Maura Higgins has confirmed her split from boyfriend Chris Taylor after seven months together.
The pair went public with their romance last November, but have sadly decided to go their separate ways.
Announcing the news on social media, Maura said, “It breaks my heart to even type this but I wanted to let everyone know that myself and Chris have made the joint decision to end our relationship.
“There is no wrongdoing on either side… We still love, care and respect each other deeply.”
She continued, “From the minute we met each other we’ve been very close friends and that will never change.
“There is no regret. Life is about taking chances. We wanted to make this work but we have realised we work better being friends.
“Whilst I appreciate people may speculate or create false stories, this is the truth. I wish Chris nothing but the best and I will always be one of his biggest supporters.”
Chris also shared a statement online, revealing the pair hope to remain friends despite the breakup.
“We are both still on very good terms and this was a mutual decision where nobody had done anything wrong,” he said.
He continued, “We will remains friends, as we have been since day 1 and I will always be in Maura’s corner and have her back.
“We are both going through a tough time with this at the moment, so please take any speculation with a metric tonne of salt, cos this is the only truth (and as always trolls can kindly f*** off).
“Thank you for all the love and support you’ve given us, it’s been truly appreciated.”
The pair first met in the Love Island villa in 2019.