Curtis Pritchard reveals Chris Taylor and Maura Higgins unfollowed him online months before they revealed their romance

CURTIS Pritchard says his ex Maura Hggins' new boyfriend Chris Taylor unfollowed him on social media months before they revealed their romance.

The Love Island pair, who have always denied romance rumours, embraced in a photo on Instagram earlier this week as Irish stunner Maura told fans: "He's mine".

And now Curtis says Chris abruptly ended their friendship months before going public with Maura.

"When we were on Love Island, Chris was upset in the villa a lot," Curtis exclusively tells The Sun.

"I supported him and backed him up, I was a really good person to Chris – and he told me then that he fancied Maura.

"But later on it all disappeared, he unfollowed me online, then Maura unfollowed me too. It was all very strange, and a weird scenario."

The news that Maura and Chris are dating sent Love Island fans into meltdown this week and their reality star pals rushed to congratulate them on their new relationship.

Love Island 2020 winner Greg O'Shea wrote: "This is what 2020 needed ❤️❤️"

Gemma Collins said: "I’m so happy for you 💗💫💗"

And Love Island fan Jacqueline Jossa raved: "Thank f**k!"

Last week the Love Island 2019 stars drove fans wild when they took part in the 'Kiss your best friend' challenge on Instagram.

It looked more than a little romantic, with Chris, 29, whipping his shirt off, before lifting her above his head.

Chris and Maura, who now lives in Essex, have been linked for months, after she split from fellow Love Islander Curtis.

But she had insisted they were not dating, telling fans: "We are the best of friends."

She recently said, when asked during a Q&A video: "This was the first question that came in and I'm not even a bit surprised.

"No, we're not dating. We are the best of friends. We just get on really well. We got on really well in villa, but not a lot of that was shown."

In August, The Sun revealed Maura had spent the night at Chris's house after the pair went on a night out bowling and ice-skating together.

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