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Need for speed Maura Higgins was 'obsessed' with cars and 'like a boy racer' growing up

"I remember we used to go on the back roads and put cones out and do number eights around the cones."


Maura Higgins

Maura Higgins

Maura Higgins

Maura Higgins has said that she was “like a boy racer” growing up as she loved to drift cars.

The former Love Island star was a fan of car drifting when she was younger, a driving technique where the driver intentionally oversteers and loses traction on the road while maintaining control of the vehicle.

Speaking to RTÉ about her guilty pleasure and need for speed, she said: “In Ireland, there’s actually drift shows you can go to, and it’s a lot of speed and it’s very, very dangerous.

“I literally was obsessed with cars. I remember we used to go on the back roads and put cones out and do number eights around the cones. I was like a boy racer growing up.

“I am an adrenaline junkie, but then again, I’ve never done a sky dive because I’m too scared,” the 30-year-old added.

The Longford native is set to appear on our screens this Thursday as the host of Glow Up: Ireland’s Next Make-Up Star on RTÉ2.

She described her first presenting gig as “an incredible opportunity” but admitted that it was a bit nerve-wracking at times.

“I actually find it hard to watch myself, but I’m very excited to see how I come across,” Maura said.

“It was so different for me. Presenting was something I’ve never done before and I was literally just thrown into the deep end, but it’s such an incredible opportunity, and especially to do it back in Ireland was just insane.”

Speaking about the biggest challenges she faced while filming the show, she said: “I’d say learning my scripts. Obviously, we didn’t have an autocue or anything like that so everything I had to say, I had to learn.

“And also learning all the contestants’ backgrounds. I’m very, very bad with names so on day one, I was like, oh my God, I need to remember ten make-up artists names and try not to screw that up. I think that was the biggest learning curve for me.

“They were all so unique and so talented. I could not believe the talent that I was witnessing.”

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Glow Up Ireland airs this Thursday, 2nd September on RTÉ2 at 9.35pm.

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