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new home Maura Higgins opens up about missing family in Ireland as she waits out lockdown in England

The former hairdresser, who was the breakout star of the 2019 series of the dating show, spoke about her new life in the UK, where she is now dating fellow reality star Chris Taylor.

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Maura Higgins

Maura Higgins

Maura Higgins

Love Island star Maura Higgins has revealed that she is desperately missing her friends and family in Ireland as she waits out the lockdown in her adopted home of England.

The former hairdresser, who was the breakout star of the 2019 series of the dating show, spoke about her new life in the UK, where she is now dating fellow reality star Chris Taylor.

"I miss being able to go home and see my family and friends back in Ireland," she said. "But I'm always on FaceTime to my family back home. England is definitely home for me now - I feel really settled over here."

"It's hard not being able to fly back to see my friends and family as often as I'd like to but lockdown has enabled me to slow down a bit - it's really the first break I've had since leaving Love Island.

"I do think the pandemic has made everyone appreciate the little things more than they used to; it's allowed everybody to take a step back and see what is important."

Despite not clicking romantically while they're were both on Love Island, the Longford native stuck up a relationship with Taylor three months ago, having previously dated Curtis Pritchard.

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Maura Higgins and Chris Taylor

Maura Higgins and Chris Taylor

Maura Higgins and Chris Taylor

She said the most important thing was establishing a friendship first with Taylor.

"It's great as we were so comfortable with each other from the beginning. I think the best relationships come from being friends first.

"We laugh so much together and are really happy," she said.

"We like to have a date night once a week; even during lockdown we've been getting dressed up and cooking a meal."

Higgins, who marked her 30th birthday last November, is estimated to have already made her first million thanks to some lucrative collaborations with top brands.


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