Maura Higgins is adamant that she and her former Dancing On Ice partner Alex Demetriou are nothing more than pals.
The Love Island bombshell, 29, and skating professional, 28, were hit with rumours of a flirtation during their time on the ITV show and shortly after the series wrapped Alex confessed his marriage to Carlotta Edwards had collapsed.
Irish beauty Maura told her Instagram followers during a Q and A on Saturday night that she is "not bothered" about speculation about her and Alex and shared that its "pure sh*te" that they are romantic.
After a fan quizzed her on what she thinks about speculation that she and Alex are a couple, she boldly told: "Again it doesn’t bother me, we are in 2020 and a man and woman still cannot be just friends, put sh*te you know.”
Maura's answer could be a dagger to Alex after reports emerged claiming that has plans to make his move on the stunner following the end of his four-year marriage.
His close friends spilled Alex has hopes of a serious romance with Maura, despite their relationship being strictly platonic on Dancing On Ice.
It's also claimed the besotted dancer finds the Irish bombshell "very attractive" and he's keen to spend more time with her.
Sources told The Sun : “Alexander is very taken with Maura. Those around her insist it’s just friendship but like most men, they go weak around Maura.
“Her confidence attracts men. It’s not her fault he finds her attractive and wants to spend time with her. It’s totally natural.
“But for Carlotta this has been really tough and it seems it’s going to get tougher before it gets easier.”
In April Alex confirmed he had split from his wife Carlotta.
Alex told to his fans on social media: "I'm sorry I have been quiet on social media recently but it's been a tough time for me personally.
"Carlotta and I have separated. Although it saddens me that we can no longer be together, I feel this is best for both of us.
"I'm looking forward to what the future will bring but in the meantime let's all say home and stay safe. Alex xx."
Maura has been single since she split up from Love Island co-star Curtis Pritchard - the former promotional model and dancer ended things during her stint on DOI.
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