Inside Maura Higgins romantic trip to Dubai as boyfriend Chris Taylor 'spoils her' with expensive Cartier birthday gift

LOVE Island's Maura Higgins is celebrating her 30th birthday in style – with a lavish trip to Dubai with boyfriend Chris Taylor.

The pair finally confirmed their relationship last night after months of insisting they were just friends.

And Chris was sure to make her milestone birthday all the more memorable when he surprised her with an expensive gift from Cartier – and a delectable dessert, which read 'Happy Birthday' across it in chocolate.

The Irish beauty also gave her fans a glimpse of their incredible hotel room, which saw her room and large bed covered in romantic red rose petals.

In the same short clip on her Instagram Stories, Maura revealed they were given several different sweet treats such as chocolate dipped strawberries to celebrate her special day.

Later in on the day, the social media star shared a snap of a camel in the Dubai desert ahead of more celebrations this evening.


Last night, Maura and Chris confirmed their romance with a loved-up post on social media

29-year-old Chris, who has long joked about being in the 'friendzone' with the Irish beauty, posted a picture of them together by the pool in Dubai.

He wrote: "Turns out I fell in love with my best mate" while she shared the same picture saying: "He's mine."

The news sent Love Island fans into meltdown and their reality star pals rushed to congratulate them on their new relationship.


Greg O'Shea, who won Love Island alongside Amber Gill in 2020, wrote: "This is what 2020 needed ❤️❤️."

It came a week after the pair gave fans a clue what was going on – while equally throwing us all off the scent at the same time.

Chris was seen lifting Maura above his head before planting a kiss on her as part of the 'Kiss your best friend' TikTok challenge.

The pair never got together properly in the Love Island villa – despite going on a date but ended up in a 'friendship couple'.

Instead, Maura lusted after Tommy Fury – boyfriend of her best pal Molly-Mae Hague – before moving on to Curtis Pritchard.

However, Chris and Maura have grown increasingly close this year – though always denied anything was going on.

She recently said, when asked during a Q&A video: "This was the first question that came in and I'm not even a bit surprised.

"No, we're not dating. We are the best of friends. We just get on really well. We got on really well in villa, but not a lot of that was shown."

In August, The Sun revealed Maura had spent the night at Chris's house after the pair went on a night out bowling and ice-skating together.

Maura – who dated Curtis, 24, until March after they coupled up on last year’s Love Island – said at the time that she and Chris were "like brother and sister".

She told The Sun on Sunday’s Fabulous magazine in August that she had not had sex for six months due to lockdown.

She added: "I 100 per cent feel the sexiest of my life. I’m getting sexy for my new man. Now I definitely feel like I’m ready to be with somebody."

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