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Maura Higgins recalls ‘crushing and scary’ time after leaving Love Island villa and says ‘I finally came to my senses’

EX-LOVE Islander Maura Higgins recalled feeling “overwhelmed and scared” after leaving the villa in 2019.

The Longford native admitted she struggled with the paparazzi frenzy and her mental health after the popular show ended.

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Maura told how doing post life work in the villa made her want to cryCredit: Rex Features
Maura said she felt 'very lonely' and her family and friends began to recognize something was wrong

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Maura said she felt ‘very lonely’ and her family and friends began to recognize something was wrong

Maura has told how doing after-life jobs in the villa made her want to cry and she felt “confused”.

Doing interviews and appearances left the 30-something “stressed out” as she noted she had been living in her Love Island suitcase for weeks.

Maura told the Independent: “You probably wouldn’t have known it at the time, but when I came out of the villa my head was everywhere. It was so confusing I didn’t know where I was going. was.

“I remember doing jobs when I first went out and I remember sitting there with a lump in my throat because all I wanted to do was cry. I m remember.

“I had moved straight to England and didn’t come home. I lived in a hotel for weeks with nothing but a suitcase full of Love Island bikinis. And I had so many interviews and personal appearances… I’ll never forget how stressed I was.

“I was very moved. I didn’t know where to turn and I had no one around me except people from the island of love. All my family and friends were in Ireland. It was just a very, very scary time. Very scary.”

The star also said she felt “very lonely” and her family and friends began to recognize that something was wrong.

She said: “Oh my god, I felt very, very alone. Very alone. At one point I remember thinking, ‘I don’t even know how I’m going to get better. I remember I didn’t even tell my mom or my best friend about it. But they knew from me that I was not well.”

However, Maura has been feeling more like herself lately, and her mother, Sharon, broke down in tears when she realized her daughter was “back to herself” for the first time in almost a year.

Maura said: “I’m finally satisfied. I finally came back to myself. It was actually mum who told me. It was about a year after Love Island, and I remember we had had a FaceTime call, which we do every day, and she started crying. And I said, ‘What’s going on? What’s wrong?’ And she said, “This is the first time I’ve seen you yourself.”

‘YOU CAN DO IT’

Maura will hit Irish screens this fall with her brand new RTE show Glow Up.

In a preview, the Love Island star is shown boosting the confidence of a crying makeup artist with some kind words saying, “You have been selected out of hundreds and hundreds of people. You are a talented woman. You have to remember that.

“Being in the red chair, I mean, it really doesn’t mean anything.

“You can always pull that off. You just need to believe in yourself. You can do it! Just think about it; stop crying; smiles; positivity. Yes? Agreed!”

A spin-off of the UK show, Glow Up Ireland sees Maura on the hunt for Ireland’s next make-up star. The outspoken model will challenge Ireland’s top amateur makeup artists to compete against each other.

A LOT OF MONEY

While the industry’s top pros, Cathyanne Mac Allister and Emma O’Byrne will put the contestants through their paces.

Maura will pocket around €30,000 for hosting Glow Up and the Irish Sun can reveal the extraordinary lengths the broadcaster had to go to to film the program – including extensive PCR tests and staff living together in bubbles.

A TV insider told the Irish Sun: “Doing a high profile make-up show during Covid was a hell of a job for RTE.

“Putting makeup on someone is so intimate, it’s definitely not something you can do remotely. That’s why a lot of RTE stars had to do their own makeup at the start of lockdown.”