Maura Higgins says she was sexually assaulted by a taxi driver


The incident happened after the reality TV star fell asleep in the back of a taxi in Ireland

Maura Higgins claims she was sexually assaulted by a taxi driver after falling asleep in the back of a cab in Ireland after a night out.

The Love Island star, who has more than 3.5 million followers, opened up about one of her “worst experiences with a man” in an Instagram Live Q&A with her fans.

Maura said she’s unfortunately had “a few” bad experiences with men, including a story she’s not yet ready to share.

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She went on to describe the horrific encounter she had with the taxi driver.

Maura said, “So would you believe, I actually have a lot… a few. The worst thing I’ve ever told any of you and I don’t even think I’m ready yet – it was probably one of the scariest things that’s ever happened to me.

Maura Higgins at the 2021 National Television Awards (Getty Images)

“I also had an incident with a taxi driver a long time ago in Ireland and me silly fell asleep.

“My friends were dropped off before me and I was dropped off alone because I was living alone at the time. I woke up and his hand was right under my skirt.

“Honestly, I sobered up so quickly – memorized his cab number so quickly, and still remembered it the next day.”

The 31-year-old did not elaborate on the story further as to whether she had reported him or what happened after the assault.

Maura Higgin

TV personality, social media influencer

Maura Higgins from Love Island

Maura Higgins is an Irish television personality and model, who rose to prominence for her stint on Love Island in 2019, where she finished fourth. Her humor, catchphrases and gorgeous looks made her famous and since the show she has collaborated with many fashion and makeup brands.

Maura has also made appearances as a contestant on ITV’s Dancing on Ice, presenter of the Irish version of the TV show Glow Up and This Morning. Prior to her fame on Love Island, Maura worked not only for Monster Energy, but also as a ring girl for professional boxers such as Anthony Joshua.

She was born in Ballymahon, County Longford, Ireland to Seamus and Sharon Higgins. Maura has three siblings – two sisters, Becki and Louise, and a brother called Jamie.

  • Age: 31
  • Born: born November 25, 1990 in Ballymahon, Ireland
  • Lives: Essex
  • Partner: Maura has confirmed that she is single
  • Wealth: £1 million
Maura left the villa and won numerous marquee deals (Pic: Getty)

As one of the stars of the ITV2 reality show Love Island, Maura quickly got into the social media and fashion industry.

She spoke to The Independent in Ireland on the struggles of instant fame and how she coped with them.

Maura said: “You probably wouldn’t have known it at the time, but when I walked out of the villa my head was everywhere. It was so confusing, I didn’t know where I was.

“I will never forget how stressed I was…I was very upset. I didn’t know where to turn and I had no one around me except the people of Love Island. My whole family and my friends were in Ireland. It was just a very, very scary time.

Maura added: “I felt very, very alone. Very alone. At one point, I remember thinking, “I don’t even know how I’m going to improve.”


Molly-Mae has responded to boob job rumours.

Initially in the fifth series of Love Island, Molly-Mae and Maura were seen as rivals as they both showed interest in Tommy Fury, but as the season developed and now after the villa, the girls have become close friends.

Maura meets Molly-Mae and her partner Tommy regularly, whether it’s visiting them at their home in Manchester or attending events.

Maura Higgins (L) and Ellie Brown attend the PrettyLittleThing X Molly-Mae fashion show

Molly-Mae and Tommy came second in the 2019 series of Love Island ahead of Amber Gill and Greg O’Shea, but the pair have enjoyed great success in their respective careers.

Tommy continues to box like his older brother Tyson Fury, while Molly has created several fashion and beauty lines.

Tommy Fury celebrates after winning the Light Heavyweight bout between Tommy Fury and Jordan Grant

Maura walked into the Love Island villa on Day 10 and had her sights set on Tommy Fury, who was then in a relationship with Molly-Mae.

Despite the continued flirtation, Maura and Tommy did not reunite as the boxer remained faithful to his love interest Molly-Mae.

Tommy Fury is a professional boxer as well as a television personality. He made his professional debut in 2018 and won all eight of his matches.

Tommy was supposed to fight Youtuber Jake Paul last year, but Tommy had to pull out due to a broken rib and bacterial infection in his chest.

Blackpool-born Dancing on Ice star Alex Demetriou is raising money for North Shore Counseling in the Community mental health service with a sponsored walk from Blackburn to Blackpool. Photo: DA Photography/Alex Demetriou

While Maura was on Dancing on Ice, she skated alongside Alexander Demetriou until they were eliminated sixth.

However, rumors began to circulate about the “close bond” between Maura and Alex, which led to the breakdown of Alex’s marriage to Carlotta Edwards – with whom he originally joined the series.

He said to the daily mail“I think Carlotta struggled to see me so close, yet professional with Maura. It had an impact on her.

“I told Carlotta we needed a break, but I knew it was for good. I didn’t want to drive her anymore. She was shocked at how bad it was.


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Although Maura and Giovanni made their relationship official in June 2021, it was revealed that the Strictly Come Dancing pro had been imagining Maura for “a while” after seeing her at several events.

Giovanni was revealed to have waited to move on to Maura when she was single, and the Irish beauty and Italian stud continued to date for four months, with Maura even staying with Giovanni while he was on a dance tour. .

They broke up in October 2021, leaving Maura “heartbroken” due to busy schedules and lack of time together.

Arguably two of Love Island’s funniest contestants, Maura Higgins and Chris Taylor, have gone on to date after the series ended for six months.

The pair didn’t reunite on the ITV2 show, but after fan speculation Chris and Maura announced their relationship in November 2020 with the legends, “turns out I fell in love with my best friend” , and spent most of the Covid lockdown together.

Similarly with the social media announcement, the couple also shared the breakup news via their Instagram stories.

Dancer and former Love Island star Curtis Pritchard SUS-200716-110524001

Maura and Curtis teamed up on the 2019 series of Love Island, after sparks flew after Curtis broke up with co-star Amy Hart.

They then won fourth place and left the villa together for a whirlwind nine-month romance.

Things took a turn in their relationship in early 2020, when Curtis was accused of cheating.

She said to Heart: “I just felt like I was 29 and I want someone I can see a future with. I’m not getting any younger.


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