They have been enjoying a romantic holiday to Dubai after recently confirming they are an item after months of speculation.
And Maura Higgins and Chris Taylor looked every inch the happy couple as they shared a series of snaps from their trip taken in the desert with a camel.
The former Love Island stars shared the photos on Saturday after Maura’s ex Curtis Pritchard recently hit out at their romance.
Holiday: Maura Higgins and Chris Taylor looked every inch the happy couple as they shared a series of snaps from their trip to Dubai
The Irish beauty, 30, looked stunning in a beige shirt while she also sported a patterned bandanna and wore her brunette locks in a poker straight style.
Maura pretended to lean in to the camel to give him a kiss, with Chris, 30, jokingly commenting on the post: ‘Cuckolded by a camel. Bound to happen, he was incredibly charming’.
The couple’s close friend and fellow Love Islander Molly-Mae Hague admitted she was jealous of the pair’s trip, writing: ‘Baby camel on the bed at home is sad seeing this’.
Chris shared a photo of himself wrapping his arm around Maura as he told how the camel’s name is ‘Reginald’.
Ex: The former Love Island stars shared the photos on Saturday evening after Maura’s ex Curtis Pritchard recently hit out at their romance
Trisha Goddard, who Maura competed with on Dancing On Ice, commented on the photo and joked: ‘I’m guessing there’s been plenty of humping on this holiday…’
Maura took to her Instagram Stories on Sunday and shared a photo of her and Chris taken during her recent birthday party in Dubai.
The couple wrapped their arms around each other as they posed on the balcony of WHITE nightclub.
It comes after Curtis Pritchard lashed out at ex-girlfriend Maura and his ‘close’ friend Chris after learning of their new romance.
The dancer, 24, dated Maura for seven months after meeting her on the 2019 series of Love Island, where Chris was also a contestant.
Relationship: Maura and Chris have been enjoying a romantic holiday to Dubai after recently confirming they are an item after months of speculation
Looking good: The Irish beauty looked stunning in a beige shirt while she also sported a patterned bandanna and wore her brunette locks in a poker straight style
And while his romance with Maura came to an end in March, he has now revealed that he feels ‘hurt’ and ‘betrayed’ after she shared news that she’s now moved on to start 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 ever 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?”
Reaction: Several of the couple’s Love Island pals and Maura’s Dancing On Ice co-star Trisha Goddard commented on the snaps
‘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 has contacted representatives for Maura and Chris for comment.
Curtis’ interview comes days after Maura and Chris confirmed they are an item, following months of speculation.
Loved up: Maura took to her Instagram Stories on Sunday and shared a photo of her and Chris taken during her recent birthday party in Dubai
The erstwhile Love Island stars took to Instagram on Tuesday night to post identical loved-up snaps, taken by the pool in Dubai.
Maura, who celebrated her birthday this week, 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!’
This was met with sweet replies from fellow Love Island contestants such as Michael Griffiths and Ellie Brown, who seemed to already be in on the secret.
Romance: Maura and Chris recently confirmed their romance on Instagram after months of speculation
Laura Anderson also chimed in, added: ‘Why am I crying? #bestnewsever’
TOWIE’s Gemma Collins also commented on the snap, writing: ‘I’m so happy for you.’
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.
Maura and Chris have fuelled rumours for months with their close friendship but denied they were an item as far back as July.
They first caused tongues to start wagging after making fun TikToks together, getting cosy over games of Twister, going on nights out and wearing one another’s dressing gowns.
Ex factor: Curtis, 24, dated Maura for seven months after meeting her on the 2019 series of Love Island, where ITV2 dating show where Chris was also a contestant
But Chris – who was coupled up with Harley Brash on the show – and Maura constantly denied the rumours in the months following her split from Curtis.
When it was put to them that they’d make the perfect couple Chris replied: ‘Yeah, potentially. We’ve never really thought about it like that, we’re just super close mates.
‘We care about each other, we look out for each other, we basically bully each other.’
Previously speaking to MailOnline, Maura insisted that her relationship with Chris is strictly platonic.
She continued: ‘Chris is one of my best friends. A lot of people have said we’re dating but it’s only because we get on so well.
Over: They went their separate ways in March, after seven months together. Seen in January
‘We click and have the same banter. We got on so well in the villa but I don’t think our friendship was shown at all.
‘A lot of people assumed we got friendly outside of the show but that wasn’t the case – we clicked straight away.’
But they were the centre of more speculation after the pals appeared on Love Island: What Happened next last month.
Speaking during a confessional, Maura admitted she regularly gets asked about their relationship, and said: ‘I get so many messages about me and Chris!’
Chris added: ‘We get on really well, similar personalities and banter… I think finding someone you can be yourself with is really rare.’
While the former grid girl joked: ‘Some day we might be friends with benefits, who knows!’
Thrilling news: The new couple, who have appeared on social media together several times in recent months, thrilled friends and fans alike when they announced their romance