Maura Higgins looks distressed during tearful phone call in first photos since Curtis Pritchard split

Love Island star Maura Higgins has been spotted looking downcast in the first photos taken of her since she announced her split from Curtis Pritchard earlier this week.

The 29 year old Irish brunette looked as if she was close to tears after she revealed her and the 23 year old professional dancer’s “decision to separate”.

Maura, who reportedly confronted Curtis over “cheating” allegations before the breakup, engaged in an emotional phone call as she left a leisure centre in Essex after admitting “there is no easy was to get through a breakup”.

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She wore a black gym zip top underneath a black leather-look puffer jacket with a faux-fur brown trim hood, which she had up over her head to cover her tumbling brunette locks.

A heartbroken Maura wore a pair of black gym leggings and a pair of black, gold and white trainers with a brown trim around the toe as she walked across the carpark of the leisure centre.

Maura held her phone to her ear while she hooked a large brown Louis Vuitton duffle bag with the zip left open on the other arm.

The former grid girl went makeup free, but looked tanned as she appeared down in the dumps, hinting at her heartbreak over the end of her romance with The Greatest Dancer receptionist.

Maura looked uneasy and clearly upset while she spoke on her iPhone and walked towards a black car.

And, as she began to duck down to sit in the black vehicle with a silver trim around the windows, Maura was close to tears as she frowned while still speaking on the phone.

The reality star was guided into the car by a man wearing a navy blue tie and light blue shirt underneath a grey blazer-style jacket, who seemed concerned while an emotional Maura climbed into the black vehicle.

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It comes as Curtis broke his silence since the end of their relationship was made public knowledge.

The 23 year old professional dancer took to Instagram to share glimpses of the preparations behind his and his brother AJ’s UK dance tour, called AJ Live 2020, which kicks off this month.

Curtis is yet to publicly comment on his breakup and instead is focussing his attention on the joint dance tour with his 25 year old brother, by sharing behind-the-scenes shots from the preparations.

Meanwhile, it’s been reported Maura and Curtis has split in “secret” three months before they made it public that they had gone their separate ways.

A source has told The Sun Online: “Maura felt pressured to stick with him. They had booked jobs together, parties they had to attend.

“When they met in Love Island it was genuine. But when the showbiz treadmill started on the outside, it was a sham.”

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Speaking about the exes last public appearance together, where Maura was seen leaving “in tears” at the National Television Awards, the source continued: “The NTAs was the last straw.

“Maura has star quality and is a professional. Curtis showed his true colours that night.”

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