about the process of the dancers and contestants testing their compatibility with a 'speed dance'.

The dance features the celebrities and professionals dance briefly with each other, before they're placed in their various partnerships.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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According to The Sun, Kevin claims he was ‘going for it’ with Stacey while they were dancing in a salsa circle, but AJ later swooped in and tried to pull Stacey away for a one-on-one talk.

"Last year with Stacey in the salsa circle, I was going for it… overdoing it," Kevin says.

"At one point, we were on a coffee break and AJ interrupted us in the middle of us talking and took her away," he added. "He wanted to get to know her and see what she was about."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"I was like, “It’s not Love Island mate!”‘ Kevin managed to fend off AJ's advances and he was picked to be Stacey's partner for last years show.

The duo went on to win the Glitterball trophy, before confirming their romance three months later following Stacey's split from ex-boyfriend Sam Tucknott.

The pair insist on remaining tight-lipped about their private life.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In an interview with The Guardian, Stacey said:

"Kev and I agreed not to go into too much detail about our private lives because you can’t really indulge that and then ask for privacy. What I am happy to say is Kev’s amazing. I’m happy, life happens. I’ve got an amazing career and I’m very lucky."

Kevin is partnered with Anneka Rice on this year's Strictly, but was recently forced to deny claims that he’s "fuming" with the pairing and insisted he’s having a "wicked time" with Anneka in rehearsals.

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Maura Higgins has spoken out for the first time about her fellow Islander Amber Gill's split from Greg O'Shea, insisting that the winner is a "strong, independent woman."

The Love Island star believes that the Geordie beautician, who won the show with the Irish rugby player, will thrive despite being dumped ruthlessly via text.

Greg broke up with the Newcastle beauty only five weeks after they split the £50,000 prize and beat out Tommy Fury and Molly-Mae Hague.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Speaking at the TV Choice Awards, Higgins claims that Amber doesn't need the honest relationship advice she now dishes out on ITV's This Morning.

"You know what, Amber is such a strong girl. I don't think Amber needs much advice, she's very strong. She is a strong, independent woman and she will be absolutely fine."

Gill appeared on Loose Women yesterday to confirm that the relationship ended over text after she had asked Greg to make more of an effort with the romance by flying to London or Newcastle.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She appeared at the TV Choice Awards alone, without O'Shea in attendance. Maura also spoke about joining the ITV team, saying she felt "part of the furniture".

The emphasised that the villa friendships still exist; "We try to see each other as much as possible but it's difficult. Once you've been through that experience you want to be there to support one another."

Maura has had huge success since leaving the villa; "With the opportunities, it's insane. I feel very, very lucky, honestly."

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Amy Hart has shared her successful Love Island audition tape with her followers online, and it's…something.

The ex-air hostess surprised her fans by showing the reel which secured her spot on the ITV2 dating show on YouTube last night, which led to her coupling up with Curtis Pritchard before quitting the show.

The video shows Amy refer to herself as "the lovechild of Elton John and Gemma Collins", also describing herself as a third wheel and "the world's worst drunk texter" who is "too extra for my own good".

"I know I've got the hair, the teeth, the nails, the boobs but I'm not your run-of-the-mill Barbie girl," she added. "There's only one Ames."

The 26-year-old also mentions that all of her friends have "found their Mr Right and have their fairytale endings, and I think it's my time". She also describes her five years of pageant life.

Unfortunately, the show didn't lead to a fairytale ending for Amy, but she walked out with her head held high and earned thousands of fans for the value she had for her mental health.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Amy recently hit back at trolls who criticised her appearance online with an emotional Instagram message describing how upset her friends and family have been after reading vile comments.

She captioned the lengthy post; "To everyone who has taken time out of their day to point out my flaws – thank you. I know you probably think that the comments you make about my appearance don’t get read, well they do – and they hurt. Not just me, but my friends and family, too.

"I know it’s probably difficult to see me as a person when all you know about me is what you’ve seen on TV, online and when I pop up on your social media feed."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"To you, I’m probably just a picture or a video… but the reality is I’m just an ordinary girl from Worthing whose dreams are coming true," the reality star added.

"The vast majority of comments I receive are absolutely lovely – and I read them too…so thank you! I guess what I want to say is… just have a bit consideration when you’re leaving comments on people's posts – whether they have 1 follower or 1 million followers."

The star is taking action by heading into schools to speak about the impacts of trolling and online bullying, using her platform for good.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"To everyone who has taken time out of their day to point out my flaws – thank you," she said. "I have a mirror, I know what I look like – and I'm happy with it. But, like everyone, I have my insecurities."

YAS gal. Say what you want about Amy, but she stays true to herself 24 hours a day.

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Love Island 2019 winners Amber Gill and Greg O'Shea have reportedly broken up after only five weeks, and we're already campaigning for Amber's justice.

22-year-old Geordie beautician Amber was supposed to fly to Ireland tonight to see the rugby player, but The Sun is reporting that 24-year-old Greg has split with Amber over busy schedules.

Now, bear in mind that anything The Sun says must be taken with a pinch of salt, but a 'source' told the publication; 

"Amber feels used by Greg. He was always aware of the distance and his career in their relationship, and yet he chose to seek out Amber in the villa knowing there would always be the distance."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"He hasn’t made any effort to come to London to see Amber, despite it being over five weeks, it’s always Amber who had to make the effort."

Amber was apparently 'devastated' by the cruel-hearted dumping, although she 'had a feeling' that things were gradually coming to an end. BY TEXT THOUGH? Greg, we thought you were different.

The Newcastle beauty wrote on Instagram just two days ago; "My babes. Squinty squinterson. Miss ya" alongside a photo of Greg, although Greg last posted an Instagram picture of her on August 18. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The couple were scheduled to appear on The Late Late Show tonight with fellow islander Maura Higgins.

The pair were the shock winners of the fifth series of Love Island after being coupled up for only 12 days, deciding to share the £50,000 prize.

Soon-to-be-solicitor Greg was a late arrival and charmed Amber after she was pied by Michael Griffiths, who chose to recouple with Joanna Chimonides in the Casa Amor twist.

The winners haven’t been seen much together due to the distance between Limerick and Newcastle.

Amber had visited Ireland only two weeks ago, with the couple going sightseeing at the Cliffs of Moher. 

If the split is real, then Amber and Greg have the honour of being the fastest-winning couple to break up. We'll most likely discover the real story tonight, if they appear together on Ryan Tubridy's couch.

Great job, Greg. You've lost plenty of fans for losing Amber, she's an absolute gem. Ovie, any help?

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Anton Danyluk and Belle Hassan have reportedly split just five weeks after leaving the Love Island villa, and now he's denying ever having been in a relationship with her. Oh dear…

The reality stars have parted ways after trying to make their romance work in real life, and failing. Pals have claimed that Belle was getting fed up with Anton's lack of attention towards her.

Belle has also seen photos of the Scottish gym owner cuddling up to bikini-clad models at parties in Ibiza.

"Belle has seen all the pictures and videos of Anton in Ibiza and now just wants out," a pal told the Sun. "She feels he's disrespecting their relationship and can't see him changing his ways."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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They added that singer Craig David may have come between them, which is frankly GAS;

"His obsession with Craig David also made her feel awkward. He seemed to be more excited about reuniting with Craig than speaking to her."

Anton was forced to deny cheating on Belle last month after a video emerged of him kissing a brunette in a club, but the footage was filmed six years ago.

Anton had tried it on with Molly-Mae Hague, Anna Vakili and Lucie Donlan in the first couple of weeks of the show before getting with Belle.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Anton messed up numerous times after giving his number to a cashier, and later admitting that Anna was the best kisser in the villa.

Belle and Anton ended up in fifth place, narrowly missing out on making it to the final thanks to Tommy Fury and Molly-Mae Hague voting them out.

Anton revealed last month that he and Belle still hadn't had sex, insisting that they wanted to "take things slowly".

"We haven't done bits. When we've seen each other we've been tired and gone straight to bed," he told new! magazine."We're taking it slow, it's very PG."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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He added: "Everyone's saying this 'making it official' as if we've been in a relationship for so long.

"I'm very much a realist. We've still got a bit of dating to do on the outside before we know if it's going to work. But we're both on the same page, which is important."

Anton also said that he has no intentions of leaving Scotland to be with Belle in London. "I won't be moving away, but with all the things that are going on I'm going to be up and down the country anyway."

The Scot is now denying ever having been in a serious relationship with Belle, which definitely won't go down well.

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Well, the awkwardness is about to hit a new high. According to reports, Love Island winner Amber Gill has secretly been replaced by Maura Higgins in the line-up for Dancing On Ice 2019.

Maura apparently won over ITV bosses, who were previously scouting Amber for the job. She was thought to be the frontrunner to take part, but now producers may have changed their minds.

A source told The Sun: "Dancing On Ice producers were always going to sign a Love Island star for next year’s series and they wanted a girl this time after having two guys in the past."  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"It was looking hopeful for Amber but Maura pipped her to the post with her sense of humour and personality."

Wes Nelson made it to the final of the show last year, while Kem Cetinay competed in 2018, so it wouldn't be the first time that a former Islander skated in the show.

Since Maura has left the villa, the star has landed a role as an agony aunt on This Morning, and secured a huge fashion deal with Boohoo alongside India Reynolds.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Dancing On Ice producers reportedly met with a number of Love Islanders, including Amber, before deciding to focus on Maura after ITV viewers fell in love with her honesty.

Amber is doing well with her aunt's Newcastle salon, and can charge a huge amount for a sponsored Instagram post, so she's not exactly the loser here after winning the cash prize on the show.

The Geordie beautician hit back at claims that she wasn't doing any business deals since leaving the show, compared to Molly-Mae Hague's huge clothing deal with PrettyLittleThing.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"Sis, please don’t tell me you think I’m out here doing nothing," she wrote on Twitter to a fan. "I always do the most. Be patient!"

The news comes after numerous sources have claimed Greg O'Shea and Amber have secretly split after the distance between them became too difficult to manage.

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Love Island stars Maura Higgins and India Reynolds have both been announced as the new brand ambassadors for online retailer boohoo.

Collections from the ladies will drop later this year, but fans are tripping over themselves with excitement to use Maura and India's coveted discount codes.

The ranges are to be revealed from September onwards, with India's first collection available to shop in November.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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'Metallic Moment' will be India's first collection, set to go live this October, followed by her second capsule 'Animal Instinct' in November.

boohoo have been lovely enough to give us a glimpse at the outfits, and we are DROOLING over them.

Maura is set to be the face of her own Christmas Edit, which marks her first-ever dedicated fashion range with the brand.

More special projects from Maura will be announced on September 16, so the countdown begins today (only 14 more sleeps).

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Maura announced her new boohoo collection on Instagram this morning, and fans can even use her exclusive LOVEMAURA discount code for 25 percent off everything (excluding sale).

“I’m so proud of this opportunity I’ve been given by boohoo. It’s a brand that I’ve loved since I was a young girl so partnering up with them is a very surreal feeling for me and I’m so grateful," she wrote.

With two million Instagram followers loving Maura's style, and one million followers stealing India's wardrobe faves, this collection is sure to go down a treat.

India has already modelled for the retailer before entering the villa, and commented on her excitement to reunite with boohoo:

"I’m so excited to be back working with my boohoo family! Such a dream come true to be a brand ambassador for boohoo after modelling for them. I can’t wait to wear all the new trends!"

The two gorgeous brunettes seem like the perfect fit for the boohoo family, we can't wait to see what the collections bring to the fashion world.

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We've all noticed how Love Island has produced some pretty unrealistic body standards, but most of the time our focus is on the women.

Each woman on the show is noticeably slim, and young girls have low self-esteem issues as it is without seeing the exact same physique on every TV channel.

What the focus hasn't always been on is the problem with muscular men and the lack of 'dad bods' in sight. The reality show is now being blamed for giving young boys body image issues too.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Stereotypically 'perfect' bodies on the show has led many to feel that only this type of body will be able to find love, or even lust. It's a hugely damaging notion that's being perpetuated/

According to analysts from the Children’s Society, boys are catching up with girls in the numbers of them suffering from low confidence and self-esteem.

Its annual 'Good Childhood' report revealed that over 200,000 children in the UK alone are unhappy with their lives as a whole, with looks playing a large role in their moods.

Shockingly, one-in-12 boys aged 10 to 15 are unhappy with their appearance.

Richard Crellin, policy and research manager in mental health and wellbeing at the Children’s Society, told The Times:

"They talked a lot about the pressure to go the gym and have a great body. They talked about the men they see on social media and Love Island … about how people are always working out on that show."

One teen in the report said he felt pressure to live up to the built men he watched on TV "You see all these models, you see all these weightlifters, body-builders, and you look at yourself and you're like, 'I look like a stick.'

"I feel like we’re exposed to a lot more so we are less secure about our appearance."

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Love Island bosses vetoed having plus-sized Islanders, causing frustration among fans and body activists alike.

Speaking to The Sun, the show's boss Richard Cowles said: “We try and be as representative and diverse as possible but first and foremost it’s an entertainment show.

"It’s about people wanting to watch and them reacting and falling in love with another. Yes, we want to be as representative as possible but we also want them to be attracted to one another."

This basically implies that plus-sized people won't attract any other contestants, so that comment didn't exactly go down well…

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None other than the Queen of Longford, Maura Higgins, will join Ryan Tubridy on the new season of The Late Late Show this week.

The Love Island star is set to join iconic singer Sinead O'Connor and hilarious comedian and actress Aisling Bea on the couch.

Ryan Tubridy revealed the opening episode features “a selection of people representing Ireland", telling RTE Guide;

“Sinead O’Connor, an icon; Aisling Bea, a new superstar knocking them out in the UK; and Maura Higgins from Love Island, a pop-culture phenomenon. It’s running the gamut, and that’s where The Late Late excels.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"We’re also hoping to make a nod towards all the people who’ve served this country in uniform, which needs to be done. Just to say thanks. And where else can you do that, but on the Late Late."

Tubs has previously hinted that the Longford lass will join him on the sofa, saying to the Irish Mirror last week;

“I was watching it (Love Island) over the shoulders of youngsters no but like my feeling about that is even if you didn’t watch it, you know that even when it was going down the toilet and people were saying it was boring and it was the worst series of it, what did it take?"

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“It took an Irish woman from Longford to change it all. She goes on and suddenly the show comes alive. And not even just that it was also won by an Irish man.”

This year will mark Tubridy's 11th year as host of the show;

“As of midnight when we get to the end of the show on September 6, I’ll be the second longest-serving host of the Late Late Show which is a strange mantel but a very big honour in my life.”

 Maura is currently taking a break from her appearances at events after admitting via her Instagram stories that she's completely "shattered" and "burnt out".

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