Maura Higgins has slammed rumours she is romantically linked to her married Dancing On Ice professional partner Alexander Demetriou after he was seen leaving her house.
Alexander, 29, is married to Carlotta Edwards, who also stars on the hit ITV skating show, but was reported to have grown close to Maura, also 29, during their time together on the ratings hit.
Just weeks after leaving the competition, Love Island star Maura announced her split from ballroom dancer Curtis Pritchard, and was seen having an emotional conversation with Alexander in a coffee shop.
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But the rumour mill went into overdrive this weekend when Alexander was spotted leaving Maura's home and walking to his car, seemingly looking as if he was trying to go unnoticed.
Newly single Irish beauty Maura has now taken to social media to hit out at the claims.
She wrote to her 154,000 Twitter followers: "2020 & yet again a man & woman can not be friends!
"Me & Alex are friends + joe and I are friends! YES I have more male friends than female! GET OVER IT!!! [sic]"
A source told The Sun On Sunday, who obtained the photos: "He was trying very hard not to be noticed.
"He had his head down and hood pulled up. Why would you do that just to go to your car?
"He also looked around pretty carefully before emerging from the building and driving away.
"The impression created was that he was trying to sneak out without being seen."
Sources also told the publication how the photographs will leave Alexander’s wife "devastated".
The insider said: "This will devastate Carlotta. As much as her relationship with Alex has deteriorated, they are still married.
"She was hanging on to a hope they might be able to fix the unfixable. But it seems very clear there won't be a way back.
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"And seeing Alex emerge from Maura's flat will be a real kick in the teeth. I imagine it will be a bitter pill for Curtis to swallow too."
Carlotta appeared to shut down the reports as she posted a loved-up photo of her and her hubby on Instagram ahead of the Dancing On Ice final last week.
Writing in the caption, Alexander’s wife gushed: "Love this one so much. Can't wait for you guys to see the voting window routine. It's truly magical."
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