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Love Island’s Maura Higgins cuddles up to Chris Taylor on a yacht in Dubai

She recently confirmed her blossoming romance with her Love Island co-star and close friend Chris Taylor after fuelling months of speculation from fans.

And Maura Higgins and her new beau, 30, put on a smitten display as they cuddled up to each other while relaxing on a yacht during their romantic Dubai trip.

The Love Island beauty, who turned 30 last week, put on a busty display in a low-cut white one-piece adorned with gold sequins as she locked fingers with Chris.

Loved-up: Maura Higgins and Chris Taylor, both 30, put on a smitten display as they cuddled up to each other while relaxing on a yacht during their romantic Dubai trip

She accessorised her sultry look with a wide-brimmed straw hat as she enjoyed the balmy temperatures in the United Arab Emirates.

Maura styled her brunette locks in a crinkled wave and opted for a nude make-up palette with a bold slick of fuchsia lipstick.

Meanwhile, her boyfriend Chris flaunted his intricate tattoo sleeve as he posed topless for the sun-kissed snap.

The former Love Islander gelled his signature brown quiff in a choppy style and sported a thin pair of round glasses as he relaxed on the yacht.

Hilarious: Known for his self-deprecating humour, Chris jokingly commented on the snap: 'Very sexy photo... pity about the guy with the double chin behind the girl'

Hilarious: Known for his self-deprecating humour, Chris jokingly commented on the snap: ‘Very sexy photo… pity about the guy with the double chin behind the girl’

Busty display: The Love Island beauty showed off her sensational figure in an Instagram stories snap, adding some glamour to her beachwear with a pair of chunky gold hoops

Busty display: The Love Island beauty showed off her sensational figure in an Instagram stories snap, adding some glamour to her beachwear with a pair of chunky gold hoops

And Chris couldn’t help but lovingly gaze at his new girlfriend, who was flaunting her bronzed pegs in her skimpy swimwear. 

Maura gushed in a caption alongside the loved-up picture: ‘You, me, and the sea’

Known for his self-deprecating humour, Chris jokingly commented on the snap: ‘Very sexy photo… pity about the guy with the double chin behind the girl’

And Love Island stars’ Danny Williams, Joanna Chimonides and Lucie Donlan were all quick to comment on the post, gushing over their pals’ blossoming romance.

Maura also showed off her sensational physique in a clip on her Instagram stories, adding some glamour to her beachwear with a statement pair of chunky gold hoops.

It's official! The smitten couple, both 30, have been sharing floods affectionate snaps during their balmy Dubai holiday since confirming their romance last month

It’s official! The smitten couple, both 30, have been sharing floods affectionate snaps during their balmy Dubai holiday since confirming their romance last month

The smitten couple have been sharing floods of affectionate snaps during their balmy Dubai holiday since confirming their romance last month. 

The Irish model and the social media sensation shared identical doting snaps on Instagram on November 24, taken by the pool in Dubai, to confirm their relationship. 

Maura and Chris gazed lovingly at each other in the photo, smiling contently, with Maura captioning her post: ‘He’s mine!’

Chris quickly followed suit, writing: ‘Turns out I fell in love with my best mate!’ 

Maura and Chris have fuelled rumours for months with their close friendship but denied they were an item as far back as July. 

Rumours: Maura and Chris have fuelled rumours for months with their close friendship but denied they were an item as far back as July

Rumours: Maura and Chris have fuelled rumours for months with their close friendship but denied they were an item as far back as July 

They caused tongues to start wagging after making fun TikToks together, getting cosy over games of Twister, going on nights out and wearing each other’s dressing gowns.

It comes after their former Love Islander Curtis Pritchard has lashed out at ex-girlfriend Maura and his ‘close’ friend Chris after learning of their new romance.

The ballroom dancer, 24, dated Maura for seven months after meeting her on the 2019 series of Love Island, where Chris was also a contestant.  

And while his romance with Maura came to an end in March, he has revealed that he feels ‘hurt’ and ‘betrayed’ after she shared news that she’s now dating Chris.

Speaking to The Sun, he said: ‘I feel betrayed by them both — two people I was very close to. When I saw the pictures, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel hurt. I was upset. How long has this truly been going on for?’

Denying once again that he was unfaithful during his time with Maura, Curtis went on to suggest that Chris was waiting in the wings for the chance to date Maura. 

He explained: ‘If you look back on everything — and I am looking back on it now — I’m like, “Curtis, all the signs were bloomin’ there, why didn’t you realise then?”

‘You just don’t when you are in that situation. You trust what they say. Now her true colours are shown. They said they would never ever be together, and here they are.’

Curtis added that he was particularly hurt by Chris because he ‘supported’ and was ‘a really good person’ to him during their time together in the Love Island villa.

MailOnline contacted representatives for Maura and Chris for comment at the time.

Feud: Their loved-up display has come after Curtis lashed out at ex-girlfriend Maura and his 'close' friend Chris after learning of their new romance, saying he felt 'betrayed'

Feud: Their loved-up display has come after Curtis lashed out at ex-girlfriend Maura and his ‘close’ friend Chris after learning of their new romance, saying he felt ‘betrayed’


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