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Love Island's Maura Higgins claims bosses encouraged her to 'dump boyfriend of six months to star on the show last year'

By Connie Rusk For Mailonline

Published: 18:39 BST, 10 October 2019 | Updated: 18:39 BST, 10 October 2019

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Maura Higgins has claimed Love Island bosses tried to get her to join the show last year- despite having a boyfriend.

The Irish grid girl, 28, was in a six-month relationship and said she was approached by producers who urged her to dump her boyfriend so she could enter the villa.

Maura said her boyfriend at the time was furious, when bosses said of her short-term relationship: 'you don’t really know that that’s going to last.'

Maura Higgins has claimed Love Island bosses tried to get her to join the show last year- despite having a boyfriend

Maura Higgins has claimed Love Island bosses tried to get her to join the show last year- despite having a boyfriend

Maura went on to star on the hit ITV2 show earlier this year and sparked up a romance with Curtis Pritchard. 

Speaking at Girls With Goals on Her.ie, Maura said: 'I remember last year when they called me up and I was with my ex – we had been together about six months and I said "no I’m in a relationship".

'They were like "how long have you been with that guy" and I said "six months" and they were like "well you don’t really know that that’s going to last" and they said to me ‘if anything happens closer to the show, let us know and we’ll get you in there’.

'My boyfriend wasn’t very happy.'

Maura went on to star on the hit ITV2 show earlier this year and sparked up a romance with Curtis Pritchard (pictured earlier this week a the Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year)

Maura went on to star on the hit ITV2 show earlier this year and sparked up a romance with Curtis Pritchard (pictured earlier this week a the Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year)

Reality star in the making: Maura said: 'I remember last year when they called me up and I was with my ex – we had been together about six months and I said

Reality star in the making: Maura said: 'I remember last year when they called me up and I was with my ex – we had been together

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