Maura Higgins says relationship with Curtis Pritchard was ‘strange’ and admits work took a toll on them

Maura Higgins has opened up about her relationship to ex boyfriend Curtis Pritchard.

The 29 year old, who recently revealed her mum made her super body confident – but she still wants botox and a bigger bum, explained that her romance with her Love Island co-star was "strange".

Speaking in an interview, the reality star said that there were issues between them from the moment they left the Majorcan villa as they both became so busy with work.

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The former grid girl confessed that "it was the worst time of her life" as she was overcome by exhaustion and had no time to see him.

She said: "I will never forget coming out of that villa.

"I think it was the worst time of my life. I was so busy, I didn't know where I was. I was living out of a hotel, I was so stressed-out I was getting ill.

"I was so exhausted. I was just working so much – I was getting nothing, no break. Then I got to a stage where my head was not okay. I was upset and feeling really low from exhaustion, and I needed to take some time."

The two hardly ever had the time to see each other in person, which eventually lead to rumours that they were broken up or even cheating on each other.

She continued: "At the beginning it was very, very hard because I was so besotted with him, and we never got to see each other.

"When we did, it was really nice because you got the time to miss somebody. But sometimes it would be two weeks."

"You know when you're in a relationship and you know someone's day to day? We were that busy that we didn't, and it was strange," she told The Sun on Sunday's Fabulous magazine.

Despite this, it wasn't until Maura began her weekly training for Dancing On Ice that both she and Curtis, who recently allegedly turned down a huge pay packet to reunite on Ex On The Beach, started feeling the impact work was having on their relationship.

"He was coming to some of the shows and stuff, but we were still very, very busy and it just took a toll on the relationship in the end," she said.

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While work definitely had a hand in their eventual demise, Maura believes their five-year age gap may have had a part to play too.

She explained that she's turning 30 this year and wants to be with someone who she can see a future with.

She said: "[Curtis] is 24 – maybe he did want that, maybe he didn't, I don't know, but I just felt it wasn't going in that direction.

"The time apart as well… I want somebody I can be with most days."

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