Love Island's Chris Taylor passionately kisses Maura Higgins

Love Island’s Chris Taylor passionately kisses Maura Higgins on her birthday after shocking fans by confirming they are an item and have ‘fallen in love’

  • The couple were featured on Love Island 2019 – but not as an item
  • They have sparked romance rumours for months due to their close friendship
  • The pair have always denied they are romantically linked
  • They posted matching snaps on Instagram on Tuesday night, looking loved-up
  • Love Island co-stars flocked to the comments to gush over the couple’s news 

They revealed they are now in a relationship after ‘falling in love.’ 

And Love Island star Chris Taylor shared a picture of himself passinately kissing his new girlfriend Maura Higgins on Wednesday as she celebrated her 30th birthday.

The sweet post saw Chris joining the ‘How it started, how it’s going’ meme trend as he revealed his and Maura’s journey from best pals to boyfriend and girlfriend.

Going well! Love Island star Chris Taylor shared a picture of himself passinately kissing his new girlfriend Maura Higgins on Wednesday as she celebrated her 30th birthday

The first snap showed the Love Island BFFs pulling funny faces for the camera while the new ‘How it’s going’ photo saw the lovebirds passionately kissing. 

‘Happy birthday you ridiculous human,’ Chris captioned the smitten post.  

A delighted Maura shared a peek at her birthday morning on her Instagram Stories, snapping a photo of a delicious stack of pancakes.

She also shared the romantic setting Chris had arranged, with rose petals strewn over their bed and chocolates decorated photos of the couple.


Sweet: A delighted Maura shared a peek at her birthday morning on her Instagram Stories, snapping a photo of a delicious stack of pancakes and personalised chocolates from Chris

Maura and Chris shared matching Instagram photos on Tuesday night from Dubai, confirming they are an item – after months of speculation.

Maura, 29, and Chris, 30, gazed lovingly at each other in the photo, smiling contently, with Maura captioning her post: ‘He’s mine!’

Chris followed suit, writing: ‘Turns out I fell in love with my best mate!’ 

About time too! Maura and Chris shared matching Instagram photos on Tuesday night, confirming they are an item – after months of speculation

This was met with sweet replies from fellow Love Island contestants such as Micheal Griffiths and Ellie Brown, who seemed to already be in on the secret.

Laura Anderson also chimed in, added: ‘Why am I crying? #bestnewsever’

TOWIE’s Gemma Collins also comnented on the snap, writing: ‘I’m so happy for you.’ 

The loved up pair looked the picture of happiness – Maura in a champagne satin mini-dress and Chris in his trademark jazzy shirt and ripped skinny jeans. 

Ex marks the spot: Chris has been friends with Maura, seen posing with her and her ex Curtis Pritchard after their stint together on Love Island 2019

The secret’s out: This was met with sweet replies from fellow Love Island contestants such as Micheal Griffiths and Ellie Brown, who seemed to already be in on the secret

The couple have fuelled rumours for months with their close friendship but denied they were an item as far back as July.

They first caused tongues to start wagging after making fun Tik Toks together, getting cosy over games of Twister, going on nights out and wearing one another’s dressing gowns.

But Chris – who was coupled up with Harley Brash on the show – and Maura – who split up with her Love Island fling Curtis Pritchard at the start of the year – constantly denied the rumours.

When it was put to them that they’d make the perfect couple Chris replied: ‘Yeah, potentially. We’ve never really thought about it like that, we’re just super close mates.

Long-lost love: Chris was coupled up with Harley Brash on the show, but this did not last long

‘We care about each other, we look out for each other, we basically bully each other.’

The pair did little to halt speculation after sharing a cheeky kiss on camera in a recent social media post.

Chris shared a clip of them kissing on his Instagram account on Thursday, while they took part in the ‘kiss your best friend TikTok challenge’.

In the steamy video, the former Love Islander was seen pulling Maura off the sofa as he tried to persuade her to take part in the video with him.

Kiss: The pair did little to halt speculation after sharing a cheeky kiss on camera in a recent social media post

But Chris took things up a notch as he whipped his shirt off before lifting his pal over his head for a Dirty Dancing-style lift.

When he slowly lowered the brunette beauty back to the ground, he leaned in for a quick peck on the lips, only to have Maura smile and seemingly bat him away. 

However, at the end of the video, Maura seemed to lean back in for another kiss after apparently rejecting Chris’s initial advances during the challenge.

Steamy! In the steamy video, the former Love Islander was seen pulling Maura off the sofa as he tried to persuade her to take part in the video with him

But the video was cut short, leaving fans on the edge of their seats as they continue to hope for a blossoming romance between the former Love Islanders.

Alongside the video, Chris penned: ‘Kiss your best friend challenge @maurahiggins . Cheers Tiktok…bloody fantastic idea. Probs shouldn’t have lunged in fairness.’ 

An unimpressed Maura hilariously commented on the video: ‘Stop trying to kiss your best friend!’

While other former Love Island stars, including Joe Garratt, Georgia Steel and Laura Anderson, quickly flocked to express their shock and ‘love’ for the adorable clip.

Rejection: When Chris slowly lowered the brunette beauty back to the ground, he leaned in for a quick peck on the lips, only to have Maura smile and seemingly bat him away

Peck on the lips: But at the end of the adorable video, Maura seemed to lean back in for another kiss after apparently rejecting Chris’s initial advances during the challenge

But fans could not help but notice Maura seeming to come back to kiss Chris at the end of the video, causing even more speculation about a budding romance.

One excited fan wrote: ‘Looked like she went to kiss you back!’ 

While another penned: ‘How can you cut it off like that bro , we all saw her go back in for that kiss you can’t fool us’

And a third simply commented: ‘She definitely came back to kiss you.’  

Friends: The pair first met on season five of Love Island, with Chris exiting the villa without finding love and Maura leaving the show alongside Curtis Pritchard

Previously speaking to MailOnline, Maura insisted that her relationship with Chris is strictly platonic.

She continued: ‘Chris is one of my best friends. A lot of people have said we’re dating but it’s only because we get on so well.

‘We click and have the same banter. We got on so well in the villa but I don’t think our friendship was shown at all.

‘A lot of people assumed we got friendly outside of the show but that wasn’t the case – we clicked straight away.’ 

Cheeky! Maura and Chris appeared on Love Island: What Happened next last month, where the former grid girl joked that one day they ‘might be friends with benefits, who knows!’

But they were the centre of more speculation after the pals appeared on Love Island: What Happened next last month. 

Speaking during a confessional, Maura admitted she regularly gets asked about their relationship, and said: ‘I get so many messages about me and Chris!’

Chris added: ‘We get on really well, similar personalities and banter… I think finding someone you can be yourself with is really rare.’

While the former grid girl joked: ‘Some day we might be friends with benefits, who knows!’  

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