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strictly over After Maura Higgins and Giovanni Pernice 'split', we look back at her past romances

The break up came as shock as the couple were rumoured to be planning to move in together

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Maura and Giovanni Pernice

Maura and Giovanni Pernice

Maura and Giovanni Pernice

Maura Higgins hit headlines again this week after she wiped all of her pictures of her and Giovanni Pernice from her social media accounts, even though it is thought the pair were set to move in together.

The very public relationship was well-documented in their social media feeds with loved-up snaps frequently being posted of the pair at fancy restaurants and on luxurious breaks.

After the rumoured break-up of Maura and her Strictly Come Dancing beau, which is said to have left Maura “utterly heartbroken”, Sundayworld.com takes a look at the Love Island and Dancing on Ice star’s past relationships.

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Maura and Curtis

Maura and Curtis

Maura and Curtis

  • Curtis Pritchard

Maura met Curtis on Love Island in 2019. The pair ‘coupled up’ on the show and finished up in fourth place.

Their romance blossomed in the weeks after Love Island finished but Maura admitted it became difficult for the pair to see each other and they ended the relationship eight months later.

In true Maura style, she announced the break up on social media, saying it was a mutual decision.

She wrote: ‘There is no easy way to get through a breakup 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.’

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Maura with childhood sweetheart James Finnegan

Maura with childhood sweetheart James Finnegan

Maura with childhood sweetheart James Finnegan

  • James Finnegan

Before she joined Love Island, Maura had been engaged to James Finnegan, who she had first met while she was at school.

The relationship lasted for nine years, with the pair due to get married in 2014, but they then drifted apart.

James was described by sources close to Maura as “first love” and “anchor” with her travel and work as a model cited as being the reason the pair split.

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Love Island 2019: Michael Griffiths (27), firefighter, from Liverpool

Love Island 2019: Michael Griffiths (27), firefighter, from Liverpool

Love Island 2019: Michael Griffiths (27), firefighter, from Liverpool

  • Michael Griffiths

Griffiths, who also appeared on Love Island, was spotted out with Maura, with the pair rumoured to have been on a date in an upmarket restaurant in Essex.

However, nothing became of the date and the pair never seemed to ‘couple up’ for real.

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Maura and James Taylor

Maura and James Taylor

Maura and James Taylor

  • Chris Taylor

Again with a Love Island connection, with Taylor having starred in the reality show himself, the pair shared an intimate picture on social media last year.

Taylor declared he’d “fallen in love” with his “best mate” on one of his accounts, with Maura replying “he’s mine”.

It’s understood the pair had become friends while in the villa and their romance had come to fruition afterwards.

The pair remained together for a few months but later split saying they would remain friends.

Writing on her Instagram account, Maura said: ‘It breaks my heart to even type this... I wanted to let everyone know that myself and Chris have made the joint decision to end our relationship.’

She added: ‘Whilst I appreciate people may speculate or create false stories, this is the truth. I wish Chris nothing but the best and I will always be one of his biggest supporters.’

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