Maura and Curtis ‘split over her closeness’ with Dancing on Ice star

Dancing On Ice star Maura Higgins was seen out with her skating partner Alexander Demetriou having a coffee the day after she revealed she had split from Love Island boyfriend Curtis Pritchard.

Onlookers said Maura appeared upset and in deep conversation while chatting to her skating partner close to her Essex home.

Curtis and Maura were together for eight months before their split, with sources claiming they only stayed together for work commitments – which a source close to Curtis has strenuously denied.

The former Grid Girl, 29, became close with Alex, 28, while they competed on Dancing On Ice, which allegedly caused friction between the pro skater and his wife Carlotta Edwards.

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Alex and Maura were eliminated from the ITV competition last month.

Reports suggested that Carlotta didn't trust the Irish babe and believed that her husband "had his head turned".

Speaking to The Sun, a source said: "Maura spent hours and hours with Alex in rehearsals for weeks and they have got really close.

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"They have grown very friendly and it's not gone unnoticed with the rest of the cast and crew – or Carlotta.

"She is furious about their increasingly cosy relationship which has continued despite Maura being knocked out of the competition. There are clearly some feelings there which Maura can't help."

Maura and Curtis announced their split on Instagram on Monday night.

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The brunette beauty penned: "Curtis and I have made the decision to separate.

"We enjoyed a great experience from our time in the villa and want to thank everyone for supporting our relationship.

"There is no easy way to get through a breakup and no bad feeling on either side. We tried to make it work but it wasn’t to be and I wish Curtis nothing but the best for the future."

Meanwhile, Curtis is gearing up to hit the road with Strictly Come Dancing star and brother, AJ Pritchard.

The brothers are set to tour the UK and showcase their dancing skills to fans across the nation alongside their dancing partners.

Daily Star Online has contacted a representative for Maura and Alexander.

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