The incident came after the reality star fell asleep in the back seat of a taxi in Ireland
Maura Higgins claims she was sexually assaulted by a taxi driver after she fell asleep in the back seat of a taxi after a night out in Ireland.
The Love Island star, who has over 3.5million followers, explained one of her “worst experiences with a man” in an Instagram Live Q&A with her fans.
Maura said she’s unfortunately had “a few” bad experiences with men, including one story she doesn’t want to share just yet.
She went on to describe the terrifying encounter she had with the taxi driver.
Maura said: “Would you believe I actually have a lot… a few. The worst thing I’ve never told any of you guys and I don’t think I’m even ready – it was probably one of the scariest things that has ever happened to me.
“I also had an incident with a taxi driver a long time ago in Ireland and stupidly I fell asleep.
“My friends were dropped off before me and I was dropped off on my own because I was living alone at the time. I woke up and his hand was right on my skirt.
“Honestly, I sobered up so quickly — I memorized his cab number so quickly, and I still remembered it the next day.”
The 31-year-old didn’t elaborate on the story, whether she reported him or what happened after the attack.
Television Personality, Social Media Influencer
Maura Higgins is an Irish television personality and model, best known for her time on Love Island in 2019, where she placed fourth. Her humor, catchphrases and gorgeous looks have made her famous and she has collaborated with numerous fashion and makeup brands since the show.
Maura has also appeared as a contestant on ITV’s Dancing on Ice, as a presenter on the Irish version of TV show Glow Up and on This Morning. Prior to her Love Island fame, Maura not only worked for Monster Energy but also worked as a ring girl for professional boxers like Anthony Joshua.
She was born in Ballymahon, County Longford, Ireland to Seamus and Sharon Higgins. Maura has three siblings – two sisters, Becki and Louise, and a brother named Jamie.
- Age: 31
- Born: November 25, 1990 in Ballymahon, Ireland
- Lives: Essex
- Partner: Maura confirmed that she is single
- Assets: £1million
As one of the breakout stars of ITV2 reality show Love Island, Maura has shot into the social media and fashion industries at a rapid pace.
She spoke to The Independent in Ireland on the struggles for instant fame and how she’s dealt with it.
Maura said: “You probably wouldn’t have known that at the time, but coming out of the villa my head was everywhere. It was so messed up I didn’t know where I was.
“I will never forget how stressed I was … I was very overwhelmed. I didn’t know where to turn and I had no one around me except the Love Island people. All my family and friends have been to Ireland. It was just a very, very scary time.”
Maura added: “I felt very, very alone. very alone I remember at one point thinking, ‘I don’t even know how to improve.'”
Molly-Mae and Maura were originally considered rivals in Love Island series five as they both expressed an interest in Tommy Fury, but over the course of the season and now post-Villa, the girls have become close friends.
Maura regularly catches up with Molly-Mae and her partner Tommy, whether it’s visiting their home in Manchester or going to events.
Molly-Mae and Tommy finished second to Amber Gill and Greg O’Shea in the 2019 Love Island series, but the two have found great success in their respective careers.
Tommy continues to box like his older brother Tyson Fury while Molly has created multiple fashion and beauty lines.
Maura entered the Love Island mansion on Day 10 and set his sights on Tommy Fury, who was dating Molly-Mae at the time.
Despite the constant flirting, Maura and Tommy never got together as the boxer remained loyal to his love, Molly-Mae.
Tommy Fury is a professional boxer and television personality. He made his professional debut in 2018 and has won all eight of his games.
Tommy was supposed to fight Youtuber Jake Paul last year but had to pull out due to a broken rib and a bacterial chest infection.
While Maura was with Dancing on Ice, she ran alongside Alexander Demetriou until they were eliminated in sixth place.
However, rumors circulated about Maura and Alex’s “close bond”, which in turn led to the collapse of Alex’s marriage to Carlotta Edwards – with whom he originally joined the show.
He agreed the daily mail: “I think Carlotta had a hard time seeing me so close yet professional with Maura. It affected her.
“I told Carlotta we needed a break, but I knew it was forever. I didn’t want to lead them anymore. She was shocked at how serious it was.”
Although Maura and Giovanni made their relationship official in June 2021, it’s revealed that the Strictly Come Dancing pro has had a crush on Maura for “some time” after spotting her at multiple events.
It turns out Giovanni was waiting to meet Maura when she was single and the Irish beauty and Italian stud stayed together for four months, with Maura even staying with Giovanni while he was on a dance tour.
They split in October 2021, leaving Maura “heartbroken” due to busy schedules and lack of time.
Arguably two of Love Island’s funniest contestants, Maura Higgins and Chris Taylor continued on for six months after the series ended.
The couple didn’t get together on the ITV2 show but following fan speculation, Chris and Maura announced their relationship in November 2020 with the captions ‘Turns out I’ve fallen in love with my best mate’ and spent most of it together of the Covid lockdown together.
As well as the social media announcement, the couple also shared the breakup news via their Instagram stories.
Maura and Curtis teamed up on the 2019 series of Love Island after sparks flew following Curtis’ split with co-star Amy Hart.
They went on to claim fourth place and left the villa together for a whirlwind romance that lasted nine months.
In early 2020, their relationship changed when Curtis was accused of cheating.
she said heart: “I just felt like I was 29 and I want someone to see a future with. I’m not getting any younger.”