Maura Higgins and Curtis Pritchard hit by claims 'they secretly split THREE ...

Maura Higgins and her now ex-boyfriend Curtis Pritchard have been hit by claims that they secretly split three months ago.

The former grid girl, 29, allegedly felt pressured to stay in her relationship with the professional dancer, 24, in a bid to boost their profile, despite only announcing their split on Monday.

It comes after Maura reportedly confronted Curtis over claims that he had cheated on her with dancer Amber Pierson, just hours after MailOnline exclusively revealed that they had parted ways.

Shocking: Maura Higgins and her now ex-boyfriend Curtis Pritchard have been hit by claims that they secretly split three months ago, after she felt pressured to stay with him for fame

Shocking: Maura Higgins and her now ex-boyfriend Curtis Pritchard have been hit by claims that they secretly split three months ago, after she felt pressured to stay with him for fame

According to a source speaking to The Sun, Maura and Curtis' relationship turned sour following their row at the National Television Awards in January.

The couple were reportedly told that if they stayed together they could make millions.

The source said: '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.'

Upsetting: It's been claimed that the former grid girl felt pressured to stay with with the professional dancer to boost their profile, despite claims they only split on Monday

Upsetting: It's been claimed that the former grid girl felt pressured to stay with with the professional dancer to boost their profile, despite claims they only split on Monday

On Monday a source confirmed to MailOnline that Maura and Curtis had officially split, just eight months after they met in the Love Island villa.

Just hours later Maura was spotted tearing up on the phone after allegedly confronting Curtis over claims he cheated on her with another dancer.

The Dancing On Ice , 29, feared the worst after being tagged in a tweet that claimed Curtis, 24, had been 'hugging and kissing' Amber Pierson, 20, who is performing on his Strictly brother AJ's live tour.  

A tweet from an anonymous account alleged that they had seen Curtis with fellow dancer Amber at Freedom Bar in London's Soho on Saturday, as Maura enjoyed a separate night out at a different club. 

Hard: On Tuesday Maura was spotted engaging in an emotional phone call, amid claims she confronted Curtis over claims he had cheated on her

Hard: On Tuesday Maura was spotted engaging in an emotional phone call, amid claims she confronted Curtis over claims he had cheated on her

An anonymous account tweeted that Curtis had been 'kissing and hugging' fellow dancer Amber Pierson

An anonymous account tweeted that Curtis had been 'kissing and hugging' fellow dancer Amber Pierson

Night out: Curtis posed for pictures with Amber and AJ, as well as other performers on the tour at Freedom Bar in London's Soho

Night out: Curtis posed for pictures with Amber and AJ, as well as other performers on the tour at Freedom Bar in London's Soho

Curtis denied any wrongdoing after being questioned by Maura – but sources say it was the final straw for the couple, who confirmed their split on Monday.

An insider told MailOnline: 'Maura and Curtis hadn't been right since the night of the National Television Awards.

'First it was a video of Curtis looking close to a girl on New Year's Eve, which was published the same day as Maura's first live performance on Dancing on Ice. Then their fallout at the NTAs.

'But the tip of the iceberg for Maura was having to confront Curtis over a tweet which said he kissed Amber, who he performs with on tour. It seemed to be following a pattern.

Party ready: Professional dancer Amber, who performs with Curtis on the AJ Live tour, shared a picture on her Instagram story ahead of her night out on Saturday

Party ready: Professional dancer Amber, who performs with Curtis on the AJ Live tour, shared a picture on her Instagram story ahead of her night out on Saturday

'After their separate nights out on Saturday, Maura tried to text Curtis but he didn't reply. He called her instead and said it wasn't true.

'It wasn't enough for Maura so they came to a mutual decision to end their relationship. 

'In the weeks leading up to their breakup they had hardly seen each other, with Curtis on tour and Maura performing on Dancing On Ice.  

'But she has been so upset since, this is her normal life and she did truly love Curtis.'

Parted ways: On Monday MailOnline exclusively revealed that Curtis and Maura had split just eight months after they met in the Love Island villa

Parted ways: On Monday MailOnline exclusively revealed that Curtis and Maura had split just eight months after they met in the Love Island villa

An anonymous Twitter user claimed he saw Curtis kissing Amber, who is believed to have a boyfriend, at Freedom Bar in a tweet posted at 2am on Sunday. 

The same account has since liked several tweets in reference to the couple's split, which was first revealed on Monday by MailOnline. 

The couple's relationship was first rocked in January after a video of Curtis getting close to another woman on New Year's Eve emerged. 

Curtis claimed he'd done nothing wrong, saying at the time: 'You can't hug somebody or talk to somebody in this day and age without something coming out.' 

Montana Brown: Couples are pressured stay together

In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, Love Island 2017 star Montana Brown claimed that couples from the show opt to stay together so they can make more money.

She said: 'People worry they won't do as well on their own. It's also a really overwhelming time so it can be good to have someone by your side.

'People feel a lot of pressure to stay in their couples when they come out the villa. 

'They think we will make more money this way and it's a good look. But being together can also feel like a comfort blanket. It's definitely a daunting time.' 

On Monday a source exclusively revealed to MailOnline that Maura and Curtis had split, though at the time it was claimed that they had only just called it quits after eight months together. 

A source told MailOnline: 'It's going to be a tough time for Maura. She really tried to make things work with Curtis but unfortunately they've gone their separate ways. 

'Most of her family and close friends are in Ireland, which will make this even more difficult for her.' 

A representative for Maura confirmed the news to MailOnline. 

The Dancing on Ice star took to her Instagram stories on Monday evening to explain it had been a joint decision for the pair to part ways. 

She said: 'Curtis and I have made the decision to separate. We enjoyed a great experience from our time in the villa and want to thank everyone for supporting

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