Love Island’s Curtis reveals plans to move to Maura’s homeland of Ireland
Love Island’s Curtis Pritchard, 23, has spoken of plans to “settle down” in Ireland sometime “in the future” – which is where his girlfriend Maura Higgins, 28, lives.
The professional dancer, who has previously worked in Ireland on Dancing With The Stars, opened up about his future dreams to live on Maura’s home soil.
Curtis said: “I love Ireland. I’ve literally got so many fond memories so it’s really good to be back. “I just want to go around Dublin and explore. I could actually see myself living in Ireland.
"Not currently right now because I’ve got so much going on in London but in the future maybe settling down with a family. I could see myself in Ireland,” he told The Sun.
Curtis has already visited Maura in Ireland and met her family, which was filmed for the Love Island reunion show in July. Speaking about the visit, Curtis said: “I've already been to Longford, met everyone, met the family and that was lovely – her family is incredible – all her friends are incredible.
“I sort of did a bit of a dream as well, I pulled my own pint of Guinness,” he said. ”I always wanted to do this, like I love the Guinness in Ireland and I've always wanted to pull my own pint and they let me do it at one of the pubs.
“Hands down, there's no competition whatsoever – like, sorry England, the Guinness over here is incredible.”
This comes after Curtis denied rumours he and Maura had split last week, after fans speculated there may be trouble in paradise after the couple weren’t seen together for a while.
Speaking about the hearsay, Curtis recently told new! magazine : “I don’t read to much into it, because they’re rumours. It’s mine and Maura’s relationship and we haven’t split up.
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“The main reason people thought we’d broken up, I’d say, is because we were in the villa 24/7.”
He added: “We have jobs and people expect you to still be in that villa lifestyle. But that isn’t real life. She goes to work and I go to work, so we meet up afterwards. We’re super happy with how everything is going.”
The reality star, who is yet to formally make Maura his girlfriend, recently revealed he already sees them as “official”.
He explained: “I’m old-fashioned with ‘making it official’. If you’re seeing someone you are sort of official.
“In the olden days it wouldn’t be, ‘Will you be my girlfriend?’ If you’re seeing someone and getting to know them, then you’re official until you’re not.”
But, the TV personality has since revealed plans to ask Maura to be his girlfriend after being asked “quite a lot” if they were BF and GF yet. He said: “If I’m seeing someone, it's official pretty much anyway.
Curtis Pritchard and Maura Higgins
”But have I asked ‘the question’? The answer is no to that. "Do I have something in my mind? Yes I do. So I’m leaving it at that – it's top secret."
The couple were recently forced to set the record straight after speculation rose about them knowing one another before going into the villa.
A judge from Dancing With The Stars, the Irish show Curtis had worked on, said they had already met when Curtis worked on the programme Maura worked for the brand who sponsored the reality show.
The judge, Brian Redmond, told The Mirror: “I believe Maura had been out a few times to watch the show and apparently she and Curtis had cast eyes at each other across a busy dance floor years ago.”
The couple since denied knowing one another before meeting in the villa as Curtis said on This Morning: “We will have been in the same building but never saw her,” while the brunette said they had “never bumped into each other”.
But, Curtis did slide into Maura’s DMs before the show. Maura said Curtis had a “good look at her Instagram page,” to which Curtis joked: “A little scroll.”
Maura didn’t reply to his message and explained: “Do you know what I didn’t see the message.
“And anyways, even if I did, I’m gonna be honest I wouldn’t of replied because I just don’t do that, I don’t reply to random strangers, I don’t know him.”
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