It’s been a rough year, but at least our faith in love has been restored thanks to Maura Higgins and Chris Taylor.
The Love Island stars delighted fans last night when they confirmed via sweet Instagram posts that they are in item.
Chris, 30, left us all swooning as he wrote: ‘Turns out I fell in love with my best mate’, with Maura, also 30, captioning her post: ‘He’s mine.’
Judging by their fellow islanders’ comments – ranging from ‘FINALLY’ to ‘About time’ – these two have been keeping their romance under wraps for a while, and eagle-eyed followers may have spotted the signs they were together.
Chris had long been mocking friend Maura’s sexy Instagram shots on TikTok, but a month after the Irish star confirmed her split from Curtis Pritchard, things stepped up a notch.
The pair spliced together videos to make their own Flip The Switch challenge clip, with Chris dressing in Maura’s Playboy bunny outfit and Maura putting on her future beau’s robe and towel turban.
They kept their social media antics going the following month, with Maura joining Chris, Michael Griffiths and Jordan Hames on a live Instagram.
However, it was the accompanying photo Maura used to promote the live that got everyone talking, as she and Chris looked like a picture perfect couple.
The flirtations got more blatant in June, after Maura posted a picture in which she wore a onesie with a pair of Minnie Mouse ears and wrote: ‘Just need to find a Mickey.’
Chris then shared his own post in which he also wore a pair of Disney ears, and wrote: ‘Just need to find a Minnie.’
The post didn’t go unnoticed by Maura, who commented: ‘Interesting’, followed by laughing emojis.
Throw in the fact that the same month, Chris was pictured leaving Maura’s house in the same clothes he wore the night before, and the rumour mill was out of control.
Chris joked about ‘Shawshanking the friend zone’ in a raunchy TikTok posted in August, in which Maura knelt down in front of him before reaching for the remote.
He captioned the video: ‘When you THINK you’ve shawshanked the friend-zone @maurahiggins.
‘Ahhh…friend-zone, nice to see you again, how’s life? The kids well? Excellent. Yeeeeeeah, had better days actually mate. See you soon though yeah!? Lovely.’
Chris joined Maura on the set of an Ann Summer shoot with CEO Jacqueline Gold, for which he dressed in a Playboy bunny outfit while Maura wore a racy red latex bodysuit.
At the time, we thought he was just there to add comedy to the #ad, but perhaps they came as a package deal?
Before the pair announced they were a couple, they were teasing their chemistry with the ‘Kiss your best friend’ TikTok challenge.
Chris captioned the cute video: ‘Cheers Tiktok…bloody fantastic idea ? probs shouldn’t have lunged in fairness.’
Although they didn’t quite kiss, fans pointed out the sexual tension and claimed that Maura leaned in for the smooch first.
Turns out, they were playing us all, as they were already an official couple by then.
Credit: Original article published here.