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Maura Higgins praised for sharing candid snap of her Christmas ‘food baby’

She is known for sending fans wild with her racy social media posts.

But Maura Higgins shared a more candid snap on her Instagram stories on Boxing Day as she showed off her ‘food baby’ to her 3.1million followers.

The Love Island star, 30, cut a casual figure in cozy grey and white stripped pyjamas as she spent the day relaxing after yesterday’s festivities.

Stuffed! Maura Higgins shared a candid snap on her Instagram stories on Boxing Day as she showed off her ‘food baby’ to her 3.1million followers

Standing side-on to the camera, Maura rolled up her long-sleeved T-shirt to proudly show off her ‘bloated’ stomach after indulging on Christmas treats.

Alongside her snap, she light-heartedly asked her fans whether her rounded belly was a ‘baby’ or just a ‘food baby’.

But the Irish beauty was left taken aback when she was flooded with praise from her fans for candidly sharing her ‘real’ snap.

Her followers were quick to reply to her story saying it had made them feel ‘better’ and ‘helped them’ after they too were bloated after their Christmas dinners.

'I needed this!': The Love Island star, 30, was left taken aback when she was flooded with praise from her fans for candidly sharing her 'real' Christmas snap

‘I needed this!’: The Love Island star, 30, was left taken aback when she was flooded with praise from her fans for candidly sharing her ‘real’ Christmas snap

Wow factor: Maura flaunted her incredible physique in a slew of snaps from Dubai earlier this month

Wow factor: Maura flaunted her incredible physique in a slew of snaps from Dubai earlier this month

One fan wrote: ‘thank you so much for showing us this’

While another responded: ‘This made me feel a bit better! You’re beautiful’

And a third gushed: ‘This is the most real bloat I’ve ever seen. 

‘So toxic when people show a tiny belly as their “bloat”, but so refreshing to see this and recognise how different all our bodies look when not in their “perfect” state. 

‘Thank you Maura, always rated you so highly but now even more!!’

Sharing some of her fans’ responses, Maura quipped: ‘We’re all feeling that Christmas bloat then.’

Keeping it real: The body positive star, who is known for her racy social media posts, said that she is going to try and share more 'real' content as she appreciates 'how important it is'

Keeping it real: The body positive star, who is known for her racy social media posts, said that she is going to try and share more ‘real’ content as she appreciates ‘how important it is’

But on a more serious note, the body positive star added that she is going to try and share more ‘real’ social media content as she appreciates ‘how important it is’.

She penned: ‘I genuinely do forget that this is the content you guys really love to see.

‘I’m really going to try and show you more real stuff in the New Year as I know how important it is especially for the younger generation on social media [heart emoji]’

The TV personality has recently returned to the UK following a month-long romantic break in Dubai with her new boyfriend Chris Taylor.

Maura and her Love Island co-star, 30, have been living it up on their luxury trip since the end of November and did not shy away from littering Instagram with sun-kissed snaps.

Bloated: Her followers replied to her story saying it had made them feel 'better' and 'helped them' after they too were left bloated after their Christmas dinners

Bloated: Her followers replied to her story saying it had made them feel ‘better’ and ‘helped them’ after they too were left bloated after their Christmas dinners

The smitten couple have been practically inseparable since they confirmed their romance on November 24, after touching down in the United Arab Emirates. 

They were also joined on their balmy holiday by close friend Molly-Mae Hague and her beau Tommy Fury, who then jetted off to the Maldives before returning home.

Last month, the model and Chris shared identical doting snaps on Instagram taken by the pool in Dubai to confirm their much-anticipated romance.

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

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

It's official! The TV personality has recently returned to the UK following a month-long romantic break in Dubai with her new boyfriend Chris Taylor

It’s official! The TV personality has recently returned to the UK following a month-long romantic break in Dubai with her new boyfriend Chris Taylor

The loved-up pair looked the picture of happiness – Maura in a champagne satin mini-dress and Chris in his trademark jazzy shirt and ripped skinny jeans.

The best pals had previously fuelled romance 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 another’s dressing gowns.

But Chris, who was coupled up with Harley Brash on Love Island, and Maura constantly denied the rumours in the months after her split from Curtis Pritchard.

Romantic: The smitten couple have been practically inseparable since they confirmed their romance on November 24, after touching down in the United Arab Emirates

Romantic: The smitten couple have been practically inseparable since they confirmed their romance on November 24, after touching down in the United Arab Emirates 

But after learning of Maura’s new romance, the beauty’s Love Island ex Curtis, 24, lashed out at her and his ‘close’ friend Chris.

Their romance ended in March after nine months of dating, and the dancer said he felt ‘hurt’ and ‘betrayed’ after she shared news that she and Chris were official.

Speaking to The Sun recently, 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?’ 

Curtis was accused of cheating after he was pictured kissing dancer, Amber Pierson, after previously insisting they were ‘just friends’ during his romance with Maura. 

Denial: The best pals had previously fuelled romance rumours for months with their close friendship, but denied they were an item as far back as July

Denial: The best pals had previously fuelled romance rumours for months with their close friendship, but denied they were an item as far back as July 

Denying once again that he was ever unfaithful during his time with the brunette, Curtis suggested 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.’

Hurt: Curtis Pritchard (right) recently lashed out at his Love Island ex-girlfriend Maura and his 'close' friend Chris after learning of their new romance (Pictured in 2019)

Hurt: Curtis Pritchard (right) recently lashed out at his Love Island ex-girlfriend Maura and his ‘close’ friend Chris after learning of their new romance (Pictured in 2019)


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