REALITY TV beauty Maura Higgins has spoken for the first time about her relationship with married skater Alex Demetriou, revealing: “We are so close.”
The Dancing on Ice star, 29, announced this month that she had broken up with Curtis Pritchard amid speculation that Alex had fallen for her during training.
But opening up about the love tangle, Maura insisted she and Curtis, 24, ended their seven month romance after she decided they “didn’t have a future.”
And she went on to claim that she and Alex, 28 – who is wed to fellow Dancing on Ice skater Carlotta Edwards – are still “just friends”.
In an exclusive interview with the Sun on Sunday’s Fabulous Magazine, Maura said: “Alex and I are so close – we’ve trained together for months.
“Obviously we’re going to be close, exactly like every other partner on the show. But that’s it.
“We’re very close friends and we get on well. We have such a laugh and we are still going to be friends. No matter what’s said, I’m not going to be afraid to hang out with him.
“I’ve said to him: ‘I still want to go ice skating.’
Asked about her relationship with Curtis, who she met on Love Island last year, she said: “I’m my own brand. I don’t need anyone, there’s no point denying it!
“I just felt like I’m 29 and I want someone that I can see a future with. I’m not getting any younger.
“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.”
After Maura announced her split from Curtis this month, she was pictured sharing an emotional moment with Alex as they chatted over coffee.
And we revealed how their growing bond had left Alex’s marriage to Carlotta in tatters.
Just a week later, the skater was spotted leaving Maura’s flat after a secret rendez-vous.
And while the Irish star insisted in her interview she doesn’t need a man in her life, she admitted that she has never found it difficult to pin one down.
She revealed: “I’ve always been very, very confident. Every boy that I wanted at school I got. I’ve never struggled with boys.”
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