EXCLUSIVE ‘She’s desperate to distance herself from reality TV’: Maura Higgins has dumped her management team to pursue a modelling career and is already in advanced talks with top agencies
Maura Higgins has dumped her management team to pursue a modelling career – and is already in advance talks with top agencies.
The Love Island star, 30, is ‘desperate’ to distance herself from reality TV after finding fame on the ITV2 dating show in 2019 and competing in Dancing On Ice.
Sources close to Maura revealed that she wants to take her career in a different direction following the success of her brand partnerships with the likes of Ann Summers, and she’s keen for her personal life to remain private, instead of her romances playing out in the public eye.
‘She wants a new challenge’: Maura Higgins has dumped her management team to pursue a modelling career – and is already in advance talks with top agencies
An insider told MailOnline: ‘Maura has left the management company she signed with after coming out of the Love Island villa.
‘They have supported her from the beginning but now she’s ready to start a new chapter in her career and wants to focus on modelling.
‘She’s desperate to move away from reality TV – she wants a new challenge and has always thrived off her fashion and beauty campaigns.
‘It’s important for Maura to claim back some of her personal life, her recent breakup from Giovanni hit her hard and she knows for her next relationship to work she will need to keep it private.’
Moving on: The Love Island star is ‘desperate’ to distance herself from reality TV after finding fame on the ITV2 dating show in 2019 and competing in Dancing On Ice
Maura has removed any mention of her former management company, who also represent Love Island stars Chris Hughes, 28, Jack Fincham, 30, and Faye Winter, 26, from her Instagram profile.
The Glow Up Ireland presenter decided to make the change following her recent breakup from Strictly dancer Giovanni Pernice, 30.
Their romance ended abruptly in October and Maura has reportedly signed up to celebrity dating app Raya in the hope of finding her next partner.
Maura left Love Island in a relationship with ballroom dancer Curtis Pritchard, 25, and has also dated Chris Taylor, 30, who she met on the same series.
Sources close to Maura revealed that she wants her personal life to remain private, instead of her romances playing out in the public eye
Maura isn’t the first Love Island star to distance herself from the show.
Her close pal Molly-Mae Hague, 22, admitted this summer she wanted to be known for more than being on the dating series.
She said: ‘Obviously the last two years I have spent so much time not necessarily removing myself, because my job was an influencer before, but I wanted to go back to what I was doing before without that brand of being a Love Islander or just being known for that.
‘I definitely have spent a lot of time since I came out of the show removing myself from that stereotype and by doing that I just don’t speak about it a lot.’
‘Her breakup hit her hard’: The Glow Up Ireland presenter decided to make the change following her recent split from Strictly dancer Giovanni Pernice
Kem Cetinay told MailOnline this week he also wanted to ‘reinvent’ himself after winning Love Island in 2017.
He said: ‘Thank God everything is still going well but I started the businesses because I wanted something else to concentrate on. I wanted to be Kem and not just Kem from Love Island.
‘I feel grateful to Love Island because it’s what made me, but I want to be able to prove to myself that I can do other things and push myself harder. I had just turned 21 when I left Love Island, so I have grown up a lot in four years.’